Esther Sackett is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Dispute Resolution Research Center and a Lecturer of Management and Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She received her PhD from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, her MPA in Health Policy and Management from the Wagner School of Public Service at NYU, and her BA in Anthropology from Ithaca College. Prior to academia, Esther spent half a decade managing interdisciplinary projects in the healthcare industry.
Esther’s research investigates the interpersonal dynamics of collaboration and motivation within and across teams. In particular, she examines how the diverse goals of team members – as well as their awareness and experience of that goal diversity – affect coordination, perceptions of coordination, and interpersonal processes at the individual, team, and inter-organizational levels of analysis. To do this, Esther uses a wide range of methodological approaches, and has conducted field studies (both qualitative and survey-based) as well as laboratory experiments. Her work, which has been published in Research in Organizational Behavior and Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, is motivated by a desire to improve our understanding of complex collaborative processes.