Vijaya Venkataramani

Vijaya Venkataramani is an associate professor of management & organization at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. She is a former associate editor at the Journal of Applied Psychology. Venkataramani’s research focuses on creativity and innovation in organizations, especially understanding how informal social relationships and social networks at work enable employees’ ability to develop and implement creative ideas. Her recent research has focused on exploring why, although employees may have new ideas, these ideas often go unheard, unrecognized or even prematurely rejected by their managers, and how both employees and managers can address this. Her research has appeared in such journals as the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology and Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes.

Leading in a Time of Crisis

It’s challenging to steer an organization through a crisis. And when several crises converge at once the challenge is even greater.

2020 has been a year, marked by unprecedented turmoil. Business leaders have grappled with a deadly pandemic, a sharp economic contraction, a dismantling of business norms, and a social reckoning stirred by the police killing of George Floyd.

Fearless Idea 24: Unleash Your Creativity

Sharing creative ideas at work can be risky. What if a suggestion appears foolish? What if it upsets a comfortable routine? What if it fails? When in doubt, many employees keep their mouths shut. One way to counteract these instincts and foster creativity is to develop a seemingly unrelated skill: Networking. Smith School professor Vijaya Venkataramani and her co-authors show the link between creativity and networking in a study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology. Read more...

Vijaya Venkataramani

Vijaya Venkataramani is an Associate Professor of Management & Organization at the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. She is a former Associate Editor at the Journal of Applied Psychology. Professor Venkataramani’s research focuses on creativity and innovation in organizations, especially understanding how informal social relationships and social networks at work enable employees’ ability to develop and implement creative ideas.

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