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Larissa Tiedens

Professor, Organizational Behavior
Contact Info
Jonathan B. Lovelace Professor of Organizational Behavior
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Academic Area: 
Organizational Behavior
Additional Administrative Titles
Director, Executive Program in Leadership: The Effective Use of Power

Research Statement

Professor Tiedens' research is primarily in two areas: (1) the psychology of social hierarchies, and (2) the social context of emotion. She is specifically interested in the psychological processes involved in the creation and maintenance of hierarchical relationships. Her work on emotion is concerned with the effects of emotion on social judgment and with relations between social roles and emotions.


Professor Tiedens is the Jonathan B. Lovelace Professor of Organizational Behavior. She received her BA in Psychology from Carleton College and her PhD in Social Psychology from The University of Michigan. Professor Tiedens’ research is concerned with the psychology of social hierarchies and the role of emotions in organizational life. Most recently, Lara has focused on the processes involved in the spontaneous emergence of hierarchies and on the emotional and psychological benefits these hierarchies provide. Her research has appeared in a number of journals in social psychology and organizational behavior and she sits on the editorial boards of Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Organizational Science, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Professor Tiedens teaches about interpersonal and team dynamics, the effects of emotions, and negotiations in the MBA, PhD, and Executive programs. Her research and teaching have won awards.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, University of Michigan, 1998
  • MA, University of Michigan, 1993
  • BA (Hons.), Phi Beta Kappa, Carleton College, 1993

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford University since 1998

Awards and Honors

  • Ascendant Scholar, Western Academy of Management, 2003
  • PhD Faculty Distinguished Service Award, Stanford University, 2002
  • Paterson Award, Minnesota Psychological Association, 1993


Journal Articles

E.M. Zitek, Larissa Tiedens. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. January 2012, Vol. 102, Issue 1, Pages 98-115.
Marwan Sinaceur, Larissa Tiedens. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. 2006, Vol. 42, Issue 3, Pages 314–322.
Jennifer S. Lerner, Larissa Tiedens. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making. 2006, Vol. 19, Issue 2, Pages 115–137.
Jennifer R. Overbeck, Larissa Tiedens, Sebastien Brion. European Journal of Social Psychology. 2006, Vol. 36, Issue 4, Pages 479–496.
Fiona Lee, Christopher Peterson, Larissa Tiedens. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 2004, Vol. 30, Issue 12, Pages 1636-1649.
Larissa Tiedens, Alison R. Fragale. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 2003, Vol. 84, Issue 3, Pages 558-568.

Working Papers

Does Diversity Lead to Diverse Opinions? Evidence from Languages and Stock Markets | PDF
Yen-Cheng Chang, Harrison G. Hong, Larissa Tiedens, Na Wang, Bin Zhao, January 192015

Courses Taught

Degree Courses


In the Leadership Labs class we ask you to consider the question, "Why would someone follow YOU?" This is a course in which you consider what kind of leader you want to be, what kind of leader you are, and how to align your leadership behavior...

Stanford Case Studies

ChatChat (Co-Founders Version) | L25CF
Lara Tiedens, Davina Drabkin2015
ChatChat (VC Version) | L25VC
Lara Tiedens, Davina Drabkin2015
The HBT Merger China Role Version | L22CHN
Sheila Melvin, Larissa Z. Tiedens, Webb McKinney, Yifat Sharabi-Levine, John Cronkite, David Hoyt, Margot Sutherland2013
The HBT Merger US Role Version | L22US
Sheila Melvin, Larissa Z. Tiedens, Webb McKinney, Yifat Sharabi-Levine, John Cronkite, David Hoyt, Margot Sutherland2013

In the Media

Corporate Mea Culpas Shown to Pay
Wall Street Journal, May 21, 2004
To Get Ahead, Get Mad
Business 2.0, May 22, 2002
Philadelphia Daily News, February 31, 2001

Insights by Stanford Business

October 13, 2015
Attitudes and preconceptions about gender roles are deeply rooted.
August 1, 2012
New research shows we sometimes prefer hierarchical relationships over equal ones.

School News

February 5, 2015
A new program by the graduate schools of education and business develops entrepreneurial leadership skills of superintendents.
June 17, 2013
Graduation address illuminates four key principles of leadership, including authenticity and a passion for lifelong learning.
December 13, 2012
C-suite leaders challenge MBA students to lead under pressure.