Laura Guillén joined ESMT Berlin as an Assistant Professor in September 2010. She holds a combined BS. and MBA degree in Business Administration from ESADE (Barcelona, Spain). After finishing university, she joined the Unilever ice-cream division in Barcelona where she became passionate not only about ice-cream but about the psychological issues revolving around self- and social perceptions at work. With the hope to understand these ‘people issues’ better, she returned to the academic world and completed her PhD at ESADE in the area of organizational behavior.
While working on her PhD, she got a second BS. in Psychology from the National University of Distance Education UNED, Madrid, Spain and was trained as a professional coach. She worked as a research fellow for the European Social Survey (a project awarded with the EU-Descartes Prize for outstanding academic research), where she received in-depth training in social sciences methods. Prior to joining ESMT, she won a Marie Curie Scholarship from the European Commission to join INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France) as a post-doctoral fellow. During her post-doc, she earned a Diploma in Clinical Organizational Psychology (INSEAD).
Her research interests include identity, authenticity, the bright and dark sides of leadership, gender, diversity, and social perceptions. Her work has been presented at numerous international research conferences and has been published in such journals as Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, The Leadership Quarterly, and Organizational Research Methods.
She serves as an editorial board member for the Academy of Management Learning and Education, and is regularly reviewing papers for various journals, including The Leadership Quarterly. She organizes a yearly ESMT OB Conference that includes presentations on cutting-edging OB research.
Laura is a founding partner of a managing-people-software-development consultancy that employs over 35 people full-time (www.endalia.com), where she leads performance evaluation and development projects that serve as a basis for her academic research.