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Tanya Menon

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Tanya Menon is Associate Professor at Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University.  Her research on decision making, influence, culture, teams, and networks has been cited in various media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, The Economist Intelligence Unit, The Times of London (UK), The Guardian (UK), and The Times of India.  She has taught courses on Persuasion, Negotiations, Power, and Organizational Behavior and was the winner of the 2013 Best Elective Award at the Ohio State University’s Fisher School of Business. 

Menon formerly was Associate Professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in Behavioral Science, where she was a member of the Center for Decision Research, and an affiliated faculty member in the Psychology department.  At the University of Chicago, she won the 2006 Faculty Excellence Award for exceptional commitment to teaching, and the 2007 Phoenix Award, for enriching the experience of students inside and outside the classroom.  She has additionally been a visiting professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Indian School of Business, London Business School, and INSEAD.  

She has conducted executive programs all over the world, including the US Intelligence Community, Discover Financial Services, DHL, Cummins, Express, Scotts, Citibank (India), Tetrapak (Italy), Aetna, Erie Insurance, CareerBuilder.com, National Starch, Baker-Tilly, McCormick, and the Environmental Protection Agency.  She has been a keynote speaker at organizations including Society for Hospital Epidemiology of America, American Bar Association Chief Bar Executives, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and the Deloitte Women’s group.  

Prior to graduate school, Menon was a research assistant in INCAE Business School in Costa Rica and an intern in Morgan Stanley's London office.  Menon earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Harvard University in 1995 and her Ph.D. from Stanford Graduate School of Business.  She is currently Associate Editor at Management Science Journal.

Areas of Expertise

  • Groups/Teams
  • Negotiations and Decision Making
  • Power and Persuasion
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Culture
  • Knowledge Sharing and Networks

Education

  • Ph.D., 2000, Organizational Behavior, Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • B.A., 1995, Sociology, Harvard University, Magna cum laude

BUSMHR 7243 - Power and Influence

Course will cover how to diagnose distribution of power in organizations, identify strategies for building sources of power, develop techniques for motivating and influencing others, and understand the manager's role in building cooperation and leading. 
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for BusMHR 7194.62.

BUSMHR 7800 - Advanced Topics in Management and Human Resources for EMBA

Advanced Topics in Management and HR for students in the Executive MBA Program.
Prereq: Enrollment in EMBA program. Repeatable to a maximum of 15 cr hrs or 7 completions.

MBA 6201 - Organizational Behavioral, Teamwork and Leadership I

An overview of factors that influence individual and team performance and techniques to improve it; analytical frameworks for determining effectiveness of given techniques in specific circumstances. 
Prereq: Enrollment in MBA or WPMBA program; or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 860.

An overview of factors that influence individual and team performance and techniques to improve it; analytical frameworks for determining effectiveness of given techniques in specific circumstances. Prereq: Enrollment in MBA or WPMBA program; or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 860.

1. Chakravarti, A1., Menon, T.,* & Winship, C. In press. Contact and Group Structure: A natural experiment of interracial college roommate groups. Organization Science. *First authors contributed equally.

2. Menon, T. & Chakravarti, A. 1 In press. Social Resilience and the Persistence of Diverse Relationships. Positive Psychology of Diversity. Eds. Davidson, Wooten, and Roberts. Invited Contribution.

3. Menon, T., Smith, N. 2014.*1 Identities in Flux: Cognitive Network Activation in Times of Change. Social Science Research. 45: 117-130. *Both authors contributed equally.

4. Menon, T., Sheldon, O. J. and Galinsky, A. D. (2014), Barriers to Transforming Hostile Relations: Why Friendly Gestures Can Backfire. Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, 7: 17–37.

5. Wang, C., Whitson, J., & Menon, T. 2012. Culture and Pattern Perception: American and East Asian Faith in Horoscopes. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3, 630-638.

6. Smith, E. B. 1, Menon, T. & Thompson, L. 2012. High and low status groups activate different network structures under job threat. Organization Science. 23: 67-82.

7. Menon, T., & Phillips, K. W. (2011). Getting even vs. being the odd one out. Cohesion in Even- and Odd-Sized Groups. Organization Science, 22, 738-753.

8. Menon, T. & Thompson, L. (2010). Managing envy. Harvard Business Review, April.
-Reprinted in Harvard Business Review On Point: Emotional Intelligence. (Summer 2014).

9. Menon, T., Sim, J. 1 , Fu, H.Y. , Chiu, C.Y. & Hong, Y.Y. (2010). Blazing the trail versus trailing the group: Culture and perceptions of the leader’s position. Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes, 113, 51-61.

10. Menon, T. & Thompson, L. (2007). Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful: Self-enhancing biases in threat appraisal. Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes, 104, 45-60.

11. Menon, T., Thompson, L., & Choi, H.1 (2006). Tainted Knowledge versus Tempting Knowledge: Why People Avoid Knowledge from Internal Rivals and Seek Knowledge from External Rivals. Management Science, 52, 1129-1144. (Lead Article)

12. Menon, T & Fu, H.Y. (2005) Culture and control: How independent and interdependent selves experience agency and constraint. In E. A. Mannix, M. A. Neale, & Y. Chen (Eds.), Research on Managing in Teams and Groups (Vol. 9, 21-51). Greenwich, CT: Elsevier Science Press.

13. Menon, T. & Pfeffer, J. (2003). Valuing Internal versus External Knowledge: Explaining the Preference for Outsiders. Management Science, 49, 497-513.

14. Menon, T. & Blount, S. (2003). The Messenger Bias: How Social Relationships Affect the Valuation of Knowledge. Research in Organizational Behavior, 25, 137-187.

15. Hong, Y., Ip, Grace, Chiu, C., Morris, M.W., & Menon, T. (2001). Cultural Identity and Dynamic Construction of the Self: Collective Duties and Individual Rights in Chinese and American Cultures. Social Cognition, 19, 251-268.

16. Menon, T. & Morris, M.W. (2001). Social Structure in North American and Chinese Cultures: Reciprocal Influence between Objective and Subjective Structures. Journal of Psychology in Chinese Societies, 2, 27-50.

17. Morris, M.W., Menon, T., & Ames, D.R. (2001). Culturally Conferred Conceptions of Agency: A Key to Social Perception of Persons, Groups, and Other Actors. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 5, 169-182.

18. Chiu, C., Morris, M. W., Hong, Y., & Menon, T. (2000). Motivated cultural cognition: The impact of implicit cultural theories on dispositional attribution varies as a function of need for closure. Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, 78, 247-259.
-Reprinted in Crisp, R. (2014). Intercultural Communication. Taylor and Francis.

19. Menon, T., Morris, M. W., Chiu, C., & Hong, Y. (1999). Culture and the construal of agency: Attribution to individual versus group dispositions. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 76, 701-717.
-Reprinted in Hamilton, D. L. (2005). Social Cognition: Classic and Contemporary Readings. New York, NY: Psychology Press.