What if employees could speak and supervisors could listen?

Tina Davidson

What was my dream when I was little?

My dream was to become a singer and to learn about China (Unfortunately, there are pictures and tapes to prove this;-)). Singing a song on Chinese television during a speech competition has got me pretty close to fulfilling those childhood dreams.  

What am I doing when I am not working on my PhD?

Meditation, going for a run with my dog, cooking, singing, meeting up with friends and family. 

What is my PhD about?

My PhD aims to further our understanding of when and why people speak up (voice enactment) and when and why people are most inclined to adopt suggestions (voice evaluation) across cultures.

Why is this important for practice?

Increasingly, organizations need to adjust, change, and reinvent themselves to remain competitive. In addition, they do so in a global context. In order to remain competitive, it is essential that they can tap into the ideas, suggestions, and concerns of their diverse workforce. At the same time, there is empirical and anecdotal evidence that employees do not always voice valuable input and supervisors are not always willing to listen. This tendency is exacerbated by cultural differences. Therefore, it is key to further organizations’, manager’s and employee’s understanding of how to enable and receive employee upward communication and use it to the benefit of the organization across the globe.

How do I like to be remembered after my PhD?

As someone who became stronger and at the same time more humble because of this trajectory.

How do I see my future?

I want to keep working on similar research questions such that employees, supervisors, and organizations can do well and be well. 

Want to know more about Tina?

Tina is currently professor at Rotterdam School of Management, The Netherlands.
Check out her cv page.
Read the article: Outstanding reviewer award of the Academy of Management 

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