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Dana Sumpter, PhD

Associate Professor of Organization Theory and Management
Graziadio Business School

Biography

Dr. Dana Sumpter is an associate professor of management and HRM. Her research employs a cross-cultural lens in understanding social behavior at work, studying topics including energy, mindfulness, power, work/family enrichment, managerial systems, and work relationships. She has published in Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management Studies, Equality, Diversity, & Inclusion, Human Resource Management, Organizational Dynamics, and Perspectives on Psychological Science. Her recent award-winning international management case focused on a woman’s expatriate human resource experience in Oman.

In addition, she has written several book chapters, published in the Long Beach Business Journal, and has been quoted in HR Magazine and The Atlantic. Dr. Sumpter's research has received grants from the Center for Innovation Research in Cultural Intelligence and Leadership, and UC Irvine’s Center for Organizational Research. She is a co-founder of the Mindfulness at Work micro-community of scholars, and is a member of the Positive Relationships at Work micro-community of scholars (through the Positive Organizational Scholarship community).

In addition to her teaching and scholarship, Dr. Sumpter enjoys consulting work and giving presentations and talks. Previously, she was a vice president of human resources at Citigroup, based in New York and Singapore. Across 10 Asia-Pacific nations, Professor Sumpter led live executive trainings and coached executives on people management skills. She is an avid traveler, who has spent time in more than 30 countries (and counting!).

Education

  • PhD in Management
    University of California, Irvine, Paul Merage School of Business 

  • MS in Human Resources and Industrial Relations
    University of Illinois, School of Labor and Employment Relations

  • BS in Liberal Arts/Industrial-Organizational Psychology
    University of Illinois, College of Liberal Arts

     

  • Sumpter, D.M., Greenberg, D., & Kim, S.  Forthcoming. The dark side of construct convergence: Navigating consensus, evolution, and practical relevance in theory building.  In press at Academy of Management Perspectives.  Special issue on empirical path dependence and the theory-practice gap. 
  • Sumpter, D.M.  2020.  Bro or kook? The effect of dynamic member evaluation on incivility and resources in surf lineups.  Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion: An International Journal, 39(3): 261-284. Special issue on Advancing Research on Selective Incivility toward Devalued Groups in Organizations.
  • Gibson, C.B., Birkinshaw, J., Sumpter, D.M., & Ambos, T. 2019. The hierarchical erosion effect: A new perspective on perceptual differences and performance.  Journal of Management Studies, 56(8): 1713-1747.   Special issue Commemorating the 60th anniversary of March and Simon’s "Organizations". 
  • Sumpter, D.M., Gibson, C.G., & Porath, C.P.  2017.  Act expediently, with autonomy:  Vicariouslearning, empowered behaviors, and performance. Journal of Business and Psychology, 32(2): 131-145.
  • Owens, B. P., Baker, W. E., Sumpter, D. M., & Cameron, K. S.  2016.  Relational energy at work: Implications for job engagement and job performance. Journal of Applied Psychology, 101(1), 35-49.
  • Szkudlarek, B. & Sumpter, D.M. 2015.  What, when, and with whom?  Investigating expatriatereentry training with a proximal approach.  Human Resource Management, 54(6): 1037-1057.
  • Kopelman, S., Feldman, E., McDaniel, D.M., & Hall, D.T.  2012.  Mindfully negotiating a career witha heart.  Organizational Dynamics, 41: 163-171. 
  • Gibson, C.B. & McDaniel, D.M. 2010.  Moving beyond conventional wisdom:  Advancements in cross-cultural organizational behavior theory. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 5(4): 450-462.
  • 2020 CSULB Online Teaching Incentive Program
  • 2019 Outstanding Reviewer Award, Academy of Management Review
  • 2018 Outstanding Reviewer Award, Academy of Management Review 
  • 2017-2018 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program research stipend 
  • 2015 CSULB Hybrid Teaching Incentive Program
  • 2015 CSULB Research Summer Stipend
  • 2015-2016 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program research stipend 
  • 2013 Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership Ethics Across the Curriculum award
  • 2012 Center for Innovation Research on Cultural Intelligence and Leadership grant
  • 2010 UC Irvine Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship (only campus winner from the business school) 
  • 2009 Runner-up for Dissertation Award, International Management division of AOM
  • 2009 UC Irvine Center for Organizational Research Student Fellowship 
  • 2009 UC Irvine Ray Watson Dissertation Fellowship 
  • 2008-2009 UC Irvine, Nominated as Pedagogical Fellow
  • 2000-2001 Corporate Fellowship, Eaton Corporation
  • 1996 American Association of University Women Scholarship
  • 1996 Indiana University Founders Scholarship
  • Capistrano, R., Francavilla, J., Strom, P., Rosado-Solomon, E., Cronin, M.S., Hardin, A.E., Pillemer, J., Sumpter, D.M., Thatcher, S.M., & Williams, K. 2020. “Spread and Transformation of Psychological Pain in Organizations.” Symposium presentation at the annual meeting of Academy of Management, virtual. 
  • Daniels, S.R., Holmvall, C.M., Sobhani, S., Sumpter, D.M., Thornton, L. 2019.   Selective Incivility:  Undermining Ambitions of Inclusion in Organizations.” Symposium presentation at the annual meeting of Academy of Management, Boston, MA. 
  • Sumpter, D.M., Greenberg, D. & Kim, S.  2018. "Reentry and Beyond: The Varied Transitions of Becoming and Being a Working Mother." Presented research at the annual meeting of Academy of Management, Chicago, IL.
  • Sumpter, D.M. 2018.  “A stress management professional development workshop (3rd Annual).” Presenter at Professional Development Workshop at the annual meeting of Academy of Management, Chicago, IL.
  • Sumpter, D.M. & Gibson, C.B.  2018.  “Clash to Congruence: A Model of Cultural Identity and Energy in Intercultural Work Relationships”  Presented paper at the annual meeting of Academy of International Business, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Sumpter, D.M. 2017.  “Staying Rational in a Sea of Emotions:  Exploring the Associations among Emotional Expression, Regulation, and Work Relationship Quality”  Presented paper at symposium at the annual meeting of Academy of Management, Atlanta, GA.
  • Sumpter, D.M. 2017.  “What were you thinking? Developing cognitive sensibilities for inductive coding.”  Presenter at Professional Development Workshop at the annual meeting of Academy of Management, Atlanta, GA.
  • Sumpter, D.M. 2017.  “A stress management professional development workshop (2nd Annual).” Presenter at Professional Development Workshop at the annual meeting of Academy of Management, Atlanta, GA.
  • Sumpter, D.M. 2016.  “A stress management professional development workshop.” Presenter at Professional Development Workshop at the annual meeting of Academy of Management, Anaheim, CA.
  • Sumpter, D.M. 2016.  “Mindfulness at work: Extensions and explorations.” Presenter at Symposium at the annual meeting of Academy of Management, Anaheim, CA.
  • Sumpter, D.M. 2015.  “Thrive! Energizing ourselves and others as academics. (2nd annual)”  Organizer for and presenter at Professional Development Workshop at the annual meeting of Academy of Management, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
  • Sumpter, D.M. 2014.  “Thrive! Energizing ourselves and others as academics.”  Organizer for Professional Development Workshop at the annual meeting of Academy of Management, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Sumpter, D.M. 2014.  “New directions in positive relationships at work.”  Organizer for Professional Development Workshop at the annual meeting of Academy of Management, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Sumpter, D.M. 2014.  “Innovations for developing intercultural competencies in B-school students and executives.”  Presenter for Professional Development Workshop at the annual meeting of Academy of Management, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Sumpter, D.M.  2013.  “The role of energy in intercultural work relationships” Paper presented at the annual meeting of Academy of International Business, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Sumpter, D.M.  2013.  “Perspectives of psychological capital”  Session chair at the annual meeting of Academy of Management, Lake Buena Vista, FL. 
  • Sumpter, D.M.  2013.  “Towards a multilevel perspective of energy in work relationships”  Research presented at the annual meeting of Academy of Management, Lake Buena Vista, FL. 
  • Sumpter, D.M.  2013.  “Infusing vitality: Using positive organizational scholarship in teaching OB and management topics”  Professional Development Workshop discussant at the annual meeting of Academy of Management, Lake Buena Vista, FL.
  • McDaniel, D.M.  2012.  “From subjective to shared:  Revisiting energy in organizations”  Paper presented at the annual meeting of Academy of Management, Boston, MA.
  • McDaniel, D.M.  2012.  “Connection to country: The case of bicultural indigenous employees”  Symposium paper presented at the annual meeting of Academy of Management, Boston.
  • McDaniel, D.M.  2012. “The process of discovery in international management research” Research presented at the annual meeting of Academy of International Business, Washington D.C. 
  • McDaniel, D.M.  2012.  “The experience of biculturalism: Identity integration and cultural intelligence”  Paper presented at the Cultural Intelligence Research Forum at the annual meeting of Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, San Diego, CA.
  • McDaniel, D.M.  2012.  “Emergent ideas from emerging markets:  The process of discovery in organizational research” Paper presented at the annual meeting of Western Academy of Management, San Diego, CA.
  • McDaniel, D.M.  2010.  "Caring about context:  Contextualizing energy research in organizations" Chair of symposium at the annual meeting of Academy of Management, Montreal, Canada.
  • McDaniel, D.M. & Gibson, C.B.  2010.  “When high energy is highly inappropriate: The use of subtle relational energy across cultures”  Symposium paper presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Montreal, Canada.
  • McDaniel, D.M. & Sharma, P. 2010 “Interpersonal mistreatment:  The dark side of work relationships”  Co-chair of symposium at the annual meeting of Academy of Management, Montreal, Canada.
  • McDaniel, D.M. & Gibson, C.B.  2010.  “Black holes & generative potential: Negative energy across interdependent work contexts”  Symposium paper presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Montreal, Canada.
  • Szkudlarek, B. & McDaniel, D.M.  2010  “Qualitative as proximal:  The role of qualitative research in organizational scholarship”  Paper presented at the annual meeting of  the Academy of Management, Montreal, Canada.
  • McDaniel, D.M. 2010. “A Multilevel Examination of Positive Organizational Constructs across Cultures” Chair of panel at the annual meeting of Academy of International Business, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • McDaniel, D. M. & Harrison, S.H.  2009.  “Snap, crackle, pop!  Energy and passion in organizations”  Co-chair and organizer for symposium at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Chicago, IL.
  • McDaniel, D.M.  2009.  “Energizer bunny or wet blanket?  The social processes, outcomes, and contingencies of relational energy in organizations” Symposium paper presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Chicago, IL.
  • Gibson, C.B. & McDaniel, D.M.  2009.  “Have we moved beyond conventional wisdom?  A hard look at the value-add of cross-cultural management research.”  Co-chair of panel at the annual meeting of the Academy of International Business, San Diego, CA.
  • McDaniel, D.M. & Gibson, C.B.  2009.  “Advancements and future directions for cross-cultural organizational behavior theory” Presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of International Business, San Diego, CA.
  • McDaniel, D.M.  2008.  “Appropriately enthusiastic: The functioning of emotional energy across cultures”  Paper presented at the Positive Organizational Psychology annual conference, Ann Arbor, MI.
  • McDaniel, D.M. & Gibson, C.B.  2008.  “A new level of empowering acts: Relationships between vicarious empowerment, power distance, and organizational outcomes”  Presented at the DOME Culture Conference with Geert Hofstede, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
  • McDaniel, D.M. & Gibson, C.B.  2008. "When empowered leaders make for empoweredemployees: Vicarious empowerment and performance across cultures" Symposium paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, San Francisco, CA. 
  • McDaniel, D.M.  2008. "Performance implications of empowerment constructs across cultures" Presented at the annual meeting of the International Academy of Management and Business, San Diego, CA.
  • 2020: Quoted in The Atlantic 
  • 2019: Quoted in article for Forthe Media
  • 2018: TEDxCSULB speaker, ‘’Don’t underestimate working moms’’
  • 2018: Invited speaker for Long Beach Moms Business Network  
  • 2014: Invited columnist for the Long Beach Business Journal. “Research explores the neglected return of expatriate employees”

Topics

  • Cross-cultural management 

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion at work

  • People management skills

  • Human resources 

  • Talent management

Courses

  • MS in Management and Leadership: Leading Cross-Cultural and Virtual Teams 
  • MS in Management and Leadership: Cross-Cultural Management 

  • Part-Time MBA: Cross-Cultural Management