Ph.D., Organizational Behavior, Purdue University
BS, Finance, University of Utah
Alison Cook received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University. Her research examines diversity in the workplace, specifically focusing on the factors that either facilitate or hinder promotion opportunities for women and racial/ethnic minorities and factors that facilitate or hinder their post-promotion success. Dr. Cook’s work has been published in the Strategic Management Journal, Human Relations, Human Resource Management, and Journal of Business Ethics, among others. Her work has also been featured in The New York Times, Public Radio International, Fortune, National Public Radio, Associated Press, The Guardian, Harvard Business Review, and Bloomberg News.
Faculty Service Award, Department of Management, 2020
Researcher of the Year, Department of Management, 2019
Specialist in the Fulbright Specialist Program, U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and World Learning, 2018-2021
Researcher of the Year, Department of Management, 2017
Nominee for Andrew Carnegie Research Fellow, Huntsman School of Business, 2017
Researcher of the Year, Huntsman School of Business, 2016
Researcher of the Year, Department of Management, 2016
Nominee for Honors Outstanding Professor award, Utah State University, 2016
Researcher of the Year, Department of Management, 2015
Women’s Leadership Research Best of 2014, Coles College of Business, Women’s Leadership Center, Kennesaw State University
Researcher of the Year, Department of Management, 2013
Best Paper Nominee, Western Academy of Management, 2012
Ascendant Scholar Award, Western Academy of Management, 2011
Best Paper Nominee, Western Academy of Management, 2009
Researcher of the Year, Department of Management, 2009
Teacher of the Year, Department of Management and Human Resources, 2008
“Sustainability in Fashion Relies on Embracing Diversity” (Vogue Business - 2020)
“’Diversity’ and ‘Inclusion’ are the Emptiest Words in Corporate America. Here’s What We Really Need to Dismantle Systemic Racism in the Office” (Business Insider - 2020)
“Female CEOs are Competitively Paid, but Greatly Outnumbered” (Associated Press - picked up by numerous outlets - 2019)
“The Fortune 500 Has More Female CEOs Than Ever Before” (Fortune - 2019)
“How Brexit Became a ‘Glass Cliff’ for Theresa May” (PBS News Hour - 2019)
“The ‘Glass Cliff’ Puts Women in Power During Crisis—Often Without Support” (PRI’s The World, American BBC - 2019)
“Women Leaders Taking A Wild Ride Off A ‘Glass Cliff’” (Forbes - 2019)
“Think Crisis, Think Female: Why Theresa May is a Classic Example of the Glass Cliff” (Global News - 2018)
“Female CEOs are Rare. Two in a Row at the Same Company is (Almost) Unheard of” (CNNMoney - 2018)
“Why Women in Business are Good for Charities” (Financial Times - 2018)
“What’s Behind the Decline in Female CEOs” (Wall Street Journal - 2018)
“The Number of Female Chief Executives is Falling” (New York Times - 2018)
“A Letter to the Woman Promoted Off the Glass Cliff” (The Globe and Mail - 2018)
"Glass Cliff" (Freakonomics Radio - September 2017)
Teaching & Research (Huntsman Alumni Magazine - Summer 2017)
“Even After the Glass Ceiling Yields, Female Executives Find Shaky Ground” (New York Times - 2017)
Notable Faculty Research (Huntsman Alumni Magazine - Fall 2013)
Future: Ascendant Scholar (Huntsman Alumni Magazine - Spring 2012)
- Glass, C.M, Cook, A., (2018). Do Women Leaders Promote Positive Change? Analyzing the Effect of Gender on Business Practices and Diversity Initiatives. Human Resource Management, 57:4, 823-837.
- Ingersoll, A., Glass, C.M, Cook, A., Olsen, K., (2018). Power, Status and Expectations: How Narcissism Manifests among Women CEOs. Journal of Business Ethics, doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-017-3730-0
- Cook, A., Glass, C.M, (2018). Women on Corporate Boards: When do they Advance Corporate Social Responsibility?. Human Relations, 71:7, 897-924.
- Glass, C.M, Cook, A., (2017). The Appointment of Racial/Ethnic Minority Directors: Ethnic Matching or Visibility Threat?. Social Science Research, 61, 1-10.
- Cook, A., Glass, C.M, (2016). Does corporate leadership composition affect the adoption of LGBT-friendly policies? . Human Relations
- Glass, C.M, Cook, A., (2016). Leading at the Top: Understanding Women's Challenges above the Glass Ceiling. Leadership Quarterly, 27:1, 51-63.
- Cook, A., Glass, C.M, (2016). Do Women Leaders Advance Equity? The Effect of Leadership Composition on LGBT-Friendly Policies in American Firms. Human Relations, 69:7, 1431-1456. doi: 10.1177/0018726715611734
- Cook, A., Glass, C.M, (2015). The power of one or power in numbers? Analyzing the effect of minority leaders on organizational policy and practice.. Work and Occupations
- Cook, A., Glass, C.M, (2015). Do Minority Leaders Affect Corporate Practice? Analyzing the Effect of Leadership Composition on Governance and Product Development. Strategic Organization, 13:2, 117-140.
- Glass, C.M, Cook, A., Ingersoll, A., (2015). Do Women Leaders Promote Sustainability? Analyzing the Effect of Corporate Governance Composition on Environmental Performance. Business Strategy & the Environment, doi: 10/1002/bse.1879
- Cook, A., Glass, C.M, (2015). Diversity Begets Diversity? The Effects of Board Composition on the Promotion and Success of Women CEOs. Social Science Research, 53, 137-147.
- Cook, A., Glass, C.M, (2014). The Power of One or Power in Numbers? Analyzing the Effect of Minority Leaders on Organizational Policy. Work & Occupations, 42:2, 185-215.
- Cook, A., Glass, C.M, (2014). Above the Glass Ceiling: When Are Women and Racial/Ethnic Minorities Promoted to CEO?. Strategic Management Journal
- Cook, A., (2014). Signaling diversity and increasing share value: Conflicting, complementary, or unrelated goals? . Human Resource Development Quarterly
- Cook, A., (2014). Women and top leadership positions: Toward an institutional analysis.. Gender, Work, & Organization
- Cook, A., Glass, C.M, (2014). Analyzing Promotions of Racial/Ethnic Minority CEOs. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 29:4, 440-454.
- DelCampo, R., Cook, A., Arthur, M.M, (2013). Cultural differences in work-family policies and perceptions of organizational support. Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal
- Cook, A., (2013). Glass cliffs and organizational saviors: Barriers to minority leadership in work organizations. Social Problems
- Cook, A., (2011). Does diversity damage corporate value? Measuring stock price reactions to diversity awards. Ethnic and Racial Studies
- Cook, A., Glass, C., (2011). Leadership change and shareholder value: How markets react to the appointments of women. Human Resource Management
- Cook, A., Callister, R.R, (2010). Increasing positive perceptions of diversity for conservative religious students. Creative Education
- Minnotte, K.L, Cook, A., (2010). Navigating the work-family interface in gendered contexts: The usage of family-friendly policies. Journal of Family Issues
- Cook, A., Glass, C., (2009). Between a rock and a hard place: Managing diversity in a shareholder society. Human Resource Management Journal
- Cook, A., Glass, C., (2009). When markets blink: Stock price responses to the appointment of minority leaders. Ethnic & Racial Studies
- Cook, A., (2009). But can s/he lead? Market assessments of Black leadership in corporate America. Journal of Workplace Rights
- Arthur, M.M, Cook, A., (2009). Shareholder Returns for a Catalyst Award. Group and Organization Management
- Cook, A., (2009). Connecting Work-Family Policies to Supportive Work Environments. Group and Organization Management
- Cook, A., (2008). Occupational and industry sex segregation and the work-family interface. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research
- Cook, A., (2008). The impact of LGBT policies on ethnic/racial and gender diversity among business school faculty. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education
- Wood, R.E, Goodman, J.S, Beckmann, N., Cook, A., (2008). Mediation Testing in Management Research: A Review and Proposals. Organizational Research Methods
- Cook, A., (2004). Corporate decision-making process: How organizations decide to adopt work/life initiatives. Sloan Work and Family Research Network
- Arthur, M.M, Cook, A., (2004). Taking stock of work-family initiatives: How announcements of "family-friendly" human resource decisions affect shareholder value. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 57, 599-613.
- Arthur, M.M, Cook, A., (2003). The relationship between work-family human resource practices and firm profitability: A multi-theoretical perspective. Research in Personnel and Human Resource Management, 22, 219-252.
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