Katharina Pick
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  • Degrees
    PhD, Organizational Behavior, Harvard University
    AM, Sociology, Harvard University
    BS, Economics, Wellesley College
  • Research Interests
    Organizational behavior, Teams, Organizational theory, Leadership, Corporate governance, Power and influence

Katharina Pick came to the Drucker School of Management from Harvard University, where she received her PhD in Organizational Behavior. Her research examines the internal group dynamics of corporate boards of directors with a particular focus on the psychology of board membership, speaking-up behavior, and board process in decision making and conflict resolution. Recently, she has written on the subject of boardroom dynamics and board leadership. Other research interests include gender and leadership, role negotiation and social identity in high-status groups, and sense-making and diffusion of deviant organizational behavior.

She teaches MBA courses on women in leadership, organizational behavior and theory, and teams.

Outside of work, Pick is an avid tennis player and enjoys travel, playing guitar, film, and live music.


Co-authored with Kenneth A. Merchant. Blind Spots, Biases, and Other Pathologies in the Boardroom. Business Expert Press, 2010.

“Corporate Governance and Development (Book Review).” Corporate Governance, 2010.

“First Among Equals: Leading Your Fellow Directors as a Board Chair.” In Boardroom Realities: Building Leaders Across Your Board edited by Jay Conger. Jossey-Bass, 2009.

“Can You Hear Me Now?” Harvard Business Review, July 2008.

Co-authored with Rakesh Khurana. “The Social Nature of Boards.” Brooklyn Law Review 2005, vol. 70: no. 4.

Organizational Behavior
Women in Business
Doing Business in a Culture of Sustainability: Costa Rica