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Oklahoma State University Executive Ph.D. faculty provide leadership for Southern Management Association

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Oklahoma State University Executive Ph.D. faculty showed up big time for the Southern Management Association’s (SMA) 2021 conference in New Orleans as Dr. Alexis Smith Washington took her seat as a new board member and Dr. Lisa Schurer Lambert began her tenure as the association’s president.


“We extend our heartiest congratulations and wish them every success in their new leadership roles,” said Dr. Stephanie Royce, clinical assistant professor and Executive Ph.D. director at the Spears School of Business. “Every year, SMA plays a vital role in the program by presenting the latest research and providing opportunities to learn new pedagogies.”


Lambert is a William S. Spears chair of business and serves as an Executive Ph.D. faculty member. Her scholarship focuses on the employment relationship, leadership, psychological contracts, person-environment fit theory and research methods. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MBA from Northwestern University.


Lambert currently serves as president of SMA and is co-editor for Organizational Research Methods. She has served on editorial boards for the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and the Journal of Business and Psychology. She is a frequent instructor for the Consortium for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis (CARMA) and an SMA Fellow.


Washington is the Spears School of Business senior inclusion officer, associate professor of management and William S. Spears chair of business administration. She also serves as an Executive Ph.D. faculty member and on the SMA board of directors. She received her doctorate in organizational behavior at Tulane University and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rice University. 


Currently, Washington is working on projects that examine the impact of social identities such as gender, race and sexual orientation on the ways individuals manage their professional image at work and organizational factors that facilitate the inclusion and advancement of underrepresented minorities.


Her experience and research interests have produced papers published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, the Journal of Management, the Journal of Managerial Psychology, the Academy of Management Perspectives, Research in Organizational Behavior and the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology


Oklahoma State University offers an AACSB accredited Ph.D. in Business Administration for Executives degree program that allows students to earn a doctorate in three years—while continuing full-time careers. Applications are due Feb. 1, 2022, for the upcoming fall semester. Learn more:

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