leigh thompson

Leigh Thompson

J. Jay Gerber Distinguished Professor of Dispute Resolution and Organizations
Management & Organizations Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois 60208-2001 USA
Tel: 847.467.3505
Fax: 847.467.5700

Download Curriculum Vitae

My new Coursera course is now on-line:
High Performance Collaboration: Leadership, Teamwork, and Negotiation


My key research areas are negotiation, creativity, collaboration, and teamwork.

If you would like to learn more about the Kellogg Team and Group Center, please visit the KTAG website.

If you would like to learn more about the Dispute Resolution Research Center, please visit the DRRC website.

These websites contain application information for the post-doctoral fellowships.

Teaching and Instructing

I teach in the Kellogg School of Management full-time MBA program, Executive MBA program, and Doctoral program. I also teach several courses in Kellogg's non-degree Executive Education Programs.

If you would like more information about teaching materials, exercises, and cases, please visit the DRRC-KTAG website where you can view available cases and order all cases on a cdrom.

I’ve also created a repository of my favorite sources for exercises

Academic Careers

Pursuing an academic career is really challenging, but totally rewarding! For whatever its worth, I have written a few “tip sheets”:

  1. How to write a research paper

  2. How to present a research paper

  3. How to review a research paper

  4. Negotiating your first academic job

Consulting and Training

If you are interested in customized training for your company or organization, please contact me and I will explore your needs and develop a customized course in the area(s) of: negotiation, teamwork, leadership, creativity, decision making, conflict resolution, and emotional intelligence.

Click here for more information.


I’m an avid cyclist and enjoy training, racing, and group rides. I am a member of Vision Quest Coaching. My coach is Robert Burke. I compete in the American Bike Racing (ABR) time trial series and the Mid America Time Trial Series (MATTS). I train quite a bit in the Northbrook Velodrome.

I do group rides with FOG Cycling in Winnetka and with Vision Quest. My favorite ride of all time is the climb up Mt. Haleakala in Maui. The climb I do most often is Hurricane Ridge in Port Angeles, Washington.

I started racing in the spring of 2007 (here are my race results). I love doing time trials. In August, 2010 I won my age group at the International Cycling Union World Time Trial Championship in St. Johan in Tirol, Austria (here are some pictures my husband took from that trip). My favorite organized rides are: Horribly Hilly Hundreds and RAMROD (Ride Around Mount Rainier in One Day).

For more of my cycling stories, please see:

Northwestern Magazine (Winter 2012), On Track

Daily Northwestern (October 5, 2011). Kellogg Prof balances motherhood, cycling

Chicago Tribune (October 6, 2010). Professor's 4 year plan

Chicago Tribune (October 6, 2010) Professor tests herself, wins title

Sequim Gazette (September 22, 2010) Paths of Glory

Winnetka Talk (September 7, 2010) Local athlete captures world championship

Sequim Gazette (August 6, 2008) Sequim cyclist takes Masters title

Winnetka Talk (July 31, 2008) Winnetka's Thompson pedaling on fast track