BA 1982, Communication Studies, Northwestern University; MA 1984, Education, University of California, Santa Barbara; PhD 1988, Psychology, Northwestern University
Academic Positions Held
Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Professor of Management & Organizations, 1995 to present; Executive Director, Kellogg Teams and Groups Center, 1997 to present; Director, Behavioral Research Laboratory, Kellogg, 1995 to 2006; Director, Leading High Impact Teams, Kellogg Executive Program, 1997 to present; Co-Director, Negotiation Strategies, 2000 to present; University of Washington's Psychology Department, Professor, 1988-1995.
Courses / Topics Taught
Decision Making and Creativity
Career and Recent Professional Awards; Teaching
NSF Presidential Young Investigator award, National Science Foundation, 1991-1997
Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, California, 1994-1995
Grants: National Science Foundation, American Bar Foundation, Allen and Mildred Peterson Foundation, Citicorp Behavioral Research Council.
Leigh Thompson is a member of the editorial boards of Organization Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, International Journal of Conflict Management, and Group Decision and Negotiation. She has served on the selection panel of the Decision, Risk, and Management Program at the National Science Foundation and its program review committee. She was named a fellow of the American Psychological Society and is a member of the Academy of Management, American Psychological Association, Judgment and Decision Making Society, and Society for Experimental Social Psychologists.
Group Decision Making
Learning and Creativity
Leigh Thompson is the author or co-author of over 110 research articles and chapters in edited books. Her book, The Mind and Heart of the Negotiator (Fifth Edition) (Pearson Prentice Hall, 2012), integrates negotiation and group decision making with social psychological processes. Her book, Making the Team: A Guide for Managers (Fourth Edition) (Prentice Hall, 2011) examines internal team dynamics and how to structure teams within the larger organization.
General / Consulting
Leigh Thompson offers consulting and training in negotiations, decision making and team building for numerous companies and organizations.
Abbott Pharmaceuticals, Akzo Nobel, AT&T, Baxter Healthcare, Cargill, Case, Caterpillar, CDW, Chamberlain Group, Chevron Texaco, Chiquita Brands, Chubb Insurance, Colliers, Bennett & Kahnweiler Realty, Compaq, CSX, Cummins, Data Direct Technologies, Eisai Inc., Fresh Express, First Industrial Realty, Fleet Financial, General Electric, Gold Eagle, Heller Financial, Jefferson Wells, Lamb Weston, MacLean-Fogg, Microsoft, OfficeMax, Novartis, OpenConnect Systems, Premier Healthcare, Sears Holdings, Schneider Electric, Selective Insurance,Storaenso, ThomsonReuters, UBS Asset Management, Unilever, UnitedHealth Group
American Bar Association, American Corporate Counsel Association, American Medical Association, American Orthopaedic Association, Chicago Office of Tourism, Children's Memorial Hospital, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare, Federal Reserve, Illinois Attorney General, Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, Sandia National Laboratories, Society of Automotive Engineers, University of Kansas, Venture Club of Indiana, Washington State Attorney General, Washington State Trial Lawyers