Carrie Leana
George H. Love Professor of Organizations and Management

Secondary Appointments in the School of Medicine, the School of Public and International Affairs, and the Learning Research and Development Center

Director, Center for Healthcare Management

Academic Dean, Marshall Webster Physician Leadership Program

Academic Director, Executive MBA Healthcare

Carrie Leana


350 Mervis Hall


Carrie Leana is the George H. Love Professor of Organizations and Management at the University of Pittsburgh where she holds appointments in the Katz Graduate School of Business, the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and the Learning Research and Development Center. She is also Director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Healthcare Management, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Aging Institute.

Carrie’s research and training are in the area of organization science. She has published two books and more than 100 papers on such topics as economic inequality, authority structures at work, employment relations, and human and social capital development. Her research is field-based and has been conducted in such settings as steel mills, public schools, insurance firms, aerospace contractors, police departments, childcare centers, and nursing homes. Her book, Coping with Job Loss (with D. Feldman), was short-listed for the National Academy of Management’s Best Book of the Year Award. Her paper, Social Capital and Organizational Performance: Evidence from Urban Public Schools (with F. Pil) received the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Best Paper Prize in Industry Studies. Another paper, The Price of Financial Precarity (with J. Meuris), received the Responsible Research in Management Award.  She also received the Aspen Institute’s Faculty Pioneer Award for Academic Leadership, awarded for generating cutting-edge scholarship with a focus on social impact. She has been a resident scholar at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center and at the Russell Sage Foundation. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Management.

Carrie was awarded the Viterbo Chair by the U.S. Fulbright Commission and has held visiting international appointments at the Australian Graduate School of Management; the University of Melbourne (Australia); London School of Economics; La Universita degli Studi della Tuscia (Italy); Universidad Federico Santa Maria (Chile); and Comenius University (Slovakia). Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Heinz Endowments, The Russell Sage Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund, and the Wallace Foundation, among others.

At the University of Pittsburgh, Carrie is Director of the Center for Healthcare Management, a collaboration of the Katz School and the School of Medicine. The goals of the CHM are to facilitate interdisciplinary research addressing health and well-being, and effective healthcare delivery and accessibility; and develop training and executive education programs that apply the research findings of the CHM to policy and practice.

Carrie’s teaching focuses on graduate students and executives. She works extensively with doctoral students in and outside the Katz School. Currently she is Academic Dean of the Marshall Webster Physician Leadership Program, and Academic Director of International Healthcare Management Program and the Executive MBA in Healthcare program. She developed the Katz School’s Management Essentials executive program and is past director of the Executive MBA Program and the Management Program for Executives. She has taught in various academic and executive programs in North America as well as Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Ecuador, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Slovakia, and the United Kingdom.

Carrie is active in community affairs and has received numerous public service awards, including the Iris Marion Young Award for Political Engagement and the Chancellor’s Distinguished Public Service Award. She has served on the boards of directors of non-profits, including Planned Parenthood of Western PA, the Three Rivers Community Foundation, United Cerebral Palsy, the Regional Jobs Corporation, and the Allegheny County Housing Development Authority. She has written essays and features about her research for popular press outlets such as the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Chicago TribuneThe Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times.

Carrie recently completed a term on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Management, the pre-eminent professional association for organizational scholars with over 20,000 members spanning 115 countries. She is currently writing a book on financial precarity and economic inequality.

Courses Recently Taught

  • Organizational Behavior (EMBA)
  • Foundations of Organizational Behavior (PhD)
  • Behavioral Research Practicum (PhD)

Awards and Honors

  • Responsible Research in Management Best Paper Prize
  • Bellagio Residency, Rockefeller Foundation
  • Fellow, Academy of Management
  • Resident Fellow, Russell Sage Foundation
  • Faculty Pioneer Award for Academic Leadership, Aspen Institute
  • Fulbright Senior Chair Award, Fulbright Commission
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Best Paper Prize in Industry Studies
  • Iris Marion Young Award for Political Engagement, University of Pittsburgh
  • Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Public Service, University of Pittsburgh
  • Katz Excellence in Research Award, University of Pittsburgh
  • Katz Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Pittsburgh
  • Public Service Awards: Champion of Change Award; TRCF Leadership Award; Community Champion Award; Community Change Award; National Council for Urban Peace and Justice; Allegheny County, PA Commendation for Citizenship; Ohio Valley Coalition for Industrial Retention and Renewal; Pittsburgh City Council Citizenship Commendation

Professional Service and Activities

  • Editor, Academy of Management Annals, 2019-2021
  • Board of Governors: Academy of Management, 2015-18 (elected)
  • Senior Disciplinary Editor (Organization Science): Behavioral Science and Policy Association Journal, 2017-
  • Special Issue Editor: Academy of Management Review, 2017; 2018.
  • Current Editorial Board: Organization Science, International Public Management Review, Journal of Professional Capital and Community.


  • PhD, University of Houston
  • BA, Baylor University

Recent Publications

Leana, C. (2019) The cost of financial precarity. Stanford Social Innovation Review, 17(1), 42-47.

E. Kossek, Rosokha, L. & Leana, C. (2019) Work schedule patching in healthcare: Exploring implementation approaches. Work and Occupations, 1-34.

Meuris, J. & Leana, C. (2018) The price of financial precarity: Organizational costs of employee financial concerns. Organization Science, 29(3), 398-417. – Responsible Research in Management Award.

Leana, C., Meuris, J. & Lamberton, C. (2018) More than a feeling: The role of empathetic care in promoting safety in health care. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 71(2), 394-425. – Finalist: Ralph Gomory Best Paper Prize, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

G. Ballinger, K. Byron, J. Gittell, E. Heaphy, C. Leana & D. Sluss. (2018) The changing nature of work relationships. Academy of Management Review, 43(4), 1-12.

Stiehl, E., Kossek & Leana, C. (2018) A multi-level model of care flow: Examining the generation and spread of care in organizations. Organizational Psychology Review, 8(1), 31-69.

Aguinis, H., Davis, G., Detert, J., Glynn, M.A., Jackson, S., Kochan, T., Kossek, E., Leana, C., Lee, T., Morrison, E., Pearce, J., Pfeffer, J., Rousseau, D. & Sutcliffe, K. (2017). Using organizational science research to address U.S. federal agencies’ management and labor needs. Behavioral Science and Policy Journal, 2, 67-76.

Leana, C. & Pil, F. (2017) Social capital: An untapped resource for educational improvement. In E. Quintero (ed.) Teaching in context: How social aspects of schools and school systems shape teachers’ development and effectiveness. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press.

Jones, T., Donaldson, T., Freeman, E., Harrison, J., Leana, C., Mahoney, J. & Pearce, J. (2016) Management theory and social welfare: Contributions, extensions, and challenges. Academy of Management Review, 41. 216-228.

Leana, C. & Meuris, J. (2015) Living to work and working to live: Income as a driver of organizational behavior. Academy of Management Annals, 9, 55-95. Finalist: Academy of Management Annals Best Paper Award.

Meuris, J. & Leana, C. (2015) The high cost of low pay: Economic scarcity effects in organizations. Research in Organizational Behavior, 23. 143-158.

Lamberton, C., Leana, C. & Williams, J.  (2013) Measuring empathetic care: Development and validation of a self-report scale. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 34(8), 1028-1053.

Appelbaum, E. & Leana, C. (2013) Improving job quality in low-paying jobs: Care workers in the  U.S. In V. Alakeson (ed.) The Squeezed Middle: The Pressures on Ordinary Workers in America and Britain. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, pp. 49-60.

Leana, C., Mittal, V. & Stiehl, E. (2012) Organizational behavior and the working poor. Organization Science, 23: 888-906.

England, P., Folbre, N. & Leana, C. (2012) Motivating care work. In Folbre, N. (ed.) For Love or Money: Care Provision in the U.S., NY: Russell Sage, pp. 21-39.

Leana, C. & Kossek, E. (2012) Positive organizational change by and for the working poor. In J. Dutton & K. Golden-Biddle (eds.) Positive Social Change in Organizations, NY: Routledge, pp. 353-378.

Howes, C., Leana, C. & Smith, K. (2012) Paid care work. In Folbre, N. (ed.) For Love or Money: Care Provision in the U.S., NY: Russell Sage, pp. 65-91.

Folbre, N., Howes, C. & Leana, C. (2012) A care policy research agenda. In Folbre, N. (ed.) For Love or Money: Care Provision in the U.S., NY: Russell Sage, pp. 183-204.

Leana, C. (2011) The missing link in school reform. Stanford Social Innovation Review, 9(4): 30-35.

Rosen, J., Stiehl, E., Mittal, V. & Leana, C. (2011) Stayers, leavers, and switchers among certified nursing aides: A longitudinal investigation of staff reduction and turnover. The Gerontologist, 51: 597-609.

Pil, F. & Leana, C. (2009) Applying organization research to public school reform. Academy of Management Journal, 52:1101-1124.

Leana, C.R., Appelbaum, E. & Shevchuk, I. (2009) Work process and quality of care: Encouraging positive job crafting in childcare classrooms. Academy of Management Journal, 52: 1169-1192. Finalist: Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship Best Paper Award.

Mittal, V., Rosen, J. & Leana, C. (2009) A dual-process model of retention and turnover in the direct care workforce: Insights from qualitative research. The Gerontologist, 49: 623-634.

Pinto, J., Leana, C. & Pil, F. (2008) Corrupt organizations or organizations of corrupt individuals? Two models of organizational corruption. Academy of Management Review, 33: 685-709.

Center Affiliation

Healthcare Management

Academic Area

Organizations and Entrepreneurship