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Dr Sarah Harvey
Engineering Front Building
Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT
Appointment
  • Reader in Organisational Behaviour
  • UCL School of Management
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
Biography

Sarah Harvey is an Associate Professor in the UCL School of Management. Sarah studies the dynamic processes through which groups and teams engage in creative and knowledge work. She is particularly interested in how interdisciplinary groups synthesize knowledge, identify creative ideas and decide which ideas to pursue.

Sarah's research appears in leading international academic publications including Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Research in Organizational Behavior, and Small Group Research. She is on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Small Group Research. Sarah has developed and taught courses on creativity, organizational behaviour, leadership, team effectiveness, negotiations, and research methodology at UCL, the London School of Economics, and London Business School.

Sarah holds a PhD from the London Business School and a BComm (Hons) from Queen's University in Canada. Prior to her PhD, Sarah worked for the Boston Consulting Group.

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Research Summary

Sarah's research interests include creativity, innovation, dynamic processes, decision making, and diversity in small groups and teams. In particular, Sarah is interested in the processes through which interdisciplinary and cross-functional teams integrate members' knowledge to produce new ideas and make decisions.

Sarah's research examines how teams develop ways of understanding creative problems and evaluate creative responses to those problems, and the implications for group creativity. That research re-casts idea evaluation in groups as a generative activity that facilitates the integration and elaboration of novel ideas, whereas most research in this area focuses on divergent idea generation and assumes that evaluation disrupts this process. This provides a novel view of the process of group creativity.

A related stream of research investigates the effects of diversity and changes in diversity in cross-functional and interdisciplinary teams. It finds that diversity, although often assumed to improve creativity and decision-making, can also disrupt a groups' ability to converge around ideas.

Sarah's research focuses particularly on exploring the development of teams and team processes over time through qualitative research methods that examine the ongoing interactions between group members.

Teaching Summary
Creativity and Critical Thinking

MSc in Management

Success in today's organisational environment requires new ways of thinking. To cope with increasingly ambiguous and complex demands in a knowledge focused organisations, individuals need to be able to generate many solutions, adapt, and critically assess alternatives. This course is designed to help students develop these skills by presenting students with a variety of challenging activities and tasks.

Sarah has also taught Organizational Behavior, Creativity and Innovation in Organizations, and Managing High Technology Organizations in the masters and undergraduate programs at UCL.
Academic Background
2007 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Organisational Behaviour University of London
1998 B.Com Bachelor of Commerce – Commerce Queen's University
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