Zoe Barsness earned her doctorate in Organization Behavior from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University in 1996. Prior to joining the faculty at UWT in 2000, Dr. Barsness served on the management faculty at Texas A&M University. Her teaching interests are mainly in the areas of team dynamics, organizational behavior, negotiation and conflict management, and strategic human resource management.
Dr. Barsness' research focuses on negotiation and the impact of recent developments in communications technology, organization structure, and work arrangements on individuals and groups in organizations. Recent research projects have examined cross-cultural negotiation processes, the influence of technologically mediated communication on negotiation, the strategies adopted by remote workers to manage their workplace performance more effectively, and the impact of alternative work arrangements on group process and effectiveness.
Dr. Barsness has also served as a consultant to several hospitals, the construction industry, forest products industry, local city governments, and the State of Texas. She has received research grants from the State of Texas, U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Center for International Business Studies at Texas A&M University, an the University of Washington, Tacoma. Prior to graduate school, she worked in the private sector in marketing and product development for a start-up software company and in management consulting.