Cynthia Thompson, Ph.D., is Professor of Management and Academic Director of the Executive MBA program. She has taught courses in Organizational Behavior, Leadership Development, Organization Change & Development, and Human Resource Management to students at all levels, including undergraduate, MBA, EMBA, and doctoral students, and has taught Organization Change & Development to Master’s students in Singapore. She recently co-developed and taught an MBA course on Leading Organizational Change for Environmental Sustainability.
Prof. Thompson is recognized for her research on organizational work-life culture, and in particular, the extent to which various aspects of organizational culture affect employee attitudes and behaviors. Her work has been published in over 25 journal articles and book chapters, and two of her articles were nominated for the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research. She has been quoted in the popular press, including magazines such as Working Mother and Ladies Home Journal, newspapers such as the Daily News, AM New York, and Crain’s New York, and has been interviewed by NPR and NBC-NY.
In addition to her academic responsibilities, Prof. Thompson is president of WorkVision, LLC, a management consulting firm specializing in leadership development. Prior to that, she was a Senior Consultant at LearnTech Associates in New York City, a management consulting firm. She has also worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority, Union Carbide, and AT&T.
Richardson, K. M., & Thompson, C. A. (2012). High tech tethers and work-family conflict: A conservation of resources approach. Engineering Management Research, 1, 29-43.
Andreassi, J. & Thompson, C. A. (2007) Dispositional and situational sources of control: Relative impact on work-family conflict and work-family facilitation. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 8, 722-740.
Prottas, D. J., Thompson, C. A., Kopelman, R. E., Jahn, E. W. (2007) Work-family programs: Factors affecting employee knowledge. Personnel Review, 36, 163-189.
Prottas, D. J., & Thompson, C. A. (2006). Stress, satisfaction, and the work-family interface: A comparison of self-employed business owners, independents, and organizational employees. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 11, 366-378.
Thompson, C. A., & Prottas, D. J. (2006). Relationships among organizational family support, job autonomy, perceived control, and employee well-being. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 11, 100- 118. 5
Kopelman, R., Prottas, D. J. , Thompson, C. A., & Jahn, E.W. (2006). A multi-level examination of work- life practices: Is more always better? Journal of Managerial Issues,18, 232-253.
Thompson, C. A. (2005) Work-life balance? Organizations in denial. Journal of Employee Assistance, 35, 7-9.
Friedman, S. D., Thompson, C. A., Carpenter, M., & Marcel, D. (2005). Proving Leo Durocher wrong: Driving work/life change at Ernst & Young. International Journal of Leadership Education, 1, 65-92.
Thompson, C.A., Jahn, E. W., Kopelman, R., & Prottas, D. (2004). The impact of perceived organizational and supervisory family support on affective commitment: A longitudinal and multi-level analysis. Journal of Managerial Issues, 16, 545-567.
Desrochers, S., Andreassi, J., & Thompson, C. (2004). Identity theory. Organization Management Journal, 1, 61-69.
Jahn, E., Thompson, C.A., & Kopelman, R. (2003). Perceived organizational family support: Rationale and construct validity evidence. Community, Work, and Family, 6, 123-140. *This paper was nominated for the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research
Thompson, C.A. (2002) Work-life balance: A dialogue between managers and employees. Journal of Management Education, 26, 205-220.
Thompson, C.A., Beauvais, L., & Lyness, K.S. (1999) When work-family benefits are not enough…The influence of work-family culture on benefit utilization, organizational attachment, and work-family conflict. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 54, 392-415. *This paper was nominated for the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research
Lyness, K.L., Thompson, C.A., Francesco, A.M., & Judiesch, M. (1999). Work and pregnancy: Individual and organizational factors influencing organizational commitment, timing of maternity leave and return to work. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 11, 485-508.
Thompson, C.A., & Francesco, A.M. (1996). Valuing diversity: The case of pregnant working women in the United States. Equal Opportunities International, 15, 1-9.
Thompson, C.A., & Blau, G. (1993). Moving beyond traditional predictors of job involvement: The effect of work-family conflict and overload. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 8, 635-646.
Thompson, C.A., Kopelman, R.E., & Siano, J.N. (1992). “Buddying Up” for fewer sick days. Training and Development Journal, 47(1), 15-18. Thompson, C.A., Kopelman, R.E. & Schreisheim, C.A. (1992). Putting all one’s eggs in the same basket: A comparison of commitment and satisfaction among self- and organizationally-employed males. Journal of Applied Psychology, 77, 738-743.
Maier, M., Thompson, C.A., & Thomas, C.C. (1991). Corporate responsiveness (and resistance) to work- family interdependence in the U.S. In Equal Opportunities International, 10(3/4), 25-31.
Gordon, M.E., Philpot, J.W., Burt, R.E., Thompson, C.A., and Spiller, W.E. (1980). Commitment to the union: Development of a measure and an examination of its correlates. Journal of Applied Psychology 6 Monograph, 65, 479-499
Recipient, President’s Distinguished Teaching Award, Baruch College, 2011
Nominee, President’s Distinguished Teaching Award, Baruch College, 1989, 2004, 2006, 2008
Teaching Excellence Award, Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, 1991-2000, 2007
Teaching Excellence Commendation (evaluations > 4.5/5 pt scale, Dean’s Report), 2002, 2003, 2004
“Teacher of the Year” Award, Baruch College, 1990
Research Fellow, Sloan Center for Aging and Work, Boston College, 2008-present
Invited Panelist, Alfred P. Sloan Early Career Work and Family Scholars Conference, New York City, October 2009
Invited Speaker, Symposium on Family Issues, Penn State/NICHD, October 2007
Faculty Honoree, Baruch College, Annual Celebration of Faculty Scholarship and Creative Achievement, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Zicklin Summer Research Award, 2004 – 2008 (award program ended in 2008)
Member, Founding Editorial Board for the Sloan Work and Family Encyclopedia/Resources for Teaching Work and Family, Sloan Work and Family Research Network, Boston College
Invited Speaker, IESE, Center for International Work & Family, Barcelona (July, 2005; 2007)
Visiting Scholar, IESE, Center for International Work & Family, Barcelona (Summer, 2005)
Nominee (twice) for the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research, for best paper published on work and family (1999, 2003)
Invited Participant, Planning Committee for an NIH initiative entitled, “Workforce Workplace Mismatch: Work, Family, Health, and Well-being,” 2002. Sponsored by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research
Baruch College Fellowship, 1995-1996, 2002-2003