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Creating a Culture - Purdue professor recognized for making a better world of work

Professor Allison Gabriel, the Thomas J. Howatt Chair in Management at Purdue’s Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business and director of the university’s new Center for Working Well, was recently recognized by Culture Amp as one of its Top 25 Emerging Culture Creators.

Allie Gabriel

Culture Amp is an employee experience and development platform that helps people create a better world of work for themselves, their teams, and their organizations. Gabriel is one of four people recognized in the academics and researchers category, which emphasizes that anyone who seeks to understand the employee experience through study and evidence is a researcher making a better world of work. The list “is a reminder that people science is both an academic and an applied discipline,” said Culture Amp in announcing the honorees.

“Allison has made helping organizations create better working environments a focus of her academic career,” said Culture Amp. “She tackles topics traditionally ‘outside the bounds’ for organizational research, like women's health and postpartum experiences, workplace loneliness and interpersonal working relationships, and leads a cutting-edge research hub that translates wellbeing research into practice.”

Gabriel received her BA in Psychology with honors and highest distinction from Penn State University in 2008, and her PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from The University of Akron in 2013. Her research focuses on emotions, motivation, interpersonal stressors/relationships, and employee well-being — especially women’s health and its intersection with work.

Gabriel’s research has been published in Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Organizational Research Methods, and Journal of Management, among other outlets, and has resulted in numerous presentations at the Academy of Management (AOM), American Psychological Association (APA), and Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) conferences. Her research has received popular press attention from outlets such as CNBC, CNN, Fast Company, Forbes, Psychology Today, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, in addition to being featured by Harvard Business Review.

The Purdue Center for Working Well is at the forefront of challenges facing modern workforces and employees’ desire to “work well.” The center’s core mission  is to develop a robust understanding of what that means to employees and organizations, encompassing challenges with promoting personal well-being, creating sustainable performance, adopting to grand challenges in modern organizations, and cultivating positive and inclusive relationships at work and home.

“Being recognized by Culture Amp in this capacity is such an honor,” Gabriel says. “I also believe it’s a positive signal for all that we are building here at Purdue with the new Center for Working Well. It’s my goal through the center to help organizations build cultures that support thriving at work and at home, and I’m grateful that this recognition helps amplify our work.”