Meet Your New Board Members

With the 2018 election cycle now closed, IACM is proud to announce our new board members. The following individuals will take their positions on the board at the close of the 2018 meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (July 8 – 11, 2018).

President-Elect: Zoe I. Barsness, University of Washington Tacoma

Member At-Large: Nir Halevy, Stanford University

Member At-Large: Laura Rees, University of Missouri Kansas City


Zoe I. Barsness is an associate professor of management in the Milgard School of Business at the University of Washington Tacoma.  She received her B.A. in Comparative History from Harvard University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Organizational Behavior from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.  Prior to joining the faculty at UWT, she taught at Kellogg and served on the faculty at the Mays School of Business at Texas A&M University.  Her research focuses on negotiation and the impact of recent developments in communications technology, organization structure, and work arrangements on individuals and groups in organizations. Her research has examined the costs and benefits of different alternative dispute resolution processes, cross-cultural negotiation processes, the influence of gender and technologically-mediated communication on negotiation, the strategies adopted by remote workers to manage their workplace performance more effectively, and the impact of social networks and alternative work arrangements on individuals, group processes and organizational performance.  Her work has appeared in the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Research on Managing Groups and Teams, Research in Organizational Behavior, Small Group Research, Social Forces, Social Justice Research, and The Negotiation Journal.  She teaches courses on leading teams, organizational behavior, negotiation, strategic human resource management, and strategy formation.

Zoe has served as a Chair of the Conflict Management Division of the Academy of Management, as well as, Representative at Large and Program Chair. In addition to being a long-term member of IACM, she serves on the editorial board for Negotiation and Conflict Management Research.  Previously, she has served as Chair of the University of Washington’s Faculty Senate and as Chair of the University of Washington Tacoma’s Faculty Assembly.  Currently, she is President of the PAC-12 Academic Leadership Coalition, an organization that facilitates collaboration between the shared governance leaders and staff from the PAC-12 universities.

Zoe has consulted to organizations in the construction, energy, forest products, healthcare, retail and technologies industries, as well as, municipal governments, the State of Texas and other non-profit organizations.  She serves on the Advisory Board of the Executive Leadership Program for Women, Inclusion and Diversity at the University of Washington Bothell.  She has received research grants from the State of Texas, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Center for International Business Studies at Texas A&M University, and 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.  Outside of academic life, she enjoys biking, gardening and spending time with family exploring the mountains and backcountry of the Pacific Northwest in hiking boots and on snowshoes and skis.


Laura Rees is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at The Bloch School at UMKC. She teaches undergraduate courses in Leadership as well as workshops on negotiation. Her research and teaching interests include examining the impact of emotions on cognition, decision-making, and relationships at work, understanding the antecedents and consequences of employee voice (i.e., speaking up with ideas or suggestions about how to improve work processes) and voice habit (i.e., speaking up automatically, without thinking about costs and benefits of doing so), and negotiations. Before coming to Bloch, Dr. Rees taught undergraduate and MBA courses in management, negotiations, and advanced negotiation techniques at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.

Dr. Rees received an AB in economics from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Business Administration (Management area) from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Prior to her academic life, Dr. Rees worked as a strategy consultant for The Boston Consulting Group, Inc. Outside of work, she is a dedicated (albeit terrible) runner, and she loves to travel and tell as many stories and bad jokes as possible.


I am an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at Stanford University. I have studied psychology, international relations, and management at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. My research focuses on understanding how individuals and groups manage their interdependence. I am interested in strategic thinking and behavior; conflict, cooperation and negotiation; brokering; hierarchy and leadership; intragroup and intergroupprocesses. I look forward to see you all at the next IACM meeting!