Klodiana Lanaj
Martin L. Schaffel Professor Klodiana Lanaj

University of Florida management professor awarded for significant scholarly achievement by premier organization

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Klodiana Lanaj, Martin L. Schaffel Professor, is the latest recipient of the Academy of Management Organizational Behavior Division’s Cummings Early to Mid-Career Scholarly Achievement Award, which recognizes scholarly achievement of an early- to mid-career scholar.

Lanaj is the fifth faculty member from the University of Florida Warrington College of Business to receive the honor since its establishment in 1998 from the Academy of Management’s Organizational Behavior (OB) Division, a group of 6,000+ members who seek to advance the development of scholars and scholarship within the organizational behavior domain. 

“I feel deeply honored to join such an impressive list of previous winners,” Lanaj said of the award.  “I am also very grateful for the continued mentorship and support that I have received from my colleagues in the management department, and from our leadership in the Warrington College of Business these past 10 years. This award would not be possible without their support.”

Lanaj’s research focuses on better understanding and facilitating leader effectiveness and wellbeing. She studies interventions, mindsets, and behaviors that enable leaders to thrive at work and at home. In related streams of research, she also examines leadership structures that facilitate team success, and behaviors and mindsets that help and/or harm employee performance and wellbeing.

Some of her recently published research highlights how reflecting on gratitude received from family can make for better leaders, how to build resiliency at work through self-compassion and how self-compassion can enhance leaders in the workplace.

The Cummings Award committee highlighted the excellence of Lanaj’s work and her dedication to elevating management research and scholars.

“Klodiana’s research has helped transform what we know about the study of leadership from a dynamic, within-person perspective, looking at both the costs and benefits to leaders’ daily lives,” they shared. “She is not only producing high quality research, but also developing the next generation of scholars in the field… Overall, Klodiana’s research is incredibly impactful, and she is a fantastic mentor for OB scholars.”

Lanaj has been recognized for her research contributions throughout her career. In 2019, she received the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIPO) Distinguished Early Career Contributions Science Award. She was also listed among the 2020 Top 30 Management Thinkers to Watch by Thinkers50 Radar and was awarded as the Best Reviewer by the Academy of Management Journal in 2017.

Most recently, Lanaj served as an Associate Editor at the Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes journal from 2021-2024. She currently serves on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes and Personnel Psychology.

As a member of Warrington’s management department, Lanaj’s research has contributed to the department’s four-year No. 1 ranking in productivity per faculty on the Texas A&M/University of Georgia (TAMUGA) Rankings of Management Department Research Productivity.

Lanaj will be jointly awarded the Cummings Award with Anthony Klotz of University College London’s School of Management at the 84th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, which will take place in August 2024 in Chicago.