Bess Rouse earned a bachelor’s degree in brain and cognitive sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and both her master’s degree and doctorate in management and organization from Boston College. Prior to entering the field of organizational behavior, she worked as the managing director of Anna Myer and Dancers and as a senior research assistant at the Brain Imaging Center at McLean Hospital.
Bess’s current research program focuses on creativity at work to understand the role of social interactions in the creative process and how creative workers psychologically attach to and detach from the products they make. Theoretically, her research draws from theories of identity, identification and psychological ownership. Methodologically, much of her current research is inductive, qualitative, and process-focused in nature. Her papers discuss such topics as: the role of ownership and contribution in creativity, the role of autonomy and constraints across the creative process in modern dance groups, how leadership shapes micro-processes in creativity, the characteristics of feedback for creative workers, and the psychological disengagement process that occurs as entrepreneurs exit from the organizations they found.
In 2014, her paper (with Spencer Harrison) was a finalist for Academy of Management Journal's best paper award. In 2012, Bess was the runner-up at the INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in various outlets, including Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, and Research on Aging.
PH D, Boston College, Management and Organization, 2013.
MS, Boston College, Organization Studies, 2011.
SB, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, 2002.