• E-Mail:  rouse@bu.edu
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  • Address: Boston University Questrom School of Business
    595 Commonwealth Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215

Profile Summary

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.

  • Education Open or Close

    Ph D, Boston College, Management and Organization, 2013.

    MS, Boston College, Organization Studies, 2011.

    SB, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, 2002.

  • Current CoursesOpen or Close

    SMG OB221 B4 The Dynamics of Leading Organizations

    SMG OB221 D3 The Dynamics of Leading Organizations

  • PublicationsOpen or Close

    Journal Articles:

      Rouse, E. (2016). Beginning’s end: How founders psychologically disengage from their organizations. Academy of Management Journal, 59, 1605-1629.

      Humberd, B., & Rouse, E. (2016). Seeing you in me and me in you: Personal identification in the phases of mentoring relationships. Academy of Management Review, 41(435-455),

      Harrison, S., & Rouse, E. (2015). An inductive study of feedback interactions over the course of creative projects. Academy of Management Journal, 58(2), 375-404.

      Harrison, S., & Rouse, E. (2014). Let's Dance! Elastic coordination in creative group work: A qualitative study of modern dancers. Academy of Management Journal, 57(5), 1256-1283.

      Gordon, J., & Rouse, E. (2013). The relationship of job and elder caregiving involvement to work-caregiving interference, and work costs. Research on Aging, 35(1), 96-117.

    Book Chapters:

      Rouse, E., & Harrsion, S. (2016). in Triangulate and expand: Using multiple sources of data for convergence and expansion to enrich inductive theorizing : Handbook of qualitative organizational research: Innovative pathways and ideas.

    Other Publications:

      Humberd, B., Rouse, E., Humberd, B., & Rouse, E. (2016). Building high-quality mentoring relationships through personal identifiaction..: Work in Progress: Sociology on the economy, work and inequality (ASA Blog).
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      Rouse, E. (2016). How founders psycholgoically disengage from their start-ups when it's time to exit.: LSE Business Review.
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      Harrison, S., & Rouse, E. (2015). Feedback is not an attack: Cultivating creative ideas with the 3pm model of feedback..: Talent Quarterly.