PhD, New York University
MSW, University of Southern California
BA, Stanford University
Group dynamics and processes
Impact of culture on work behavior
Management of innovation and learning
Professor Salazar joined The Paul Merage School of Business in 2016 as an Assistant Professor of Organization and Management. Her research focuses on learning and innovation in teams and organizations. Her scientific research yields novel insights that enhance the competitiveness of firms, the effectiveness of teams, and the quality of the work experience for individuals. Through detailed field studies, survey research, and rigorous experimental methods she explores several research questions including:
- How can organizational structures and human resource practices enhance multinational firm performance?
- What are the underlying psychological, social, and cognitive processes that promote collaboration in teams comprised of members from different cultural backgrounds?
- How can leadership, team composition, and training enable science teams to integrate diverse knowledge, methods, and approaches to solve complex problems?
Professor Salazar is the recipient of numerous research awards including a major multi-year grant from the National Science Foundation ($420,000) focused on studying and facilitating the integrative capacity of interdisciplinary science teams. She has also consulted, advised, or spoken about her research on the science of team science at various academic institutions. She was also invited to use her team science expertise for the Army Research Office, Fortune 500 companies, the National Institutes of Health and medial centers around the country.
- Salazar, M. & Salas, E. (2013). Reflection of Cross-Cultural Collaboration Science. Journal of Organizational Behavior. Vol. 34, pp. 910-917. DOI: 10.1002/job.1881.
- Bedwell, W. L., Wildman, J. L., DiazGranados, D., Salazar, M., Kramer, W. S., & Salas, E. (2012). Clarifying collaboration: An integrative multilevel conceptualization. Human Resources Management Review, 22(2), pp.128-145.
- Salazar, M., Lant, T., Fiore, S., Salas, E. (2012). Integrative Capacity: A New Perspective for Understanding Interdisciplinary Team Processes and Outcomes. Small Group Research, DOI: 10.1177/1046496412453622.
- 2015 Invited Panelist, Symposium on Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science, National Academies of Science
- 2014 International Best Paper Award Finalist, Careers Division, Academy of Management
- 2013 National Science Foundation Grant, Science of Science Policy & Science of Organization ($420,000)