Maritza Salazar

Maritza Salazar is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at Claremont Graduate University where she teaches courses in organizational development, managing diversity in the workplace, qualitative methods, and cross-cultural psychology.

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Professor Salazar’s 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:

  1. How can organizational structures and human resource practices enhance multinational firm performance?
  2. What are the underlying psychological, social, and cognitive processes that promote collaboration in teams comprised of members from different cultural backgrounds?
  3. 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 including NYU’s Langone Medical Center and Stanford’s School of Medicine and as an invited speaker at the Science of Team Science Conference. In addition, Maritza continues to collaborate with Eduardo Salas (Univ. of Central Florida) and Michele Gelfand (U. of Maryland) on a Multi-University Research Initiative (MURI) grant aimed at understanding collaboration and negotiation within and across cultures in the Middle East. She was also invited to serve as a senior consultant on a research effort sponsored by the Army Research Office to help shed light on the factors that help military personnel and teams to adaptively learn from both positive and negative experiences when deployed internationally.

Professor Salazar earned a B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University, an M.S.W. in Industrial Social Work from the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from NYU’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. She has published articles in Human Resource Management Review, Small Groups Research, Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, and the Journal of Clinical and Translational Science. She is a member of the Academy of Management, Academy of International Business, Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGroup), and the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology.

Key research
  • Multicultural collaboration
  • Impact of culture on work behavior
  • International management
  • Management of innovation, learning & knowledge
  • Group dynamics and processes
  • Team-based organizations
  • Change and development



Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Salazar, M., & Lant, T. (2010). Organizational innovation through the creation of interdisciplinary science teams: A tri-motor theory of generative mechanisms. Academy of Management Journal, special issue on processes of organizational change (Revise and Re-submit).

Salazar, M., Lant, T., Fiore, S., Salas, E. (2011). Integrative Capacity: A New Perspective for Understanding Interdisciplinary Team Processes and Outcomes. Small Group Research, special issue on team science (Conditional Acceptance).

Salazar, M., Lant, T. & Kane, A. (2011). Knowledge Workers and Interdisciplinary Team Structures for Knowledge Creation: Predicting Participation Choices. Clinical and Translational Science (Under Review).

Salazar, M., Spencer, J. & Salas, E. (2011). Exploring Employee Voice: Going Beyond the Western Perspective. Groups and Organization Management (Under Review).

Bedwell, W. L., Wildman, J. L., DiazGranados, D., Salazar, M., Kramer, W. S., & Salas, E. (2010, in press). Clarifying collaboration: An integrative multilevel conceptualization. Human Resources Management Review, special issue on construct clarity.

Salazar, M., Lant, T. & Kane, A. (2009). Knowledge Workers and Interdisciplinary Team Structures for Knowledge Creation: Predicting Participation Choices. Best Paper Proceedings Eastern Academy of Management.

Salazar, M., & Lant, T. (2008). Rescuing Latent Technologies: A relational model of technology managers. Best Paper Proceedings Academy of Management.

Salazar, M., & Robinson, J., (2007). The Effect of Wealth and Race on Start-up Rates. In Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, No. 37, 1-35

Book Chapters

Salas, E., Salazar, M., & Gelfand, M. (2011). Understanding Culture as Diversity. In Q. Roberson (Eds.), Diversity in Organizations. (Under Review).

Salazar, M., Shuffler, M., Bedwell, W. & Salas, E. (2011). Toward A Contextualized Cultural Taxonomy. In M. Gelfand & K. Sycara (Eds.), Models for Inter-Cultural Collaboration and Negotiation. (Under Review).