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Zhaleh Semnani-Azad is an Assistant Professor of Management at the Nazarian College of Business and Economics. She has taught Human Resource Management and Negotiation courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels in institutions within the United States and Canada. She also conducts training workshops and engages in consulting projects in these fields. Her research, heavily intertwined with her teaching, focuses on the impact of culture and diversity in organizations. Specifically, her research interests include culture and diversity, conflict management, communication, intergroup relations and work-teams. Her research has been funded by the Army Research Institute and CITeR, a National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) to examine the implications of diversity in teams and interaction with technology.
Previously, Dr. Semnani-Azad was a professor at the Reh School of Business in Clarkson University, and a Visiting Researcher in the Jerome A. Chazen Institute for Global Business at Columbia University in New York City. She is on the Editorial Board of the Negotiation and Conflict Management Research and was part of the program committee of the International Workshop on Conflict Resolution in Decision Making in conjunction with the European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI). Dr. Semnani-Azad received her PhD in Organizational Psychology from University of Waterloo in Canada. While a doctorate student, she was an Adjunct Professor of Organization Studies at Schulich School of Business in York University and a Visiting Scholar in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Semnani-Azad's research has received media attention from Strategy+Business and Harvard University's Program on Negotiation (PON), and awards from the Academy of Management and International Association for Conflict Management.