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Gelaye Debebe Faculty Member

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Gelaye Debebe is an Associate Professor of Organizational Sciences (OS) at the George Washington University and previously served as OS Program Director. In this role she created many new systems to routinize the efficient administration of the OS undergraduate and graduate programs and helped lead some important changes in the program. She is also a Faculty Affiliate at the Center for Gender in Organizations at Simmons Graduate School of Management and the George Washington University Women’s Studies Program. Her research is concerned with how people learn individually and jointly in the face of potentially-inhibiting social norms and inequalities. She has explored this question in the context of how individuals representing culturally dissimilar and unequal groups achieve coordination in their interactions, how women learn and develop as leaders in the context of limiting societal gender norms, and how individuals successfully craft talent trajectories in the context of social identity ascription. Among others, her work has appeared in Research in Organizational Behavior, Journal of Management Education, Advancing Women in Leadership Journal, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, Human Resources Development International, Cogent Business and Management, and Development in Practice. She is also author of two books entitled: "Navigating Power: Cross-cultural Competence in Navajoland" and "Women's Leadership Development: Caring Environments and Paths of Transformation". In addition, she served as lead guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of Management Education on women's leadership programs. She is currently serving as guest editor of the European Journal of Training and Development on the topic of authentic talent development in sociocultural context. Debebe primarily teaches three courses: Leadership, Management Systems, and Global Organizations. The Leadership and Management Systems courses are consistently rated very highly while the Global Organizations course constitutes a significant contribution to infusing a global perspective into the OS undergraduate major.

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