Albers School of Business and Economics
Faculty and Staff

Zoe Barsness, PhD

  • Zoe Barsness, PhD
    PhD, Organizational BehaviorNorthwestern University


    Personal Bio

    Zoe I. Barsness is an associate professor of management in the Milgard School of Business at the University of Washington, Tacoma. She received her Ph.D. in organizational behavior from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in 1996. Prior to joining the faculty at UWT, she served on the faculty at Texas A&M University. Her research focuses on negotiation and the impact of recent developments in communications technology, organization structure, and work arrangements on individuals and groups in organizations. Recent research projects have examined cross-cultural negotiation processes, the influence of technologically mediated communication on negotiation, the strategies adopted by remote workers to manage their workplace performance more effectively, and the impact of social networks and alternative work arrangements on individuals, group processes and organizational performance. Her work has appeared in the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Research on Managing Groups and Teams, Research in Organizational Behavior, Small Group Research, Social Forces, Social Justice Research, and The Negotiation Journal. She teaches courses in negotiation, organizational behavior, strategic human resource management and strategy formation.

    Professor Barsness has also served as a consultant to several hospitals, the construction industry, forest products industry, local city governments, and the State of Texas. She has received research grants from the State of Texas, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Center for International Business Studies at Texas A&M University, and University of Washington, Tacoma. Prior to graduate school, she worked in the private sector in marketing and product development for a start-up software company and in management consulting. Outside of academic life, she enjoys spending time with family and hiking the mountains and backcountry of the Pacific Northwest.