Kathy E. Kram, PhD
R.C. Shipley Professor in Management, Emerita
Kathy E. Kram is the R.C. Shipley Professor in Management, Emerita, at Boston University. Her primary interests are in the areas of leadership development, relational learning, mentoring, coaching and developmental networks, and change processes in organizations. In addition to her book, Mentoring at Work, she has published in a wide range of journals including Organizational Dynamics, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Harvard Business Review, Business Horizons, Qualitative Sociology, Mentoring International, Journal of Management Development, Journal of Management Education, Journal of Management Inquiry, Organizational Behavior and Human Performance, Career Development International, and Psychology of Women Quarterly. She is co-editor of The Handbook of Mentoring at Work: Theory, Research and Practice with Dr. Belle Rose Ragins, and co-author of Strategic Relationships at Work: Creating your circle of mentors, sponsors and peers for success in business and life with Dr. Wendy Murphy.
Dr. Kram regularly consults with organizations to create developmental cultures and practices that foster effective mentoring and coaching for individuals at every career stage. She also regularly coaches men and women who aspire to be more effective leaders. Her primary purpose in this work is to help her clients develop self-awareness, social and emotional competencies, and new habits of mind that enable more effective responses to the complexities of today’s global and face paced environment. She is a principal in Innovative Communities in the Workplace (www.icwconsulting.com), and regularly collaborates with Dr. Ilene Wasserman, founder of this firm, on a variety of issues related to mentoring, coaching, developmental networks, and developmental cultures.
She is a founding member of the Center for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations (CREIO). During 2000-2001, she served as a visiting scholar at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) during which time she completed a study of executive coaching and its role in developing emotional competence in leaders. She served as a member of the Center’s Board of Governors from 2002-2009. Currently, she is completing a book on Peer Coaching at Work: Principles and Practices with Drs. Polly Parker, Douglas (Tim) Hall, and Ilene Wasserman. She is collaborating with five colleagues on a large study of the Transition in to Retirement led by Prof. Teresa Amabile at the Harvard Business School. She and her husband, Peter Yeager, enjoy hiking, traveling, and listening to their musician son, Jason, perform in a variety of venues.