Assistant Professor; Faculty Affiliate, Center for Gender in Organizations
D.B.A., Harvard Business School; M.B.A., University of Kansas; B.A., Law, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Dr. Špela Trefalt joined Simmons faculty in 2008, after earning her D.B.A. in Management from the Harvard Business School, her M.B.A. from the University of Kansas, and her B.A. in Law from the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. In her research, Dr. Trefalt focuses on the issues of managing the competing demands of work and life outside of work, especially among professionals. She is particularly interested in the role of relationships at work in this process. Her research deepens our understanding of the experiences of individuals with work and non-work demands in order to provide ideas for improving individuals' well-being by combining their own agency and organizational change. She teaches in the MBA and in Executive Education programs. Prior to her academic career, Trefalt spent six years as a human resources management consultant, and eight years working in the media in Slovenia.
- Leading Individuals and Groups
- Leading Organizational Change
Trefalt, Š. (2014). How network properties affect one's ability to obtain benefits: A network simulation. Journal of Management Education.
- Trefalt, Š. (2013). Between You and Me: Setting Work-Nonwork Boundaries in the Context of Workplace Relationships. Academy of Management Journal, 86: 1802-1829.
- Trefalt, Š., Drnovsek, M., Svetina-Nabergoj, A., & Adlesic, R. (2013). Work-life experiences in rapidly changing national contexts: Structural misalignment, comparisons and choice overload as explanatory mechanisms. European Management Journal. 31:448-463.
- Trefalt, Š. (2012). "Fairly Flexible: Preventing Perceptions of Unfairness in Enactment of Workplace Flexibility", In Steven Poelmans, Mireia Las Heras & Jeffrey Greenhaus (Eds.) New Frontiers in Work-Family Research: A Vision for the Future in a Global World. Palgrave Publishers.
- Trefalt, Š. (2011). "Integrating Giving Voice to Values across the MBA Curriculum: The Case of Simmons School of Management," Journal for Business Ethics Education, Vol. 8, pp.326-331.
- Adkins, C., Gentile, M. C. , Ingols, C., & Trefalt, Š. (2011). "Teaching 'How'--not 'Whether'--to Manage with Integrity: Undergraduate and MBA Applications of the 'Giving Voice To Values' Curriculum", In Agatha Stachowicz-Stanusch & Charles Wankel (Eds.) Management Education for Integrity. 107-133. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing.
- Trefalt, Š., Merrill-Sands, D., Kolb, D., Wilson, F., & Carter, S. (2011). Closing the women's leadership gap: Who can help? CGO. Insights (32).
- Trefalt, Š. (2010). Interpersonal Aspects of Justice in Workplace Flexibility Enactment. Work and Family Encyclopedia.
- Trefalt, Š. (2010). In Good Standing & Standing Your Ground: Preserving Relationships in Workplace Flexibility Enactment. Academy of Management Best Papers Proceedings.
- Trefalt, Š., & Perlow, L. 2005. Learning From Women Who Make It Work: A Call For Dynamic Flexibility. In K. D. Elsbach (Ed.), Qualitative Organizational Research: Best Papers from the Davis Conference on Qualitative Research: 227-251. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing, Inc.
- Trefalt, Š. 2005. Book Review of Andrew Ross's No-Collar: The Humane Workplace and Its Hidden Costs, Administrative Science Quarterly, 50(2): 312-314.
Awards & Accolades
- 2010 - Outstanding Reviewer Award OB Divison Academy of Management.
- 2010 - Outstanding Reviewer Award, Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division Academy of Management.
- 2007 - Harvard Business School Wyss Award for Excellence in Doctoral Research Finalist
- 2007 - Outstanding Reviewer for OB Division, Academy of Management
- 2002-2007 - Graduate Fellowship, Harvard Business School
- 1993 - Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, Law School, University of Ljubljana
- 1987-1996 - Zois Fellow, recognizing exceptional intellectual potential, The Republic of Slovenia
Work in Progress
- "Autonomy vs. Interdependence: How Professionals Navigate Intra-Firm 'Free Markets' to Achieve Work-Life Balance"(with Emily Heaphy)
- "Let's Hear it for the Boss: Antecedents and Benefits of Family-Supportive Supervisory Behaviors" (with Mireia Las Heras and Pablo Escribano Pinto)
"Travel Companions: On a Road from Data to a Paper in Inductive Qualitative Research" (with Marya Besharov and Emily Heaphy)
- Academy of Management
- Organizational Behavior Teaching Society
- Work and Family Research Network, Founding Member
- Center for Gender in Organizations, Faculty Affiliate
- Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children at Claremont McKenna College in California, Faculty Affiliate
- Leading Change" and "Strategic Networking", DOBA University, Slovenia, June 2013
- "Managing Change," Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, January 2011
- "Leading Organizational Change," Sun Life Financial, July 2010
- "Championing Change," Women's Foodservice Forum, April 2010
- July, 2013, Let's hear it for the boss: How national contexts moderate the effects of family supportive supervision on job performance and turnover intentions (with Mireia Las Heras and Pablo Escribano Pinto). International Conference of Work and Family, Barcelona, Spain.
- July, 2013, Work-life experiences in rapidly changing national contexts: Structural misalignment, comparisons and choice overload as explanatory mechanisms (with Mateja Drnovsek, Anja Svetina-Nabergoj and Renata Adlesic). International Conference of Work and Family, Barcelona, Spain.
- November, 2012, The Autonomy-Interdependence Paradox: Achieving Temporal Flexibility in Professional Services (with Emily Heaphy), Wharton Organizational Behavior Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
- August 2012, The Autonomy-Interdependence Paradox: Achieving Temporal Flexibility in Professional Services (with Emily Heaphy), Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
- August 2012, A Gender Problem or a Management Problem?: Understanding Women's Underrepresentation in the Partnership of a Professional Services Firm (with Irene Padavic, Robin Ely, and Erin Reid), Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
- October 2011, Autonomy vs. Interdependence: How Professionals Navigate Intra-Firm 'Free Markets' to Achieve Work-Life Balance (with Emily Heaphy), 4th Annual People and Organizations Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
- August 2011, Between you and me: Exposing the interpersonal nature of work-nonwork conflict. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX.
- August 2010, Workplace flexibility enactment as an interpersonal process. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada.
- August 2010, In Good Standing & Standing Your Ground: Preserving Relationships in Workplace Flexibility Enactment. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada.
- August 2009, Flexible Work and Fairness: Unintended Consequences of Formal and Informal Flexible Work Arrangements. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.
- July 2009, What's Fair? How Concern for Fairness Influences Decisions about Coping with Conflicting Work and Non-Work Demands. III International Conference of Work and Family, IESE, Barcelona, Spain.
- April 2009, In Good Standing While Standing Your Ground: Setting Work-Nonwork Boundaries in the Context of Relationships at Work. 24th Annual SIOP Conference, New Orleans, LA.
- Aug 2008, Between You and Me: A Relational Perspective on Managing Work-Nonwork Boundaries. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Anaheim, CA.
- Aug 2007, A Relational Perspective on Boundary Work: How Law Firm Associates Negotiate Work-Life Boundaries. Academy Of Management Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
- July 2007, A Relational Perspective on Boundary Work: How Law Firm Associates Negotiate Work-Life Boundaries. Clifford Chance Conference on Professional Service Firms, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, IL.
- June 2006, A Conceptual Model of Work-Life Balancing Process: Example of Lawyers in Corporate Law Firms. Clifford Chance Conference on Professional Service Firms, IESE, Barcelona, Spain.
- May 2006, Working 9 to 5, What a Way to Make Living!: How Lawyers Negotiate Boundaries Around Work. Trans-Atlantic Doctoral Conference, London Business School, London, UK.
- Oct 2004, Learning From Women Who Make it Work. Working Mother 100 Best Companies WorkLife Congress 2004, New York, NY.