I am an Assistant Professor of Consumer & Organizational Studies in the David D. Reh School of Business, cross-appointed with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clarkson University. I am the Director and Principal Research Investigator of the Culture and Diversity Laboratory. With collaborators and students I conduct interdisciplinary research on culture, conflict management, and communication. As of May 2017, I have been appointed a Visiting Researcher position at the Jerome A. Chazen Institute for Global Business, Columbia Business School to conduct research on diversity in teams. My research projects are funded by the Army Research Institute and CITeR, a National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC). I am 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). I received her PhD in Industrial Organizational Psychology from University of Waterloo. Prior to joining Clarkson and while a PhD student, I was an Adjunct Professor of Organization Studies at Schulich School of Business, York University and a visiting scholar in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. My 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.
Univeristy of Waterloo
I examine the influence of culture and diversity in negotiations and work teams to identify and explain psychological and behavioral processes that stimulate conflict and hinder cooperation. In a negotiation context I examine how culture influences 1) display, interpretation and impact of nonverbal communication, 2) perception formation and collaboration, as well as 3) behavioral scripts and negotiation strategies. My goal is to provide practical insights into cross-cultural negotiation, collaboration, and decision-making among employees, managers and negotiators.
Yao, J., Ramirez-Marin, J., Brett, J., Aslani, S., & Semnani-Azad, Z. (2017). A measurement model for dignity, face, and honor cultural norms. Management and Organization Review, 1-26.
Aslani, S., Ramirez‐Marin, J., Brett, J., Yao, J., Semnani‐Azad, Z., Zhang, Z.X., Tinsley, C., Weingart, L. and Adair, W. (2016). Dignity, face, and honor cultures: A study of negotiation strategy and outcomes in three cultures.Journal of Organizational Behavior
Semnani-Azad, Z., & Nouri, E. (2015). Automatic Interpretation of Negotiators’ Affect and Involvement Based on Their Non-verbal Behavior. In Human-Computer Interaction: Design and Evaluation (pp. 520-529). Springer International Publishing.
Semnani-Azad, Z., Sycara, K., & Lewis, M. (2015, January). Cooperation in Face and Dignity Cultures: Role of Moral Identity and Gender. In System Sciences (HICSS), 2015 48th Hawaii International Conference on (pp. 275-283). IEEE.
Chien, S. Y., Semnani-Azad, Z., Lewis, M., & Sycara, K. (2014). Towards the development of an Inter-Cultural Scale to Measure Trust in Automation. InCross-Cultural Design (pp. 35-46). Springer International Publishing.
Semnani-Azad, Z., & Adair, W.L. (2013). Watch your tone! Relational Paralinguistic Messages in Negotiation: The Case of East and West. International Studies of Management and Organization,43(4).
Semnani-Azad, Z. (2013). Beyond Words: Nonverbal Expressions of Canadian and Chinese Negotiators. Academy of Management Proceedings (Vol. 2013, No. 1, p. 15138). Academy of Management.
Aslani, S., Ramírez, J., Semnani-Azad, Z., Brett, J., & Tinsley, C. (2013). Honor, Face, and Dignity Cultures: Implications for Conflict Management. Handbook of Research in Negotiation, Edward Elgar, 2013.
Semnani-Azad, Z., & Adair, W. L. (2011). The Display of “Dominant” Nonverbal Cues in Negotiation: The Role of Culture and Gender. International Negotiation, 16(3), 451-479.