Zoe Kinias is an Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD.
Her research focuses on how social identities affect individuals’ understanding of social and professional events and on how to improve individual and group performance. In organizations individuals are constantly faced with the need to understand and explain the things that happen to them and others. A rich body of literature suggests that people sometimes use a social identity, such as gender, ethnicity, or team membership, as a lens through which they interpret these ambiguous events. Professor Kinias’ work considers how these identities and relevant situational factors influence individuals’ explanations for their own and others’ experiences. Her work also investigates how to improve individuals’ decision making by reducing bias and how to improve teams’ decisions by integrating information of all team members. She publishes research in leading journals, including the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Psychological Science.
Professor Kinias now teaches executive sessions on teamwork and motivation, Psychological Issues in Management to MBAs and Introduction to Social Psychology to PhDs at INSEAD. She previously taught Leading and Managing Teams to full- and part-time MBAs, executive courses on Team Leadership and Performance Appraisals, MBA sessions on Best Practices for Teamwork, and the Team Dynamics portion of NUvention Medical Innovation at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She also taught Social Psychology, Cultural Psychology, Applied Statistics, and Research Methods at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has taught very diverse groups of students including leaders of large multinational organizations, directors of medical programs, and cross-functional innovation teams.