Expert on leadership, risk, conflict resolution, decision auditing, negotiations, and gender. Her work explains how leaders can improve their decision making and the impact of good decision architecture to improve organizational performance.
Catherine Tinsley is the Raffini Professor of Management at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, Area Head for the Management Faculty, Faculty Director of the Georgetown University Women’s Leadership Institute, and a Senior Policy Scholar at McDonough’s Center for Business and Public Policy. She also sits on Kate Spade & Co.’s Social Impact Council. Tinsley is an expert on leadership, risk, conflict resolution, decision auditing, negotiations, and gender. Her work explains how leaders can improve their decision making and the impact of good decision architecture to improve organizational performance.Professor Tinsley has received numerous awards and grants for her research, including from organizations such as NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of HomelandSecurity for her work on decision-making and risk] and from the Department of Defense and Army Research Office [for her work on modeling culture’s influence on negotiation and collaboration].
In applying her research she has spoken three times at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on how companies can enhance workplace performance by changing their narrative around failure.
She also advises how companies can learn from near-miss warnings to improve judgment around risk and avoid organizational disaster. Her study of a new social enterprise model pioneered by Kate Spade & Co., suggests that worker well-being and profit are compatible interests for companies. As well, her partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce speaks to career trajectories for women in the C-suite.Tinsley has served on three committees for the National Academy of Sciences— The Committee to Improve Intelligence Analysis for National Security and The Committee on Unifying Social and Cultural Frameworks in the Military, and Committee on The Context of Military Environments, where she served as committee vice-chair. She has published more than 50 articles and book chapters in peer-reviewed journals. Tinsley has conducted numerous negotiations, conflict resolution, decision making, and leadership training seminars for various organizations, including: the staff of the U.S. Senate,Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Rolls Royce N.A., Gucci, Rio Tinto, Sprint-Nextel, Nextel, Verizon, the World Bank, DPT Laboratories, Ferro, Lamson & Sessions, Rhode & Schwarz, and USAID.
Raffini Professor of Management at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
"My work is motivated by a desire to understand how cognitive limitations, our prior histories, and the institutional context direct our thoughts and behaviors in systematic, and sometimes problematic, ways. I study four main outcome areas: negotiations, decision making under risk and uncertainty, culture and conflict resolution, and gender dynamics. Collectively, the results of my research help us be more conscious in our current choices and aware of our own impact so as to improve interpersonal relationships and collective performance."
The Raffini Professor of Management at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Area Head for the Management Faculty, McDonough School of Business
Faculty Director of the Georgetown University Women’s Leadership Institute
Senior Policy Scholar at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy