Associate Professor Kristin Behfar teaches in the core
Leadership and Organizations course as well as the Leadership Strategies second
year elective. Her research focuses on sustaining high performance teamwork and
leading in global organizations. She has consulted in numerous organizations on
team and leadership effectiveness and worked in the marketing communications
field for several years. She is currently researching conflict management in
teams, managing large scale negotiation teams, how team members manage their
team-related frustrations, and how leadership practices vary around the
Her publications have appeared in Organizational Behavior and
Human Decision Processes, Journal of Applied Psychology,
Harvard Business Review, Organizational Research Methods, and
Small Group Research. She is also the co-editor of the book entitled
"Conflict in Teams: New Directions in Theory and Practice."
coming to Darden, Professor Behfar was a post-doctoral fellow at the Kellogg
School of Management in the Management and Organizations department and also a
faculty member at the University of California, Irvine for six years. She
received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior at the S.C. Johnson Graduate
School of Management at Cornell University.
Three Hour Tour: Team Leadership and Communication at Electronic Design,
- The Troubled Team at Universal Telecom: Managing Process and
Team Process and Decision Making
First Year Organizational Behavior
- Behfar, K. J., Mannix, E. A., Peterson, R. S., &
Trochim, W. M. (2011). Conflict in Small Groups: The Meaning and Consequences
of Process Conflict. Small Group Research, 42(2), 127-176.
- J. Brett, R. Friedman, and K. Behfar (2009). How to manage your negotiating
team: The biggest challenge may lie on your side of the table. Harvard
Business Review. September, pp. 105-109.
- Behfar, K., R. Peterson,
E. Mannix, and W. Trochim (2008). The critical role of conflict resolution in
teams: A close look at the links between conflict type, conflict management
strategies, and team outcomes. Journal of Applied Psychology, 93 (1),
- K. Behfar and L. Thompson (Eds.) (2007). Conflict in
organizational groups: New directions in theory and practice. Evanston,
IL: Northwestern University Press.
- J. Brett, Behfar, K., and M. Kern
(2006). Managing multicultural teams. Harvard Business Review.
November, pp. 84-91.
- Peterson, R. and K. Behfar (2003). The dynamic
relationship between performance feedback, trust, and conflict in groups: A
longitudinal study. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision
Processes, 92, 102-112.
- Jackson*, K. and W. Trochim
(2002). Concept mapping as an alternative approach for the analysis of
open-ended survey responses. Organizational Research Methods,
5 (4), 307-336.