Mary Zellmer-Bruhn

Associate Professor
Department of Work and Organizations


  • BBA 1987
    Marketing Univ. of Wisconsin

  • MS 1993
    Management Univ. of Wisconsin

  • PhD 1999
    Organizational Behavior Univ. of Wisconsin


  • Team composition and performance
  • The effects of context on team learning & performance
  • Time related effects in organizational behavior & teamwork
  • Cross-cultural teamwork and global teams
  • Team Mindfulness
  • Knowledge Processes in Teams

Professor Zellmer-Bruhn is Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior in the Work and Organizations Department of the Carlson School of Management.  She received a bachelor's degree in marketing, a master's degree in management, and a Ph.D. in organizational behavior, all from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  She joined the Carlson School of Management in 1999.

Professor Zellmer-Bruhn teaches courses at the Carlson School on the management of teams, organizational behavior, and organizational change.  She has received the Carlson School's Excellence in Teaching and Outstanding Honor's Faculty teaching awards. 

Zellmer-Bruhn's research focuses on teamwork, including the formation and design of teams, the social capital benefits of teamwork in organizations, entrepreneurial teams, knowledge management and team routines, and cross-cultural teamwork. Her research is published in Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, Group and Organization Management, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Management International Review, Journal of Managerial Issues, and The Journal of Managerial Psychology. Zellmer-Bruhn currently serves as Area Editor for the Journal of International Business Studies. She also serves on the editorial boards of Organization Science and Management International Review, and has previously served on the boards of Journal of International Business and Journal of Management. Zellmer-Bruhn served on Executive Committee of the College of Organization Science (INFORMS) from 2010 - 2013, a was a past board member of INGROUP.

Selected Works

  • Gibson, C. B. & Zellmer-Bruhn, M. E. (2001). "Metaphors and meaning: An intercultural analysis of teamwork." Administrative Science Quarterly
  • Waller, M. J., Zellmer-Bruhn, M. E. & Giambatista, R. C. (2002). "The effects of shifting deadlines on attention to time in groups." The Academy of Management Journal
  • Zellmer-Bruhn, M. E. (2003). "Interruptive events and team knowledge acquisition." Management Science
  • Zellmer-Bruhn, M. E., & Gibson, C. B. (2006). "Multinational Organization Context: Implications for team learning and performance." Academy of Management Journal
  • Forbes, D. P., Borchert, P., Zellmer-Bruhn, M. E., & Sapienza, H.J. (2006). "Entrepreneurial team formation: An exploration of new member addition." Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
  • Maloney, M. M. &, Zellmer-Bruhn, M. E. (2006). "Building bridges, windows, and cultures: Mediating mechanisms between heterogeneity and performance in global teams. Management International Review. 46(6):697-720.
  • Zellmer-Bruhn, M. E., Maloney, M. M., Bhappu, A., & Salvador, R (2008). When and how do differences matter: An exploration of perceived similarity in teams Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Vol. 107 Issue 1, p41-59
  • Maloney, M. M., Johnson, S. G., & Zellmer-Bruhn, M. E (2010). Assessing group-level constructs under missing data conditions: A Monte Carlo simulation Small Group Research
  • Maloney, M., Shah, P. & Zellmer-Bruhn, M. (2010). The lasting imprint of teams Academy of Management Proceedings
  • Bresman, H., & Zellmer-Bruhn, M. (2013). The Structural Context of Team Learning: Effects of Organizational and Team Structure on Internal and External Learning. Organization Science, 24(4), 1120-1139.
  • Zellmer-Bruhn, M. E., & Gibson, C.B. (2013) How Does Culture Matter? A Contextual View of Intercultural Interaction in Groups. In Masaki Yuki and Marilynn Brewer (Eds.) Culture and Group Processes. Oxford University Press Masaki Yuki and Marilynn Brewer, Oxford University Press.

Current Activities

Editorial Appointments

  • Area Editor: Journal of International Business Studies Current Editorial Boards: Organization Science, Management International Review Past Editorial Boards: Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management

Honors and Awards

  • Carlson School of Management Outstanding Faculty Service Award, 2012
  • Carlson School of Management Excellence in Teaching Award, 2003-2004
  • Outstanding Honors Faculty, 2004-2005

Research Grants

  • National Science Foundation Grant, 2003 -2006

Scholarly Service

  • Local Arrangements Chair, INGroup Board of Directors, 2011 Annual Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Executive Committee, College on Organization Science, INFORMS. 2010-2013 INFORMS Dissertation Proposal Competition Chair: 2010
  • Executive Committee, College of Organization Science (INFORMS)
Mary Zellmer-Bruhn
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