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Mary Zellmer-Bruhn

Associate Dean of MBA and MS Programs, 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


Dr. Zellmer-Bruhn is the Associate Dean of MBA and MS Programs and Professor 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.

Zellmer-Bruhn teaches courses at the Carlson School on the management of teams, organizational behavior, and cross-cultural management. along with numerous executive education offerings.  She has received the Carlson School's Excellence in Teaching, Outstanding Honor's Faculty and the Carlson Executive MBA Curtis Cup Award for Excellence 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, Organization Science, the Strategic Management Journal, the Journal of International Business Studies, Academy of Management Annals, Journal of Business Venturing, Group and Organization Management, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Management International Review, Journal of Managerial Issues, Journal of World Business, Small Group Research and The Journal of Managerial Psychology.

Zellmer-Bruhn currently serves as Deputy Editor and Senior Editor for Organization Science. She formerly served as Area Editor for the Journal of International Business Studies. She also serves on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Review, Journal of World Business, Small Group Research, and Management International Review, and has previously served on the boards of Organization Science, 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 & Activities

  • Journal Articles
    Zellmer-Bruhn, M.E., Forbes, D.P., Sapienza, H.J. & Borchert, P. S. (2021) “Lab,gig, or enterprise How scientist-inventors form nascent start-up teams.” Journal of Business Venturing.
  • Journal Articles
    Tenzer, H., Pudelko, M. & Zellmer-Bruhn, M. (2021). “The Impact of Language Barriers on Knowledge Processing in Multinational Teams.” Journal of World Business.
  • Book Chapters
    Zellmer-Bruhn, M, & Maloney, M. (2020). Cross-Cultural Teamwork. The SAGE Handbook of Contemporary Cross-Cultural Management.
  • Journal Articles
    Maloney, M. M., Shah, P. P., Zellmer-Bruhn, M., & Jones, S. L. (2019). The Lasting Benefits of Teams: Tie Vitality After Teams Disband. Organization Science, 30(2), 260-279.
  • Journal Articles
    Yu, L. & Zellmer-Bruhn, M.* (2018). Introducing team mindfulness and considering its safeguard role against conflict transformation and social undermining. Academy of Management Journal, 61(1), 324-347. *Authorship alphabetical.
  • Journal Articles
    Stahl, Tung, Kostova, & Zellmer-Bruhn, (2016). Widening the lens: Rethinking distance, diversity, and foreignness in international business research through positive organizational scholarship. Journal of International Business Studies, 47(6), 621-630.
  • Journal Articles
    Maloney, M., Bresman, H., Zellmer-Bruhn, M. & Beaver, G. (2016). “Contextualizing team research: A look back and a path forward.” Academy of Management Annals, 10(1), 891-942.
  • Journal Articles
    Zheng, Y., DeVaughn, M., & Zellmer-Bruhn, M. E. (2016). “Shared and shared alike? Founders’ Prior Shared Experience and Performance of Newly Founded Banks” Strategic Management Journal. 37(12), 2503-2520.
  • Journal Articles
    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
  • Book Chapters
    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,
  • Journal Articles
    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.
  • Journal Articles
    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, March, 225-248.
  • Journal Articles
    Zellmer-Bruhn, M. E., & Gibson, C. B. (2006). "Multinational Organization Context: Implications for team learning and performance." Academy of Management Journal, 49(3): 501-518.
  • Journal Articles
    Zellmer-Bruhn, M. E. (2003). "Interruptive events and team knowledge acquisition." Management Science, 49(4), 514-528.
  • Journal Articles
    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 45(5), 1046-1055.
  • Journal Articles
    Gibson, C. B. & Zellmer-Bruhn, M. E. (2001). "Metaphors and meaning: An intercultural analysis of teamwork." Administrative Science Quarterly, 46: 274-303.
  • National Science Foundation Grant, 2003 -2006

  • Current Editorial Boards: Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, Management International Review


    • Carlson Executive MBA Curtis Cup Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2019, 2022
    • Carlson School of Management Outstanding Faculty Service Award, 2012
    • Outstanding Honors Faculty, 2004-2005
    • Carlson School of Management Excellence in Teaching Award, 2003-2004
    • 2019 Judge, INFORMS Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition
    • Local Arrangements Chair, INGroup Board of Directors, 2011 Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN
    • Executive Committee, College of Organization Science (INFORMS)
    • Executive Committee, College on Organization Science, INFORMS. 2010-2013
    • INFORMS Dissertation Proposal Competition Chair: 2010

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