Suzanne C. de Janasz

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Titles and Organizations

Professor, Management
Additional Roles: Professor, Conflict Analysis & Resolution, Carter School

Contact Information

Office Location: Enterprise Hall 216
Office Hours: By appointment


With a joint appointment in the School of Business and the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Dr. de Janasz takes a multi-disciplinary approach to teaching leadership, organizational behavior, negotiation, facilitation, and organizational conflict. Before coming to George Mason University, she was the Gleed Distinguished Chair of Business chair at Seattle University, and before that, she taught global executives as Professor of Leadership and Organization Development at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland. A former Fulbright scholar (Warsaw), Suzanne has published extensively on mentoring, leadership, and work-family in high-quality academic, practitioner, and global news outlets, and is currently working on several research projects exploring work/family issues in the gig economy, CEO learning, and the role of mentors in targets’ response to sexual harassment. In the last year, she published the latest editions of her texts Interpersonal Skills in Organizations (6/e, McGraw Hill) and Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (2/e, Chicago Business Press), and a new book Teaching HRM: An Experiential Approach (Edward Elgar). 

Research Interests

  • Mentoring and careers (with special focus on CEOs, millennials, underrepresented groups, and virtual methods)
  • Work-family conflict (featuring the members of the gig economy, also the influence of mentors)
  • Sexual harassment (and the influence of mentors)
  • CEO learning


  • Ph.D. - Organizational Behavior – Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California
  • MBA - Management and Organizational Behavior, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California
  • BM - Music and Business, University of Miami

Research and Awards

  • de Janasz, S.C. & Murphy, W.C. (2019). Real career development with virtual mentoring: Past, present and future. In R. Landers (ed.) The Cambridge Handbook of Technology and Employee Behavior. Cambridge University Press, pp.296-314.
  • de Janasz, S.C. & Peiperl, M.A. (2019). Trial and error: How executives use experimentation to learn. Dialogue, Q4, 42-45.
  • Valcour, M. & de Janasz, S.C. (2016). Communicating work-family research beyond academia for thought leadership and impact. In T. Allen and L. Eby (eds.) Handbook on Work and Family. Oxford University Press, pp. 466-476.
  • de Janasz, S.C. & Peiperl, M.A. (2015). CEOs need mentors too. Harvard Business Review. 93(4): 100-103.
  • de Janasz, S.C. & Kenworthy, A. (2015). Toward authenticity or defeat: The jolting effect of layoff. In S.E. Sullivan and G.S. Baugh (eds.) Research in Careers:  Searching for Authenticity. Information Age Publishing, volume 2, pp. 67-88.
  • de Janasz, S.C., van der Graaf, K., & Watkins, M.D. (2013). It’s all about day one: How to give a new executive the best possible start. Harvard Business Review, 91(6): 98-104.
  • de Janasz, S.C., Haack, D., Forret, M. & Jonsen, K. (2013). Family status and work attitudes. British Journal of Management, 24(2): 191-210.
  • de Janasz, S.C., & Godshalk, V.M. (2013). The role of e-mentoring in protégés’ learning and satisfaction. Group & Organization Management, 38(6): 743-774.
  • de Janasz, S.C., Behson, S., Jonsen, K. & Lankau, M. (2013). Dual support for dual roles. how mentoring and work–family culture influence work–family conflict and job attitudes. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 24(7): 1435-1453

Teaching Interests

  • Leadership
  • Negotiation (including influence, persuasion)
  • Organizational behavior
  • Leading organizational change
  • Conflict in organizations
  • Facilitation
  • Extensive experience in Europe/UK, Asia, Australia, and the Americas teaching global executives

Media Clippings

  • October 3, 2022 - AACSB Insights
    Attacking Gender Bias—One Negotiation at a Time
  • August 21, 2022 - Dialogue Review
    Ready to walk
  • July 4, 2022 - Negotiations Ninja Podcast
    Learn to Recognize Opportunities to Negotiate
  • May 2, 2022 - The Wall Street Journal
    Weird, Loud and Toxic: Deal With Your Co-Workers’ Annoying Quirks
  • August 26, 2021 - Harvard Business Review
    We Often Overlook Opportunities to Negotiate
  • Interviewed for print feature for Cosmopolitan on the use of persuasion and negotiation in working with companies considering dropping birth control coverage (August, 2018)
  • Interviewed for and quoted in Capital on how to make yourself charming (likeable) in the workplace (June, 2017).
  • Quoted in Financial Times on the benefits of virtual mentoring. (June, 2016).
  • Interviewed for and quoted in El Economista (Argentina) on the mentoring of CEOs. (April, 2016).
  • Interviewed for and quoted in The Times and The Sunday Times (both UK) on the importance of mentoring for CEO success. (Articles appeared in January and February, 2014, respectively).
  • Interviewed for and quoted in The Globe and Mail on why executives need more than one mentor. (January, 2014).
  • Interviewed for YPO’s member magazine Ignite on negotiation skills for chief global executives. (Fall, 2013).
  • Interviewed for IMD’s Wednesday Webcast on the importance of and finding mentors. (2013).
  • Interviewed for and quoted in Bilan, a Swiss publication, on how a local placement firm elaborates their strategy and beliefs. (September, 2012).
  • Interviewed for and quoted in Intermediair, the Dutch magazine, on work-family balance. (August 2012).
  • Interviewed for and quoted in PME, the French business magazine, on career paths and getting to the top. (June 2012).
  • Interviewed for and quoted in Melhor Gestão de Pessoas, a Brazilian magazine, on what causes leadership failure (June 2012).