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N. Sharon Hill

Associate Professor of Management

  • Department: Management
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  • Office: Funger Hall, 315F • 2201 G St. NW • Washington, DC • 20052
  • B. Eng., Bath University (U.K.), 1988
  • MBA, University of Missouri, 1992
  • PhD, University of Maryland, College Park, 2008


Dr. N. Sharon Hill is an associate professor of management at The George Washington University School of Business. Her research focuses on (1) organizational change and (2) virtual work arrangements where the use of technology replaces traditional face-to-face interaction. A dominant theme in her research is the critical role that leadership at different levels of the organization plays in facilitating the success of both organizational change and virtual teamwork. Her articles have appeared in such leading outlets as Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Organization SciencePersonnel Psychology, Leadership Quarterly and Research in Personnel and Human Resource Management.

Dr. Hill teaches courses in organizational behavior, human resource management, leading teams, leading change, and virtual teamwork. Her teaching includes courses at all levels: undergraduate, M.B.A., Ph.D. seminars, and executive education.

Dr. Hill previously worked for multinational companies in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, and the United States. Her global, cross-functional business experience includes roles in information technology, six sigma quality improvement, organizational change, as well as corporate training and development.  She currently provides consulting and training to organizations in the areas of teamwork and organizational change.

Dr. Hill received her Ph.D. in Business and Management from the University of Maryland, College Park. She also holds an M.B.A. in International Business and a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering with German. Dr. Hill is a member of the academic honor societies of Beta Gamma Sigma and Alpha Kappa Phi. She is also a member of the Academy of ManagementSociety for Industrial and Organizational PsychologyAmerican Psychological AssociationInterdisciplinary Network for Group Research, and Society for Human Resource Management.

Selected Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

Hill, N. S., & Bartol, K. M. (forthcoming). Empowering leadership and effective collaboration in geographically dispersed teams. Personnel Psychology.

Hill, N. S., Kang, J., & Seo, M. (2014). The interactive effect of leader-member exchange and electronic communication on employee psychological empowerment and work outcomes. Leadership Quarterly, 25, 772-783.

Hill, N. S., Seo, M., Kang, J., & Taylor, M. S. (2012). “Building employee commitment to change across organizational levels: The influence of hierarchical distance and direct managers’ transformational leadership,” Organizational Science, 23(3), 758-777.

Seo, M., Taylor, M. S., Hill, N. S., Zhang, X. M., Tesluk, P. E., & Lorinkova, N. (2012). “The role of affect and leadership during radical organizational change,” Personnel Psychology, 65(1), 121-165.

Hill, N. S., Bartol, K. M., Tesluk, P. E., & Langa, G. A. (2009). “Organizational context and face-to-face interaction: Influences on the development of trust and cooperation in computer-mediated groups,” Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 108 (2), 187-201.

Seo, M., & Hill, N. S. (2005). “Understanding the human side of merger and acquisition: An integrative framework,” Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 41(4), 422-443.

Refereed Book Chapters

Hill, N. S. & Wouters, K. (2010). “Comparing apples and oranges: Toward a typology for assessing e-learning effectiveness” in J. Martocchio (Ed.), Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management, Vol. 29. Bingley, U.K.: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Hill, N. S. (2005). “Leading together, working together: The role of team shared leadership in building collaborative capital in virtual teams” in M. Beyerlein, S. Beyerlein, & F. Kennedy (Eds.), Collaborative Capital: Advances in Interdisciplinary Studies of Work Teams (Vol. 11, pp. 183-209). New York: Elsevier JAI.

Best Paper Conference Proceedings

Seo, M., Taylor, M.S., & Hill, N.S. (2007). “The role of affect and leadership during radical organizational change” in George T. Solomon (Ed.) Best Paper Proceedings of the Sixty-Sixth Meeting of the Academy of Management (CD), ISSN 1543-8643.


  • Ave Tucker Research Fellow, The George Washington University (2016)
  • Ave Tucker Summer Research Fellow, The George Washington University (2015)
  • Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, list of Top 30 Most-Read articles (2007-present)
  • Best Paper Award, Academy of Management, ODC Division (2007)
  • Dissertation Research Award, Academy of Management Human Resources Division/Society for Human Resource Management Foundation (2007)
  • Top 15% Teaching Award, R. H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland (2007)
  • Summer Research Award, R. H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland (2006 & 2007)
  • Frank T. Paine Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, Smith School of Business, University of Maryland (2008)
  • Promising Young Scholar Award, Ph.D. Project, Management Doctoral Student Association (2006)
  • Graduate Student Research Award, American Production and Inventory Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honor Society
  • Beta Gamma Sigma Academic Honor Society