Laura L. Beauvais is Professor of Management at the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI. She is also an adjunct faculty member of the Labor Research Center and an affiliate of the Women's Studies Program. She received her Ph.D. degree in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee in 1987. She has taught courses at the undergraduate, MBA, Executive MBA, and doctoral level in general management, organizational behavior and theory, human resources management, leadership and motivation, and workplace gender issues.
Her research, which has been published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Human Relations, Journal of Vocational Behavior, and Journal of Business and Psychology, includes the study of the management of work/professional/ family roles among employees; union and organizational commitment; self concept-based motivation; and labor-management cooperation.
From 1992-1995, she served as the College of Business Administration's first Director of their Ph.D. Program, and from 1996-1999, she served as Director of the College's Full-Time MBA Program. In 1990-1992, supported by federal and state grants totally $265,000, she was one of several researchers involved in initiating and facilitating the operation of a labor-management committee within a manufacturing company. In this capacity, she conducted research and training, and provided group facilitation to joint labor and management teams in their problem-solving efforts.
She has done numerous presentations to local, regional, and national professional societies and organizations. Specifically, she has presented her research at the national Academy of Management meetings and its regional associations, as well as the New England Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychologists. In addition, she has been an invited speaker several times at the annual Rhode Island Labor Management Conference with regard to labor-management cooperation and corporate downsizing; at Kenyon Industries with regard to conflict resolution processes; at Bryant College's Women's Summit in March, 1999 with regard to women's leadership issues; at the University of Rhode Island's Women's Leadership Conference in November, 1999, with regard to managing work and nonwork life; and at various student organizations and conferences over the past 10 years at URI. In March, 2000, she was CVS's first invited speaker in their newly developed Diversity Program, speaking about how to enhance women's leadership opportunities in business.