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Margaret Williams

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Professor of Management
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Management and Information Systems

Professor Margaret Williams served as Chair of the Management and Information Systems Department at Wayne State University from January 2010 until her appointment as interim dean on August 18, 2011. She served as interim dean until July 21, 2014.  She came to Wayne State after 12 years on the faculty of the School of Business at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) where she served as director of the assurance of learning program critical for AACSB accreditation. She also served as director of the leadership development program for faculty and staff within the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute at VCU. 

After receiving an M.S. in psychology from Purdue University and her MBA and Ph.D. from Indiana University, she served on the faculty of Purdue University in the Psychology Department and the School of Management where she taught in a top-ranked MBA program.  During a 1-year appointment at the University of Tennessee, Dr. Williams was involved in the development of a part-time, executive MBA program.

Her research on employee compensation, leadership, employee perceptions of fairness in the workplace, and work-life issues appears in many of the top management journals.  She has served on several editorial review boards for academic and practitioner journals and held leadership positions in academic organizations: currently the executive committee of the Research Methods Division of the Academy of Management and Past President of the Southern Management Association.

Margaretís teaching has spanned the undergraduate, MBA, and doctoral levels where she has taught organizational behavior, human resources, and research methods. She has consulted with a variety of public and private organizations. Prior to entering academia she held management and human resource positions in a human service agency serving developmentally disabled young people.

Degrees and Certifications

Ph.D., Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management, Indiana University

Research Interests

Employee compensation
Employee perceptions of fairness in the workplace
Work-Life issues

Teaching Interests

Organizational behavior
Human resources
Research methods