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Erica Diehn

Assistant Professor : Management Department

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Erica Waldera Diehn joined the Opus College of Business as a management faculty member in 2011. She teaches M.B.A. and undergraduate courses in management. Prior to completing her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management, she held numerous human resources roles in the corporate sector. She has worked for three Fortune 500 companies (Microsoft, General Mills, and Eaton) in five states and three countries.

Professor Diehn’s research focuses on leadership and employee adjustment and includes focused work in leadership transitions upon promotion, managing upwards, employment transitions and expatriate learning and adjustment. She has a paper published in Personnel Psychology which included the development of a job search tool that is today in use worldwide.

Diehn relishes the opportunity to help students learn and succeed in their careers; she is passionate about leadership development and building stronger managers of people to lead organizations and communities now and in the future. Her teaching style is centered on excellence, engagement, integrating experience into the classroom and supporting ethical leadership. Each class session is focused on active learning and will combine multiple approaches for learning, including case studies, application activities, teamwork, simulations and other stimulating dialogues to compliment the more formal lecture format.

Diehn received her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, and her B.S. in business administration from Marquette University.


Academic Background

B.S., business administration, Marquette University
M.A., human resources & industrial relations, Carlson School of Management,  University of Minnesota
Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Research Specialties

  • Organizational socialization
  • Career advancement
  • Leadership development
  • Expatriate adjustment

Current Research

  • The internal socialization and transition experiences of recently promoted leaders
  • A dynamic study of global employees working abroad and crossing cultures, measuring their learning and adjustment process over time
  • How managers effectively manage their bosses
  • Mindfulness & Leadership: are mindful leaders born or made?

Major Works

  • C.R. Wanberg, Zhang, Z. and EricaW. Diehn, development of the “Getting Ready for Your Next Job” inventory for unemployed individuals, Personnel Psychology 63:2 (2010): 439-478. 

Professional Service and Affiliations

  • Academy of Management
  • Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Founding Co-Leader of the Multi-Disciplinary Academic Research Symposium, University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management