Faculty & Research

Elizabeth Welsh

Assistant Professor : Management Department

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Elizabeth Welsh teaches in the undergraduate and M.B.A. programs. Before joining St. Thomas in January 2010, she was a senior instructor in the Human Resources and Industrial Relations program at the University of Minnesota. 

Before earning her Ph.D., Welsh worked across industry and functional areas. Specifically, she was the vice president of organizational development at InstallShield Software Corp., a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co., a program manager at Microsoft and a financial analyst at First Boston. 

Given this background, she chooses research projects that either address questions that leaders need answers to, or tries to make research more relevant for those leaders. For example, she has done significant work on mentoring, a key contributor to career success, and is currently working on a project looking at how employees successfully manage their bosses.


Academic Background

B.S., Stanford University
M.B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
M.S., University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, human resources and industrial relations

Research Specialties

  • Mentoring
  • Human Resources
  • Organizational Behavior

Current Research

  • Impact of self-regulatory processes on goal setting outcomes
  • How can an employee effectively manage their boss?

Major Works

  • Welsh, E. T., D. Bhave, and K. Y. Kim, "Are you my mentor?"  Career Development International 17 (2012): 137-148.
  • Welsh, Elizabeth, D. B. Ganegoda, R. D. Arvey, J. Wiley and J.W. Budd, "Is There Fire? Executive Compensation and Employee Attitudes," Personnel Review 41 (2012): 260-282. 
  • Welsh, Elizabeth and C. R. Wanberg, "Launching the Post-College Career: A Study of Mentoring Antecedents," Journal of Vocational Behavior 74 (2009): 257-263.
  • Welsh, Elizabeth, C. R. Wanberg and J. S. Kammeyer-Mueller, "Protégé and Mentor Self-Disclosure: Levels and Outcomes Within Formal Mentoring Dyads in a Corporate Context," Journal of Vocational Behavior 70 (2007): 398-412.
  • Welsh, Elizabeth and T. Glomb, "Can Opposites Attract? Personality Heterogeneity in Supervisor-Subordinate Dyads as a Predictor of Subordinate Outcomes," Journal of Applied Psychology 90 (2005): 749-757.