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Dr. Yemiscigil's research is motivated to empower leaders to cultivate a sense of well-being and flourishing in their personal lives, organizations, and the broader society. She approaches well-being as more than pleasure and good feelings, and specializes in social capacities for finding meaning and purpose at work and in life.


Her first line of research focuses on inequalities in work-related well-being and informs humanistic management pratices, for example, by showing how female employees' well-being has been undermined by their relative household burden during Covid-19, and that individuals with lower socio-economic status find less purpose and satisfaction at work and benefit from retirement.


Her second line of research focuses on social and behavioral support factors that can unlock leaders' capacities for cultivating well-being, showing how reflecting on one's authentic self and purpose can boost personal well-being and improve motivations for purposeful work. She studies senior or mid-career leaders, as well as younger generations, informing humanistic leadership development and business education practices. 


* indicates shared first authorship, listed in alphabetical order.

Yemiscigil, A., Born, D., Ling, H. (2023). What Makes Leadership Development Programs Succeed? Harvard Business Review. [link to the article]

Yemiscigil, A.*, Born, D.*, H., Snook, S. A., & Pate, E. (2022). Authentic Leader(ship) Development and Leaders' Psychological Well-being: An Outcome-Wide Analysis. Leadership and Organization Development Journal.  Vol. 43 No. 8, pp. 1287-130. [link to the article]


 Yemiscigil, A.*, Born, D.*, H., Snook, S. A., & Pate, E. (2022). Authentic Leader(ship) Development and Psychological Well-being: An Outcome-Wide Analysis. In Academy of Management Proceedings Vol. 2022, No. 1, p. 14572). Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510: Academy of Management. Best Paper Award. [link to the article]

Yemiscigil, A., Whillans, A., Powdthavee, N. (2021). The Effects of Retirement on Sense of Purpose in Life: Crisis or Opportunity? Psychological Science. [link to the article]

Giurge, L.*; Whillans, A.*, Yemiscigil, A.* (2021). A Multicountry Perspective on Gender Differences in Time Use During COVID-19. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [link to the article]

Yemiscigil, A., Vlaev, I. (2021). The Bidirectional Relationship Between Sense of Purpose in Life and Physical Activity: A Longitudinal Study. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. [link to the article]

Hampson, H., Hinton, C., Yemiscigil, A., Beverley, M., Beale, J. and Hill, B.  (2022). Research-based activities to promote student flourishing. Impact. [link to the article]

Whillans, A., Giurge, L., Macchia, L., Yemiscigil, A. (2020). Why a Covid-19 World Feels Both Tiring and Hopeful for College Students. Harvard Business Review. [link to the article]

Yemiscigil, A. (2019). Purpose: A New Paradigm with Implications for Policy, Business, and Individual Lives. Global Relations Forum[link to the article]

Yemiscigil, A., Stern, N. (2015). Well-being: What Role Can Public Policy Play? The British Academy Debates, UK. 

Yemiscigil, A., Dolan, P. (2015). What is Happiness? How is it Measured? Conceptual and Methodological Approaches in Economics of Happiness. In: D.Dumludag, E. Ruben (Ed.), Behavioral Approaches in Economics (pp. 163-177). Istanbul. [link to the book]

Working Papers 

Yemiscigil, A., Born, D. The Pscyhological Value of Leadership Development: Longitudinal Quasi-Experimental Evidence. Working Paper.

Yemiscigil, A., Lee M., Yilmaz, M. S. Supporting the Integrated Processes of Youth Purpose and Service-Oriented Career Development: A Mixed-Methods Study on The Role of School, Parents, and Peers. Working Paper.

Yemiscigil, A., Powdthavee, N., & Whillans, A. (2022). Economic Volatility Moderates the Relationship Between Social Impact at Work and Job Satisfaction. Academy of Management Proceedings (Vol. 2022, No. 1, p. 13510). Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510: Academy of Management.

[link to the abstract

Grimani, A., Aldrovandi, S., Vlaev, I., Wang, Q, Yemiscigil, A. (2021). How Do Emotions Respond to Outcome Values and Influence Choice? Journal of Economic Behavior and OrganizationSubmitted. (SSRN Top Ten List)

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