Elana Feldman

Associate Professor

Manning School of Business
(978) 934-6358
Pulichino Tong Business Center - 354

Research Interests

Time/temporality, workplace relationships and interactions, qualitative methods


  • Ph D: Management, (2015), Boston University - Boston, MA
    Supporting Area: Organizational Behavior
  • BA: Integrated Approaches to Biology, (2001), Brown University - Providence, RI


Elana Feldman, Ph.D. (@elanafeldman) is an Associate Professor of Management in the Manning School of Business. Her research examines time/temporality in organizational contexts and how people relate to one another at work. Dr. Feldman is a founder and steering committee member of the international Positive Relationships at Work (PRW) Microcommunity. She is also a Faculty Affiliate at the Center for Positive Organizations at the Ross School of Business (University of Michigan). Dr. Feldman's research has been published in journals such as Organization Science, Academy of Management Annals, Human Relations, Harvard Business Review, and MIT Sloan Management Review. Her research has been covered by Fast Company, Business Insider, and World Economic Forum (among others). Dr. Feldman holds a Ph.D. in Management from Boston University and a B.A. in Anthropology/Biology from Brown University. She currently teaches undergraduate and doctoral courses in Organizational Behavior. Prior to her academic career, Feldman worked as a consultant and market analyst in the biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry as well as in the areas of talent management and leadership.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Responsible Research in Business and Management’s Honor Roll (2022), Scholarship/Research - Responsible Research in Business and Management
  • Invited Fellow (2022) - Research Seminar on Loneliness: Jeanne & Dan Valente Center for Arts & Sciences (Bentley University)
  • Best Qualitative Paper (2021) (2022) - Group & Organization Management
  • Named Faculty Affiliate (2021) - Center for Positive Organizations at the Ross School of Business (University of Michigan)
  • Outstanding Research Award (2021) - Management Department, Manning School of Business, UMass Lowell
  • Teaching Excellence Award (2021) - Management Department, Manning School of Business, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • MIT Sloan Management Review end-of-year “New Author Spotlight” (2020)
  • Teaching Excellence Award (2019), Teaching - Management Department, Manning School of Business, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Best Student/Dissertation-based Paper Award Finalist (2018) - Academy of Management, MOC Division
  • Teaching Excellence Award (2017), Teaching - Management Department, Manning School of Business, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award (2017), Scholarship/Research - Academy of Management (MOC Division)
  • Kudos Award (2017), Teaching - UMass Lowell
  • Beta Gamma Sigma Inductee (2016) - Beta Gamma Sigma
  • Best Paper Proceedings (2015) - Academy of Management (Careers Division)
  • Best Student Paper Award Finalist (2015) - Academy of Management (Careers Division)
  • Outstanding Research by a Doctoral Student (2015) - Boston University
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award (2015) - Academy of Management (MOC Division)
  • Ph.D. Fellowship (2009) - Boston University
  • Magna Cum Laude (2001) - Brown University

Selected Publications

  • Feldman, E., Okhuysen, G. (). Going faster?: How ventures navigate accelerator programs to enable greater speed. Organization Science.
  • Schinoff, B., Rocheville, K., Feldman, E., Thomas, N. (). Ideal workers and ideal bodies: How people in chronic pain navigate work. Academy of Management Journal.
  • Heaphy, E., Lilius, J., Feldman, E. (2022). Moved to speak up: How prosocial emotions influence the employee voice process. Human Relations, 75(6) 1113-1139.
  • Feldman, E. (2022). How to interrupt someone’s workday — Without annoying them. Harvard Business Review.
  • Feldman, E., Greenway, D. (2021). It's a matter of time: The role of temporal perceptions in emotional experiences of work interruptions. Group & Organization Management, 46(1) 70-104.
  • Feldman, E., Reid, E., Mazmanian, M. (2020). Signs of our time: Time-use as dedication, performance, identity, and power in contemporary workplaces. Academy of Management Annals, 14(2) 598–626.
  • Feldman, E., Kahn, W. (Boston University) (2020). Making the most of conflicting advice from mentors. MIT Sloan Management Review.
  • Feldman, E., Mazmanian, M. (2020). Why time signals still matter when working remotely. MIT Sloan Management Review.
  • Mao, J., Feldman, E. (2019). Class matters: Interviewing across social class boundaries. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 22(2) 125-137.
  • Feldman, E., (2019). When developers disagree: Divergent advice as a potential catalyst for protégé growth. Organization Science, 30(3) 509-527.
  • Dittrich, K., Golden-Biddle, K., Feldman, E., Locke, K. (2015). Constructing contribution in Strategy as Practice research. Cambridge University Press
  • Hall, D.T., Feldman, E., (2013). Meaningful work and the protean career. APA Books
  • Feldman, E., Hall, D.T. (2013). Work and family research and practice: What if the whole person mattered? (pp. 96-101). Palgrave Macmillan
  • Kopelman, S., Feldman, E., McDaniel, D.M., Hall, D.T. (2012). Mindfully negotiating a career with a heart. Organizational Dynamics, 41(2) 163–171.
  • Jane, D.E., Karen, G., Feldman, E. (2012). The call: Why a book on positive social change and organizations now? Routledge
  • Golden-Biddle, K., Dutton, J.E., Feldman, E. (2012). The response: What does this book contribute to the understanding of positive social change and organizations? (pp. 475-492). Routledge

Selected Presentations

  • Rookie Time: Temporal Issues in Newcomer Socialization and Identity Construction - Academy of Management Meeting, August 2019 - Boston, MA
  • What were you thinking?: Developing cognitive sensibilities for inductive coding - Academy of Management Meeting, August 2019 - Boston, MA
  • When another’s distress triggers speaking up: The role of prosocial emotions in the employee voice process. Included in symposium entitled: “Uncovering new perspectives on compassion towards others and the self” - Academy of Management Meeting, August 2019 - Boston, MA
  • How do innovators learn from others? Examining help, feedback and advice in creating novelty - Academy of Management Meeting, August 2019 - Boston, MA
  • A relational perspective on employee voice: How prosocial emotions shape decisions about and outcomes of speaking up - Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS) Research Conference, June 2019 - Ann Arbor, MI
  • Pacing uncertain work: Time- and event-based triggers in a seed accelerator - Academy of Management Meeting, August 2018 - Chicago, IL
  • The social context of individual time use at work: A review and integrative framework - Academy of Management Meeting, August 2018 - Chicago, IL
  • Class matters: Interviewing across class boundaries - Qualitative Research in Management and Organization (QRM) Conference, March 2018 - Albuquerque, NM
  • Making Time for Time: Extending Theories of Temporality in and across Organizations. - Showcase Symposium, 2016 - Anaheim, CA
  • More than a feeling: How compassion drives employee voice and organizational change. - Academy of Management Meeting, August 2016 - Anaheim, CA
  • Fast times at InnoTech: Speeding up entrepreneurial work in an accelerator. - Academy of Management Meeting. , August 2016 - Anaheim, CA