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Lacerenza, Christina Noelle

Assistant Professor



research overview

  • Dr. Christina N. Lacerenza is an assistant professor in the Organizational Leadership and Information Analytics division at the Leeds School of Business at University of Colorado Boulder. With her work, she aims to improve organizational leadership, with an emphasis on increasing positive leadership practices, mitigating power abuse, and understanding the team within which the leader is embedded. To accomplish this goal, Dr. Lacerenza examines the growth and development of leaders and right-hand partners, as well as the intricacies at play within the teams that managers lead. She conducts both quantitative and qualitative work, aligning the methodology used with the focus of the research question(s). Her research has been published in Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and other high-quality outlets. At Leeds, Dr. Lacerenza teaches Foundations of Teamwork and Collaboration in the full-time MBA program, Organizational Development and Leadership to undergraduates in business and engineering, and Organizational Theory in the doctoral program. Prior to joining Leeds, Lacerenza earned her PhD from Rice University. Prior to her academic career, she worked in talent management at Amazon and for the Orlando Magic NBA Team.


  • teamwork, leadership, diversity, training


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courses taught

  • MBAC 6001 - Foundations of Teamwork
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2019 / Summer 2020 / Summer 2021 / Summer 2022 / Summer 2023
    Focuses on teamwork effectiveness and collaboration. Students will understand what affects team outcomes, how to maximize a team's effectiveness and how to create a company environment that fosters collaboration and teamwork as they develop their own teamwork skills while learning to develop the skills of their employees' and colleagues'.
  • ORGN 1001 - Women in Leadership
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Everyone can benefit from taking the time to reflect upon and grow their leadership ability. The purpose of this experience is to ground students in a community of similarly minded, high caliber individuals, to equip them with leadership insights and best practices, and to encourage them to achieve their greatest leadership goals. This will be accomplished by careful discussion, readings, and perhaps, most importantly, exposure to key chief executive officers and other very highly accomplished leaders. Although we discuss the unique aspect of being a woman in business, men are welcomed to share in the leadership experience. Formerly MGMT 1001.
  • ORGN 4040 - Individual, Team, and Organizational Development
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2023
    Explores how to determine where an organization needs to focus its development efforts, how to develop and deliver an effective training program, and how to evaluate the impact of development programs on organizational effectiveness. Explores individual, team, and organization-wide development, including such topics as skills training, team building, and managing change. Formerly MGMT 4040.
  • ORMG 7320 - Doctoral Seminar: Macro Aspects of Entrepreneurship
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2023
    Critically investigates major issues in organization theory and provides students with experience in comprehensively surveying literature in subject areas such as organization design, power, culture, innovation, technology, environment, size, and strategy. Instructor consent required.


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