Research Interest

My research lies at the intersection of cognition and workplace communication. I am particularly fascinated by tensions arising in the workplace that potentially inhibit or facilitate individuals’ or teams’ cognitive functioning within organizations. More specifically, I address the inquiries of cognition from the lens of interpersonal communication. Here, my scholarly approach toward employees’ communication challenges is twofold: a) tensions that stem from the contents of communication, such as those attempting to change the status quo; and b) tensions that are associated with the structure of interactions or communication technologies through which ideas or information are exchanged among individuals. These research interests feature prominently in my job market paper as well. Based on the analysis of objective measures of communication metadata, the paper explores the challenge of fostering employees’ work concentration in the face of needing to participate in team meetings and meet individually with supervisors and colleagues.

Journal Articles

  • Kim, Y. J., Lam, C. F.*, Oh, J.*, & Sohn, W.* Forthcoming. Employee constructive voice: An integrative review and a dyadic approach. Journal of Management

      * The three non-first authors above share second authorship; in alphabetical order

  • Martins, L. L., & Sohn, W. 2022. How does diversity affect team cognitive processes? Understanding the cognitive pathways underlying the diversity dividends in teams. Academy of Management Annals, 16(1): 1–45.

Other Publications

  • Burris, E. R., & Sohn, W. 2021. Creating a culture of voice. Behavioral Science & Policy, 7(1): 57–68.


  • Bernstein, E., Blunden, H., Brodsky, A., Sohn, W., & Waber, B. 2020. The implications of working without an office. Harvard Business Review, Big Idea Feature.

          * One of the top 10 most read Harvard Business Review articles of 2020