Emily Rosado-Solomon
Doctoral Candidate
Rutgers University

Related Research Interests

Emily Rosado-Solomon is a doctoral candidate at Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations. Broadly, her research examines interpersonal relationships and communication in the workplace. Within that she has three related research streams: informal employee communication, relational human resource management, and diversity.

In her dissertation, Emily explores the effects of small talk in superficial, non-task related communication. Small talk comprises up to one-third of adults’ speech, and emerging research suggests that it may have important consequences for employees by engendering positive relationships and facilitating a sense of belonging, on the one hand, while on the other hand being seen as a chore that may lead to fatigue and annoyance. Whereas small talk has been relatively understudied in the management literature, Emily’s dissertation highlights its potential to create positive connections in the workplace. 

In related stream of research, Emily takes a relational view on human resource management. Her work in this area is best illustrated by a paper in press in the Academy of Management Review (Methot, Rosado-Solomon, & Allen, in press), in which she and her coauthors develop a theoretical framework that spotlights the effects of formal human resource practices (e.g., selection, training, compensation) on employees’ informal social networks.

Emily’s work-in-progress takes a variety of perspectives on relationships in the workplace. Specifically, she has several projects in which she either conducts social network analyses or meaningfully adopts a social network perspective. Two of these projects specifically focus on the paradoxical nature of multifaceted relationships by applying the lens of relational ambivalence and coactivated positive and negative feelings toward a relational partner.