Research Study on the Organizational Climate of Congress

Departments of Psychology and Government & Politics, University of Maryland, College Park

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Conference on the Organizational Climate of Congress

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October 24-25, 2019
Prince George's Room, Room 1210, 
Adele H. Stamp Student Union
University of Maryland, College Park campus

Thursday, October 24, 2019



Prince George's Room, Room 1210, 
Adele H. Stamp Student Union


2:00 – 2:15pm

Welcome and opening remarks, Greg Ball, Dean of UMD's College of Behavioral and Social Sciences


Panel I: Is Congress a Dysfunctional Workplace? The Inside Perspective

Panel of former Members of Congress:

  • Charles Boustany (Former U.S. Representative from Louisiana)
  • Donna Edwards (Former U.S. Representative from Maryland)
  • Elizabeth Esty (Former U.S. Representative from Connecticut)
  • Connie Morella (Former U.S. Representative from Maryland)

Moderator: David Barker, American University, Dept. of Government and Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies


Coffee Break

4:00pm – 5:30pm

Panel II: What is a dysfunctional workplace?

  • Jim Curry (Univ. of Utah, Dept. of Political Science)
  • Michele Gelfand (UMD, Dept. of Psychology)
  • Rick Guzzo (Mercer Consulting)
  • Danielle Thomsen (UC-Irvine, Dept. of Political Science)

Moderator: Subra Tangirala, University of Maryland, Business School
Discussant: Marcus Dickson, Wayne State University, Dept. of Psychology


Friday, October 25, 2019



Prince George's Room, Room 1210, Adele H. Stamp Student Union, UMD campus


Panel III: UMD Report on Congressional Culture

  • Paul Hanges (UMD)
  • Frances Lee (Princeton)
  • Kris Miler (UMD)
  • Jen Wessel (UMD)

Moderator: David Karol, Univ. of Maryland, Dept. of Government and Politics
Discussant: Matt Green, Catholic University, Dept. of Political Science



Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30pm

Panel IV: How work identity affects and reflects our work behaviors

  • Laurel Harbridge-Yong (Northwestern, Dept. of Political Science)
  • Michael Pratt (Boston College, Carroll School of Management)
  • Tracy Sulkin (Univ. of Illinois, Dept. of Political Science)
  • Jen Wessel (UMD, Dept. of Psychology)

Moderator: Lily Mason, Univ. of Maryland, Dept. of Government and Politics
Discussant: Katina Sawyer, George Washington University, Business




Panel V: How do you create a positive workplace climate in Congress?

  • Keith Allred (Executive Director, National Institute for Civil Discourse)
  • Casey Burgat (R Street)
  • Kathy Goldschmidt (Director of Strategic Initiatives, Congressional Management Foundation)
  • Mandy O’Neill (George Mason University, School of Business)
  • Colleen Shogan (Library of Congress & Georgetown University)

Moderator: Rellie Derfler-Rozin, Univ. of Maryland, Business School