Nicole Ruedy

Nicole is a post-doctoral research associate at the Center for Leadership and Strategic Thinking at the University of Washington Foster School of Business. 

Her research uses experimental methods to examine ethical decision making. She is currently focused on potential sources of unethical behavior, including contextual factors, rationalizations, and lack of awareness. In addition to unethical behavior, she also studies emotions, trust, and social comparisons. 
Prior to joining the Center for Leadership and Strategic Thinking, Nicole earned a PhD in Managerial Science and Applied Economics from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. She was a member of the decision processes group of the Operations and Information Management Department, where she focused on ethical decision making. She also received a bachelor of science degree from Wharton in Economics, and worked in economic consulting at Charles River Associates in Washington, DC.

What I am working on at CLST:
At CLST, I am working on several research projects in the area of ethical decision making. In one project, we are working with the Army Center of Excellent for the Professional Military Ethic at West Point to develop an ethical training simulation to help US Army soldiers practice and reflect on their ethical decision making. In another project, we are surveying members of the Army to help define the Army’s professional military ethic. In other projects, I am studying the relationship between ethical decision making and psychological factors such as mindfulness (or awareness), power and emotion.
What I want to accomplish:
At CLST, I hope to continue to build on my training, for instance, with methods such as multi-level modeling and field research. I am excited about the rich relationships CLST develops with different organizations and the unique opportunities that these partnerships create. I am particularly excited to collaborate with my outstanding colleagues at the CLST and in the Department of Management and Organization.