Tina Opie is an Assistant Professor in the Management Division at Babson College, teaching organizational behavior courses to undergraduates and MBA students. Professor Opie obtained her Ph.D. in Management (with a concentration in organizational behavior) in May 2010 from New York University’s Stern School of Business. In 1999, she obtained her MBA from the Darden School of Business.
Professor Opie’s research focuses primarily on how organizations can create workplaces that successfully leverage individual difference and convey respect for individual contributions. Specifically, she studies the conditions that motivate peripheral members of workgroups (i.e. individuals who perceive that their input on how to do the group’s task is devalued by teammates) to engage. She also studies whether discrimination against overweight people can be reduced by abandoning a focus on appearance and adopting a focus on health. The hope is that this work will help to make a valid case for attempts to reduce obesity discrimination in organizations.
In addition to teaching, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Fred, and their two children, Kennedy and Chase. She is also an avid photographer who loves to sing and watch foreign films. Prior to her academic career Professor Opie was a banker and a management consultant.
‘Hair As Identity’ Blogger Talks Army’s Ban On Popular Black Styles
If you serve in the military, you know the drill: check your individuality at the door. But some soldiers are pushing back on the U.S. Army’s new regulations on personal grooming. African-American service women say the new regulations are biased because they ban popular hairstyles, like larger braids and twists, that work well with their hair texture.
Members of The National Association of Black Military Women want the Army to reconsider the regulations, and the Department of Defense has agreed to a full review. Still, the hair ban has raised a sensitive issue among African-American women.