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Wendy Murphy

  • Professor
  • Associate Dean
Academic Division: Management


Wendy Murphy is the Associate Dean of the Undergraduate School and a Professor of Management at Babson College. She teaches organizational behavior, leadership, and negotiation across undergraduate, MBA, MSEL, and executive education programs.

Currently, Murphy is Co-Director of the Leadership & Influence Program for executives, Co-Director of Biogen Women's Leadership Program, and on the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses faculty. She is a former Co-Director of the Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship (FME) program, a yearlong interdisciplinary course in which students create, develop, launch, and manage a business. In addition, she has served as the Faculty Advisor for the Mentoring Programs through the Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL). Prior to joining the faculty at Babson College, she taught at Boston College and Northern Illinois University. She earned her A.B., M.S., and Ph.D. from Boston College.

Professor Murphy's research interests are at the intersection of careers, mentoring, and gender. Her work includes a focus on developmental networks, identity, and the work-life interface. Specifically, she explores the mutual learning that occurs through nontraditional developmental relationships for the benefit of individuals and organizations. In addition, she is interested in how positive relationships across the work-life interface facilitate career success.

Murphy has published her research in several journals, including the Academy of Management Learning and Education, Career Development International, Gender in Management, Human Resource Management, Journal of Management and the Journal of Vocational Behavior among others. She is a cofounder and active contributor on the website, High Quality Connections (see Additional Links below), which disseminates work on the art and science of positive relationships. Her book with Kathy Kram, Strategic Relationships at Work: Creating your circle of mentors, sponsors, and peers for success in business and life (see Additional Links below), applies the scholarship of mentoring to help everyone become an entrepreneurial protg. In 2014, she was recognized by Poets & Quants as one of the 40 Most Outstanding B-School Profs Under 40 in the World.

Murphy has served twice as a Representative-at-Large for the Careers Division of the Academy of Management. She is also a member of the American Psychological Association, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society. Professor Murphy lives in Dover with her husband and three energetic children.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, Boston College
  • MS, Boston College
  • BA, Boston College

Academic Interest / Expertise

Mentoring; Developmental Networks; Work-Life Interface; Leadership; Negotiations

Awards & Honors

  • 2018 — Alternate, Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
  • 2017 — Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching across All Programs , Babson College
  • 2014 — Dean's Award for Faculty Scholarship , Babson College
  • 2014 — Best 40 Under 40 B-school Professors in the World, Poets & Quants
  • 2014 — Babson Research Scholar, Babson College
  • 2013 — Breakthrough Performance Award, Babson Executive Education


Journal Articles

  • Garg, N., Murphy, W.C., Singh, P. (2021). Reverse mentoring and job crafting as resources for health: A work engagement mediation model. Journal of Organizational Effectiveness. Emerald. link
  • Aytekin, I., Murphy, W.C., Mehmet, Y., Dogan, C., Ceyhan, S. (2021). Developmental networks affect academics’ career satisfaction through research productivity. International Journal of Human Resource Management. Taylor Francis. link
  • Garg, N., Murphy, W.C., Singh, P. (2021). Reverse mentoring, job crafting, and work outcomes: The mediating role of work engagement. Career Development International. Vol: 26, Issue: 2, Page: 290-308. Emerald. link
  • Cross, R.L., Edmondson, A., Murphy, W.C. (2020). A Noble Purpose Alone Won’t Transform Your Company. MIT Sloan Management Review.
  • Murphy, W. (2019). Advice for Men who are Nervous about Mentoring Women. Harvard Business Review. Harvard Business School. link
  • Murphy, W.C. (2018). Good Mentors Help You Work Through Strong Emotions. Harvard Business Review. link
  • Chanland, D.E., Murphy, W.C. (2018). Propelling Diverse Leaders to the Top: A Developmental Network Approach. Human Resource Management. Wiley. link
  • Opie, T.R., Livingston, B., Greenberg, D., Murphy, W.C., , . (2018). Building Gender Inclusivity: Disentangling the Influence of Gender Demography on Classroom Participation. Higher Education. Springer Publications. link
  • Murphy, W.C. (2016). How Women (and Men) Can Find a Role Model when None are Obvious. Harvard Business Review. link
  • Iyer, B.R., Murphy, W.C. (2016). The Benefits of Virtual Mentors. Harvard Business Review. Harvard Business Publishing. link
  • Murphy, W.C., Burton, J.P., Henagan, S.C., Briscoe, J.P. (2013). Employee Reactions to Job Insecurity in a Declining Economy: A Longitudinal Study of the Mediating Role of Job Embeddedness. Group & Organization Management. Vol: 38, Issue: 4, Page: 512-537. Sage Publications, Inc..
  • Murphy, W.C. (2012). Reverse mentoring at work: Fostering cross-generational learning and developing millennial leaders. Human Resource Management. Vol: 51, Issue: 4, Page: 549-573. John Wiley & Sons, Inc..
  • Gordon, J.R., Pruchno, R.A., Wilson-Genderson, M., Murphy, W.C., Rose, M. (2012). Balancing caregiving and work: Role conflict and role strain dynamics . Journal of Family Issues. Vol: 33, Issue: 5, Page: 662-689. Sage Publications, Inc..
  • Briscoe, J.P., Henagan, S.C., Burton , J.P., Murphy, W.C. (2012). Coping with an insecure employment environment: The differing roles of protean and boundaryless career orientations. Journal of Vocational Behavior. Vol: 80, Issue: 2, Page: 308-316. Academic Press.
  • Murphy, W.C. (2011). From e-mentoring to blended monitoring: Increasing students' developmental initiation and mentors' satisfaction. Academy of Management Learning and Education. Vol: 10, Issue: 4, Page: 606-622.
  • Murphy, W.C., Volpe, E.H. (2011). Married professional women's career exit: Integrating identity and social networks . Gender in Management: An International Journal. Vol: 26, Issue: 1, Page: 57-83.
  • Murphy, W.C., Kram, K.E. (2010). Understanding non-work relationships in developmental networks. Career Development International. Vol: 15, Issue: 7, Page: 637-663.


  • Murphy, W.C., Kram, K.E. (2014). Strategic Relationships at Work: Creating Your Circle of Mentors, Sponsors, and Peers for Success in Business and Life. Page: 272. McGraw-Hill.
  • Murphy, W.C. (2014). Individual and Relational Dynamics of Ambition in Careers. Page: 272. Scholars' Press.

Cases and Teaching Notes

  • Murphy, W.C., Kram, K.E. (2017). Building Your Developmental Network. The Case Centre & Harvard Business School Publishing. link

Book Chapters

  • de Janasz, S., Murphy, W.C., , . (2019). Real career development with Virtual Mentoring: Past, present, and future: Cambridge Handbook of Technology and Employee Behavior. Cambridge University Press. link
  • Murphy, W.C., Cotton, R. (2019). Your Success Network: Building key relationships that support your goals. Issue: 10, Page: 387-410. Adventures in Medicine.
  • Murphy, W.C., Greenberg, D. (2018). Nonprofit board membership: Benefits for Women's Career and Leadership Development: More Women on Boards of Directors: An International Perspective. Information Age Publishing.
  • Murphy, W.C., Gibson, K.R., Kram, K.E. (2017). Advancing Women through Developmental Relationships: Handbook of Research on Gender and Leadership. Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Chandler, D.E., Murphy, W.C., Kram, K.E., Higgins, M.C. (2016). Bridging formal and informal mentoring: A developmental network perspective: Mentoring in Formal and Informal Contexts. Information Age Publishing. link
  • Murphy, W.C., Chandler, D.E., Tosti-Kharas, J. (2016). Developing Millennial leaders: A careers approach: Generational Differences in Work Values and Work Ethic: An International Perspective. Nova Science Publishers.
  • Murphy, W.C., Volpe, E.H. (2015). Enacting authentic careers: An identity and social networks approach: Searching for Authenticity, Volume 2 in Research in Careers. Vol: 2, Page: Chapter 5. Information Age Publishers. link
  • Murphy, W.C., Volpe, E.H. (2015). Encore careers: Exploring career exit and rebirth: Handbook of Gendered Careers in Management. Page: Chapter 26. Edward Elgar Publishing. link


  • Murphy, W.C., Greenberg, D. (2019). Opportunities Abound, Intentionality Needed: 2019 Boston Club Census: Women Leaders in the Nonprofit Sector. The Boston Club. link
  • Greenberg, D., Murphy, . (2017). Women on Nonprofit Boards: A Qualitative Investigation: Modest Gains, Robust Benefits: The 2017 Census of Women Directors and Chief Executives of Massachusetts’ Largest Nonprofit Organizations. The Boston Club. link
  • Murphy, W.C., Iyer, B.R. (2015). Connecting at Work: Relationships that Facilitate Learning and Work Engagement. Final Grant Report submitted to SHRM Foundation. SHRM.

Conference Proceedings

  • Greenberg, D., Opie, T.R., Murphy, W.C. (2016). Creating a Warm Climate?: The Influence of Demography on Class Participation. Vol: 2016, Issue: 1, Page: 13952. Academy of Management Proceedings.


  • Taylor, S.N., Murphy, W.C. (2020). Emotional intelligence is the secret to leadership in times of crisis: Entrepreneur. link
  • Greenberg, D., Murphy, W.C. (2017). Viewpoint: Women, nonprofits can take action to change the face of Boston's boards: Boston Business Journal. Boston Business Journal. link
  • Murphy, W.M., Kram, K.E. (2017). How can Leaders foster a Developmental Culture. HRM Asia.
  • Murphy, W.C., Kram, K. (2014). How to Develop Talent through Relationships: Inside HR. link

Articles - Circular or newsletter (e.g., Babson Insight)

  • Murphy, W.C. (2018). Forget Networking: Create High Quality Connections: Babson Insights. link
  • Murphy, W.C. (2015). 7 Ways to be a Great Mentor for Women: The GlassHammer. theglasshammer.com. link
  • Murphy, W.C., Kram, K.E. (2014). Taking an Entrepreneurial Approach to Relationships: Knowing Why, Knowing Where, Knowing How, Knowing Who: Babson Entrepreneurial Educator Newsletter. Babson College.
  • Murphy, W.C., Kram, K.E. (2014). Take an Entrepreneurial Approach to Relationships: Reflect, Experiment, Learn, Educate: Babson Insight. Babson College.
  • Murphy, W.C. (2012). The new rules of mentoring : Babson Insight. Babson College.


  • Your Developmental Network: A Personal Board of Advisors Approach Murphy, W. AHRD Webinar, St. Paul, MN (2019)
  • Motherhood and Entrepreneurship Greenberg, D. Murphy, W. Volpe, E. 8th International Conference of Work and Family, Barcelona, Spain (2019)
  • Motherhood and Entrepreneurship: Intersecting identities and women’s experience with value creation Greenberg, D. Murphy, W. Volpe, E. DIANA Conference, Babson Park, MA (2019)
  • Building Your Board of Advisors Murphy, W. Financial Engines, Boston, MA (2019)
  • Forget Networking, Create High Quality Connections Murphy, W. Financial Engines, Boston, MA (2019)
  • Creating Your Personal Board of Advisors Murphy, W. WoomUP Annual Mentor Training, Santiago, Chile (2019)
  • Building Your Personal Board of Advisors Murphy, W. Dell/EMC Workshop, Hopkinton, MA (2019)
  • Everyday Negotiation Murphy, W. UMass Medical School, Shrewsbury, MA (2019)
  • Executive Education for Impact McCarthy, J. Murphy, W. Cerne, M. Shantz, A. Academy of Management Human Resources Division International Conference, Dublin, Ireland (2019)
  • Creating High Quality Connections Murphy, W. Corridor Nine Chamber of Commerce Meeting, Marlborough, MA (2018)
  • Mentoring Women Murphy, W. Future Workforce in the Energy Sector workshop, Columbia University, NY (2018)
  • Leveraging Strategic Developmental Networks for Career Advancement Murphy, W. The Boston Club, Cambridge, MA (2018)
  • Everyday Negotiation Murphy, W. Mass Health and Hospital Association annual conference, Framingham, MA (2018)
  • Generation Me or Generation We? A Critical Review and Research Agenda for Understanding Millennials’ Careers Tosti-Kharas, J. Chanland, D. Murphy, W. Dobrow, S. Academy of Management , Chicago, IL (2018)
  • New to OB? Navigating the OB Division and AOM Murphy, W. Academy of Management , Chicago, IL (2018)
  • Psychological Foundations of Positive Work Relationships Yip, J. VanRonk, S. Murphy, W. Academy of Management , Chicago, IL (2018)
  • Work that supports life and a life that works: Integrating identities of motherhood and entrepreneurship Greenberg, D. Murphy, W. Hamilton Volpe, E. Work Family Research Network Conference, Washington DC (2018)
  • Mentoring Networks: Building Relationships for Success Murphy, W. American Society of Civil Engineers , Pittsburgh, PA (2018)
  • Do elite circles have a glass ceiling?: Women’s access, entry and engagement in community elites. Greenberg, D. Murphy, W. Breaking Bias: Leadership Excellence and Gender in Organizations, Purdue University, IN (2018)
  • Building your Developmental Network & High Quality Connections Murphy, W. Annual Executive Committee Meeting, Babson College (2018)
  • Mentoring: Building Your Developmental Network Murphy, W. Paul College of Business and Economics Homecoming, Durham, NH (2017)
  • The Often Overlooked but Invaluable Benefit of Mentorship Murphy, W. Employers Association of the Northeast (EANE) Conference, Sturbridge, MA (2017)
  • Passion and pursuit: Women’s ascension to nonprofit leadership Greenberg, D. Murphy, W. Boston University Organizational Behavior Seminar Series, Boston, MA (2017)
  • Propelling Women's Careers through Developmental Networks Murphy, W. NSF Women Geotechnical Faculty Annual Conference, Washington D.C. (2017)
  • Strategic Relationships at Work Murphy, W. Texas Library Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX (2017)
  • Propelling Women's Careers: A Developmental Network Approach Murphy, W. 4th Annual Women in Leadership Conference, Pensacola, FL (2017)
  • Developmental Networks: Learning from Mentors, Coaches, & Peers Murphy, W. 9th Annual Mentoring Conference, Albuquerque, NM (2016)
  • Creating Your Informal Mentoring Network Murphy, W. Guest Speaker, Cambridge, MA (2016)
  • Identity Construction in NonProfit Contexts Murphy, W. Greenberg, D. Academy of Management, Annaheim, CA (2016)
  • Imagining Your Developmental Network Murphy, W. Academy of Management, Annaheim, CA (2016)
  • Creating a warm climate? The influence of demography on voice in the classroom Greenberg, D. Opie, T. Murphy, W. Academy of Management Meeting, Anaheim, CA (2016)
  • Virtual Learning and Relationships Murphy, W. Sarma, S. McKinsey Values Day, Cambridge, MA (2016)
  • Propelling Your Career: Building your Developmental Network Murphy, W. Guest Speaker, Cambridge, MA (2016)
  • Bridging formal and informal mentoring: A developmental network perspective Chandler, D. Murphy, W. Adult Higher Education Alliance Annual Conference, Orlando, FL (2016)
  • Creating your Circle of Mentors, Sponsors, and Peers Murphy, W. Healthcare Businesswomen Association, Cambridge, MA (2016)
  • Propelling Diverse Leaders to the Top: A Developmental Network Approach Murphy, W. Chandler, D. International Business School Faculty Seminar, Brandeis University (2016)
  • Your Intentional Network Murphy, W. Advancing Women Executives quarterly meeting, Providence, RI (2015)
  • Creating Your Circle Murphy, W. Boston Club quarterly meeting, Boston, MA (2015)
  • Student Developmental Networks Murphy, W. UMass Center for Evidence-based Mentoring mini-conference, UMass Boston (2015)
  • Developmental Networks: What Relationships Do Murphy, W. Academy of Management, Vancouver, Canada (2015)
  • Strategic Relationships at Work and Beyond Murphy, W. Wellesley Chamber of Commerce, annual meeting, Wellesley, MA (2015)
  • Creating your Circle of Mentors, Sponsors, and Peers Murphy, W. Black Affinity Conference, Wellesley, MA (2015)
  • Developmental Relationships and the Transition to Work Murphy, W. Strengthening Links between Formal and Informal Youth Mentoring,, Boston, MA (2014)
  • Career Transitions Murphy, W. Wellesley College Alumni, Boston, MA (2014)
  • Mompreneurs: Work-life integration in a boundaryless world Greenberg, D. Murphy, W. Volpe, E. Academy of Management 2014 Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA (2014)
  • The intersection of faculty and student race and gender on class participation evaluation Greenberg, D. Opie, T. Murphy, W. Academy of Management 2014 Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA (2014)
  • The Power of Words in our Business School Curriculum: Who gets seen and heard? Greenberg, D. Dobrow, S. Murphy, W. Opie, T. Ely, R. Academy of Management 2014 Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA (2014)
  • Murphy, W. Positive Relationships at Work Micro-Conference at the 2014 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA (2014)
  • Strategic Relationships at Work: A Developmental Network Map Exercise for teachers and students Murphy, W. Kram, K. Teaching & Learning Conference within the Academy of Management 2014 Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA (2014)
  • Why all of us—teachers & students—need Strategic Relationships at Work and Beyond: A Developmental Network Exercise Murphy, W. Kram, K. Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference 2014, Nashville, TN (2014)
  • Mompreneurs: Identity and Career When Working Without Boundaries Greenberg, D. Murphy, W. Work and Family Researchers Network Conference: Changing Work and Family Relationships in a Global Economy, New York, NY (2014)
  • The Flipped Case: Using the Flipped Classroom Method to Expand Case Pedagogy Greenberg, D. Murphy, W. Iyer, B. Teaching and Learning Conference, Lake Buena Vista, FL (2013)
  • GVV in Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship Hunt, J. Greenberg, D. Murphy, W. Schlesinger, P. Giving Voice to Values Faculty Convening, Wellesley, MA (2013)
  • Murphy, W. Reverse Mentoring: A strategic approach to knowledge sharing, University of Kentucky Institute for Workplace Innovation, Louisville, KY (2012)
  • Murphy, W. Mentoring in the Information Age for Career-Life Success, Boston College Center for Work-Family, Boston, MA (2012)
  • The yin and yang of mentoring: Exploring the continuum of mentoring relationships and experiences Murphy, W. Dobrow, S. Chandler, D. , Academy of Management, San Antonio, TX (2011)
  • Cross Cultural mentoring: Towards conceptual clarity and understanding of international Murphy, W. Chandler, D. 2010 Meeting of the Academy of Management, Montreal, Canada (2010)
  • From e-mentoring to blended monitoring: Increasing students' developmental initiation and mentors' satisfaction Murphy, W. 2010 Meeting of the Academy of Management, Montreal, Canada (2010)
  • E-mentoring in the classroom: Enhancing career planning and developmental initiation Murphy, W. Johnson, S. 2010 Meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Atlanta, GA (2010)
  • Linking personality and career outcomes through the boundaryless mindset: A mediated relationship Murphy, W. Briscoe , J. 2009 Academy of Management, Chicago, IL (2009)
  • Mentoring frontiers: forging new connections to emotions, networks, and institutional logics Murphy, W. Obadaru, O. Halgin, D. Exploring multiplexity in careers , Chicago, IL (2009)
  • From mentoring to developmental networks: The new, old, and perennial questions we ask Murphy, W. Chandler , D. 2008 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management , (2008)
  • OB in the "real world:" Multiple approaches for integrating current events into your classroom Murphy, W. Volpe, E. Dufrense , R. 2008 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management , Boston, MA (2008)
  • Understanding developmental networks: What patterns of support matter for career success? Murphy, W. Kram , K. 2008 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management , Anaheim, CA (2008)

Additional Links

Professional Services

  • Task Force Member MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (2017 - 2018)
  • Committee Chair Academy of Management/ Careers Division (2018)

Department & College Wide Services

  • Undergraduate Academic Policy Committee (Fall 2015 - Spring 2018)
  • Co-Director, FME Faculty (Spring 2015 - Spring 2018)
  • Undergraduate Dean Search Committee (Summer 2015 - Spring 2016)
  • Faculty Search Committee (Summer 2014 - Spring 2015)