Assistant Professor Ella Miron-Spektor

Behavioral Science and Management

The Laboratory of Behavioral Research


Ella Miron-Spektor is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Psychology at the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management, Technion—Israel Institute of Technology. She received her Ph.D. from the Technion, and held a post-doctoral position at Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon UniversityPrior to her arrival to the Technion she was a faculty member at the Psychology Department in Bar-Ilan University. Her research interests include: creativity and innovation, organizational and team learning, paradoxes, and emotions. Her work has been published in leading journals, such as the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organization Science, Harvard Business Review, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Journal of Organizational Behavior. She is currently serving as the academic head of the Entrepreneurship Minor at the Technion, and as a member of the editorial boards of Organization Science and Journal of Organizational Behavior. Ella received grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and from the European Commission (Marie Curie) to study processes that foster team learning and innovation. Her 2011 paper titled “The effect of conformists and attentive-to-detail members on team innovation: Reconciling the innovation paradox” (with Erez & Naveh) received the 2011 best paper award of the Innovation Management competition in EBS Business School. In addition she has won many teaching, best reviewer and best paper awards. 

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Selected Publications

Leung, A., Liou, S. Miron-Spektor, E., Koh, B., Chan, D., Eisenberg*, R., Schneider, I. (In press). Middle ground approach to paradox: Within- and between-culture examination of the creative benefits of paradoxical frames. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Miron-Spektor, E., Ingram, A., Keller, J., Smith, W., & Lewis, M.W. (In press). Microfoundations of organizational paradox: The problem is how we think about the problem. Academy of Management Journal.

 Paletz, S.B.F., Summer*, A., & Miron-Spektor, E., (In press). Psychological factors surrounding disagreement in multicultural design team meetings. Co-Design.

Reagans R., Miron-Spektor, E, & Argote, L. (2016). Knowledge utilization, coordination, and team performance. Organization Science. 27 (5), 1108-1124.

Miron-Spektor, E., Paletz, S.B.F., & Lin, C-C. (2015). To create without losing face: The effects of face cultural logic and social-image affirmation on creativity. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 36 (7), 919-943.

Miron-Spektor, E., & Beenen, G. (2015). Motivating Creativity: The effects of sequential and simultaneous learning and performance achievement goals on product novelty and usefulness. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 127, 53–65.

Paletz, S.B., Miron-Spektor, E., & Lin, C. (2014).  A cultural lens on interpersonal conflict and creativity in multicultural environments. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 8 (2), 237–252.

Miron-Spektor, E., Erez, M., & Naveh, E. (2012). To derive creativity add some conformity. Harvard Business Review, March 2012.

Miron-Spektor, E., Gino, F., & Argote, L. (2011). Paradoxical frames and creative sparks: Enhancing individual creativity through conflict and integration. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 216 (2), 229–240.  

Miron-Spektor, E., Efrat-Treister, D., Rafaeli, A., & Schwartz-Cohen, O. (2011). Others’ anger makes people work harder not smarter: The effect of observing anger and sarcasm on complex thinking. Journal of Applied Psychology, 96 (5), 1065–1075.

Miron-Spektor, E., Erez, M., & Naveh, E. (2011). The effect of conformists and attentive-to-detail members on team innovation: Reconciling the innovation paradox. Academy of Management Journal, 54 (4),740–760. (Best Paper Award for Innovation Management papers, EBS Business School, 2011)

Argote, L., & Miron-Spektor, E. (2011). Organizational learning: From experience to knowledge. Organization Science, 22 (5), 1023–1034.

Gino, F., Argote, L., Miron-Spektor, E., & Todorova G. (2010). First get your feet wet: The effects of learning from direct and indirect experience on team creativity. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 111 (2), 93–101.

Miron-Spektor, E., & Rafaeli, A. (2009). The effects of anger in the workplace: When, where and why observing anger enhances or hinders performance. Research in Personnel and Human Resource Management, 28, 153–178.

Miron, E., Erez, M., & Naveh, E. (2004). Do personal characteristics and cultural values that promote innovation, quality, and efficiency compete or complement each other? Journal of Organizational Behavior, 25, 175–199.

Refereed Book Chapters

Miron-Spektor, E., & Paletz, S., (in press). Collective Paradoxical Frames: Managing tensions in learning and innovation. To be in Argote, L., & Levine, J. (Eds), Handbook of Group and Organizational Learning. Oxford University Press.

Miron-Spektor, E., & Erez, M. (in press). Looking at creativity through a paradox lens: Deeper understanding and new insights. To be in Lewis, M.W., Smith, W.K., Jarzabkowski, P. & Langley, A.  Handbook of Organizational Paradox: Approaches to Plurality, Tensions and Contradictions. Oxford University Press.

Eliav, E., Miron-Spektor, E., Bear, J. (In press). Humor and creativity. To be in Robert, C. (Ed.). Humor in the Workplace: A psychological perspective. Psychology Press.

Paletz, S. B. F., Pavisic, I., Miron-Spektor, E., & Lin, C.-C. (In press). Diversity in creative teams: Reaching across cultures and disciplines. To be in L. Y.-Y. Kwan, S. Liou, & A. K.-Y. Leung (Eds.), Handbook of culture and creativity: Basic processes and applied innovations. Oxford University Press. 

Paletz, S.B.F., Bogue, K., Miron-Spektor, E., & Spencer-Rodgers, J. (in press). Dialectical thinking and creativity from many perspectives: Contradiction and tension. To be in J. Spencer-Rodgers & K. Peng (Eds.), Psychological and Cultural Foundations of Dialectical Thinking. Oxford University Press. 

Argote, L. & Miron-Spektor, E. (2009). Personnel turnover. Encyclopedia of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. Sage Publications. 

Gino, F., Todorova, G., Miron-Spektor, E. & Argote, L. (2009). When and why prior task experience foster team creativity. In Research on Managing Groups and Teams: Creativity in Groups(pp. 87–110). Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

 Refereed Papers in Conference Proceedings

Eliav, E., & Miron-Spektor, E. (2015). The recovery effect: The creative potential of frequent interruptions. Academy of Management Proceedings.10.5465/AMBPP.2015.229. (Finalist, Best Student Paper Awards of the Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) Division

Miron-Spektor, E., Paletz, S.B., & Lin, C. (2014).  Abide, push back or challenge?  The effect of face loss on creativity in face, dignity and honor cultures. Academy of Management Proceedings. 10.5465/AMBPP.2014.208.

Miron-Spektor, E., & Beenen, G. (2012). Both new and useful: How sequential and synchronous goal orientations affect individual creativity, Academy of Management Proceedings. 10.5465/AMBPP.2012.219.

Miron-Spektor, E, Gino, F., & Argote, L. (2008). The effect of paradoxical cognition on individual and team innovation.  Academy of Management Proceedings, 2008, p1-6 (AN 33718126).

Miron-Spektor, E., Erez, M., & Naveh, E. (2007). Balancing innovation attention-to-detail and outcome-orientation to enhance innovative performance. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2007, p1-7 (AN 26508076). (Finalist, Best Student Paper Awards of the Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) Division

Sivan, T., Miron-Spektor, E., Fiegenbaum, A., Erez, M., & De Haan, U. (2006). The impact of entrepreneurial team characteristics on opportunity expected economic value: The mediating role of competitive knowledge. Papers and Proceedings of the Babson Kauffman Entrepreneurship Research Conference. 


Research in creativity and entrepreneurship

Organizational behavior

Managing teams in organizations

Advanced seminar in psychology

Motivation and productivity at work

Organizational learnng and innovation

Introduction to social psychology 

Seminar in creativity and innovation 

Advanced social research

 Lectures and workshops in organizations and other media 

Harvard Business Review: Why conformists are a key to successful innovation?

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Conformists boost creativity.

Forbs India: The benefits of enhancing conflict and integration:

CBS news: Sarcasm : A new path to creativity? (no, really) :

NBC news: Watching Jon Stewart might make you more creative:

Challenging our assumptions in paradox research:

In Hebrew

A paradoxical approch to innovation management. Conference for Human Resource Managers, The Interdiciplinary Center, Herzelia, Israel.

Lecture on Team Innovation for managers:


Creativity and Innovation Organizational paradoxes Organizational and team learning Emotions

My research examines factors and conditions that promote creativity, learning and entrepreneurial success. In programmatic research, I develop theory and tools for examining new psychological mechanisms and strategies that enable individuals and teams to leverage conflicting demands to improve creativity and innovation. I also examine structures and processes that promote team learning and entrepreneurial success, and I explore cultural influences on creativity.


The Laboratory of Behavioral Research


  Completed PhD theses

Tal Mishan, 2015, When work becomes play and play becomes work: When and why play enhances creativity? With Ronit Kark.

       Completed MSc theses

Michal Mordehai, 2011. Learning and performance goal orientations and individual creativity:  Sequential vs. synchronous approach.

Adi Yahav, 2011. Examination of dialectical inquiry and paradoxical thinking as methods for increasing team innovation.

Oren Ginat, 2012. The effect of empathy and psychological proximity, on the relationship between anger and creativity.

Roni Gorsky, 2012. Learning to lead: Learning orientation and leadership self-efficacy as affecting the relationship between direct and indirect experience and developing leadership outcomes. With Ronit Kark.

Anat Kaplun, 2012. Leadership and learning: The influence of individual learning strategies on creativity, initiative and leadership in a leadership development process. With Ronit Kark

Sivan Haron-Yehuda, 2013. How does envy affect the intention to share and use knowledge? The moderating role of type of envy and self-affirmation.

Roni Eisenberg, 2014. Paradoxical frames: When and why recognizing and embracing contradictions fuel creativity.

Emuna Eliav, 2014. The creative potential of frequent interruptions.

Danilea Soibelman, 2015. Am I original? Don't be misled! The judgment underlying originality evaluations. With Rakefet Ackerman.

Ortal Ashkenazi, 2015. The effect of locus of control and creative self-efficacy on innovation: The moderating role of embracing paradox. With Dana Vashdi.

Roni Goren, 2015. A reappraisal of reappraisal: The effect of emotion regulation strategy and observed anger intensity on creativity.

Hadas Yaniv, 2016. Learning from creative experience:  The effect of procedural justice and learning orientation on creativity. With Dana Vashdi

Yael Zeidberg, 2016. When team self-promotion goes wrong: The role of trust in explaining entrepreneurial team success. With Miriam Erez.

Moran Lazar, 2017. The effect of knowledge utilization and coordination on team performance: The mediating role of credibility and helping behavior.  

PhD theses in progress

Emuna Eliav, 2015-2018. Taking women seriously: The effect of humor expression and gender on perceived warmth, competence and performance. With Bear Julia.

Marnina Hoffman, 2016-2019. Dynamic constraints and creativity. With Gabi Goldschmidt

Moran Lazar, 2017-2020. Emotional attachment to new ideas and Entrepreneurial team learning.

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