Dr Tamara Friedrich
Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
(Entrepreneurship & Innovation Group)

Dr. Tamara Friedrich is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Warwick Business School. She received her MS (2007) and PhD (2010) in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Oklahoma, and her BA (2005) in Psychology and Managerial Studies from Rice University. She was previously an Assistant Professor of Management in the College of Business Administration at Savannah State University where she co-founded and served as the Director of the Center for the Advancement of Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ACE Center). She has worked on a number of research grants with several funding agencies including the NIH, US Army Research Institute and the US Department of Defense. She has given invited talks on creativity and leadership to local business groups such as the Leamington Business Forum, and organisations such as Optum UK and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. She has particularly enjoyed speaking to local schools on creativity and leadership.

Her primary research interests fall into the broad categories of creativity and leadership, however much of her recent research falls into the intersection of these two areas. For instance, she has studied how organizational leaders may initiate, support, and sustain innovative efforts through hiring, performance management, and creating a climate for creativity. She has also conducted research on leadership in a collective context and how leadership is influenced by the social environment around them. Her work has appeared in several books and journals, including The Leadership Quarterly, Creativity Research Journal, and Human Resource Management Review. She is a member of the Innovation Caucus which aims to provide evidence based support to policy makers and practitioners in the UK.

Research Interests

Individual and team-level creative problem solving, climate for creativity, human resources processes that foster innovation, collective leadership, the impact of social factors on leadership behaviour, teams in ambiguous contexts