Carlson School of Management

Sophie Leroy


Assistant Professor
Center for HR & Labor Studies
3-289 CarlSMgmt

Sophie Leroy is an Assistant Professor in the Work and Organizations Department at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. She has a PhD in Management/Organizational Behavior from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Professor Leroy's research focuses on understanding the demands that the work context places on individuals in terms of self-regulation and how to foster better performance and more ethical behaviors. She has three specific interests.

First, she explores the effects of interruptions and task switching on people’s ability to have focused attention and reach high performance. She has introduced the concept of Attention Residue and shows that people find it difficult to stop thinking about what they were doing in the past or what they anticipate doing in the future. As a result, their ability to have focus their attention on their current work is hindered, leading to underperformance. Her research explores why such self-regulation challenges occur and identifies ways to prevent their detrimental effects on attention and performance. 

Second, many employees work on multiple teams concurrently and thus must frequently switch between them. As they transition between teams, they must also adapt their temporal behaviors (their pace, for example). Professor Leroy studies how people regulate their temporal behaviors and what facilitates individuals’ temporal adaptability and desire to synchronize with others.

Last, Professor Leroy studies how the work context influences people’s ethical decisions. More specifically, she investigates the effect of cognitive load and organizational culture on ethical behaviors.

Leroy, S. (2009). Why is it so hard to do my work? The challenge of attention residue when switching between work tasks. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. Vol. 109. pp 168-181.

Blount, S. and Leroy, S. (2007). Individual temporality in the workplace: How individuals perceive and value time at work. In Beth Rubin (Ed.), Research in the Sociology of Work (Vol. 17) - Work Place Temporalities.

Blount, S., Waller, M., and Leroy, S. (2005). Coping with temporal uncertainty: When rigid, ambitious deadlines don't make sense. In Starbuck, W. and Farjoun, M. (Eds.). Organization at the Limit (pp. 122-139). Blackwell publishing. Oxford, UK.

The challenges of daily work task transitions and their effects on attention (attention residue) and task performance.

The cognitive effects of time pressure when transitioning between tasks.

Temporal perceptions and synchrony in social interactions; effects on evaluation of performance.

Winner of the outstanding paper award - Managerial and Organizational Cognition division, Academy of Management meetings, 2008

One of six finalists for the Newman Award granted to the best paper based on a dissertation. Nominated by the Managerial and Organizational Cognition division of the Academy of Management, 2008

One of five nominees for Best Student Paper Award - Managerial and Organizational Cognition Division, Academy of Management meetings, 2006

Recipient of Nadler Fellowship and other competitively-awarded research funding, NYU/Stern School of Business, 2005

Teaching Excellence Award, NYU/Stern School of Business, 2005

Rhône-Poulenc/Rorer - Aventis (Paris, France) - Research Grant, 1996

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PhD, 2007
Organizational Behavior
New York University

MS, 1998
HEC School of Management (Paris)

MBA, 1997
Exchange Scholar
Columbia Business School

BA, 1996
Management/International Business
HEC School of Management (Paris)


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