Aman Kabra

Ph.D. candidate in Organizational Behavior.

Good to meet you. I’m Aman.

My primary research interests are centered around teams in organizations. I study the process mechanisms driving the emergence phenomenon in teams and their impact on team outcomes such as performance and resilience. I rely on advanced analytical techniques including complexity theory (chaos is the new sexy) and computational modeling to investigate the complexities of team systems. Simply put, my job is to use “weird” mathematical and computational models to figure out how to form phenomenal teams in organizations. Teams that deliver.

I’m a doctoral candidate at the Management and Organization — Smeal College of Business at Penn State University, working with world-renowned names in management research. I work primarily with Stephen E. Humphrey. Also on my committee are Margaret Luciano and Russell R. Barton.

I’m currently involved in a multi-million dollar grant by the U.S. Military to optimize military team performance at scale. I’m also the recipient of the Department of Management and Organization Excellence Fund at Penn State. My work has been featured in elite outlets, including Forbes India, HMPI, The Rockefeller Foundation, Mint, Times of India, and ISB’s official blog.

Disciplines: management & organizations, teams, collectives, complex systems, communication

Methods: simulations, network science, agent-based modeling, optimization, data science, machine learning

Personal interests: experimental meditator, sub-zero temperature wanderer, unorthodox vegetarian, and entrepreneurial conversationalist.

History: Prior to joining Penn State, I worked at the Indian School of Business (ISB) as a quantitative researcher, founded a profitable ed-tech venture (Pebble Sierra), and served as a Global Campaign Manager at InMobi. I graduated from BITS Pilani in 2017 with a B.E. (Hons) in Manufacturing Engineering.