Jill W. Paine is a faculty member of IE Business School and has served as a visiting scholar at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Her research lies at the intersection of organizational change, leadership, and motivation. In today’s business climate marked by constant change, Professor Paine studies how leaders motivate and galvanize followers during such times. One specific focus of her research is on how leaders can strengthen follower engagement and commitment during change initiatives using targeted, deliberate, persuasive communication. Her dissertation on this topic received the Susan G. Cohen Doctoral Research Award from the Academy of Management (Organization Development & Change Division). In addition to academic journal articles, Professor Paine has edited a book titled: Organization Change: A Comprehensive Reader (with W. Warner Burke & Dale Lake). She has also served/ is serving on the Editorial Boards of The Leadership Quarterly and the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, respectively.
Educated as a scholar-practitioner, Professor Paine’s industry experience informs both her research and teaching style. She is adamant about conducting research with practical ends and collects data from organizations experiencing change. Her teaching style draws from her consulting work and many different techniques such as case analyses, group discussions, simulations, and exercises. Recently nominated by her students for the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Business Professor of the Year, Professor Paine currently teaches in the International MBA, Ph.D., and DBA programs at IE Business School. She also teaches in the IE Brown Executive MBA program that is co-sponsored with Brown University.
Jill earned a Ph.D. and master’s degree in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, a bachelor's degree (magna cum laude) in English literature from the University of Colorado, Boulder in the U.S. and has also obtained case teaching and case writing certificates from Harvard Business School. In addition, she has worked as an internal and external organizational development consultant for firms in multiple industries including legal and financial services, pharmaceutical, technology, manufacturing, and public relations. Her clients and former employers include Pfizer, General Electric, Schroders, Omnicom Media Group, Bryan Cave, LLP, and venture-backed technology start-ups.