Aimee Kane, Ph.D.
Aimee Kane , Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Management
Palumbo Donahue School of Business
Contact Information
450 Rockwell Hall
Pittsburgh, PA, 15282
Phone: 412.396.6132 Fax: 412.396.4764
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Aimée A. Kane is an Assistant Professor of Management in at the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business at Duquesne University. Professor Kane develops and teaches core courses at the undergraduate level and master's level, in which she provides students with structured opportunities to make unique and valuable contributions for individual and collective learning.   Introduction to Management helps undergraduate students acquire research-based, contemporary knowledge of human behavior and organizations, apply that knowledge to analyze organizational situations, and develop interpersonal and communication skills critical to effective management. Organizational Behavior helps MBA Sustainability students learn some of the ways in which they as employees, consultants, and managers can improve employee performance and commitment - key factors underlying sustainable and effective organizations.

Her research explores the conditions under which and processes through which people, who are separated by group boundaries (e.g., newcomer vs. old-timer status, organizational divisions, and national cultures), learn from and collaborate effectively with one another.  In these situations effective teamwork involves the utilization of members' knowledge and interpersonal acceptance. Although Dr. Kane uses a combination of research methodologies, her primary tool for understanding the social psychological dynamics underlying effective teamwork in these situations is the controlled behavioral experiment. For example, with the support of the National Science Foundation Dr. Kane, Dr. Linda Argote, and Dr. John Levine developed an experimental knowledge transfer paradigm in which a member transfers from one group to another transmitting knowledge in the form of an origami production routine. Such a methodology enables researchers to examine group-level conversations and behaviors giving us a rich understanding the processes through which teams learn from each other and from their newest members.

Prior to joining Duquesne, Kane was an Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations at New York University's Stern School of Business. She also previously worked for the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence at Carnegie Mellon University as a research associate and teaching consultant. Professor Kane became interested in understanding how to create and transfer organizational and group-level knowledge when she worked as an investment banker at Goldman, Sachs and Company. She has also worked as an intern in finance, marketing and sales at the General Electric Capital Company, Philip Morris and Unilever Mexico.

She holds a Ph.D. and a M.S. in organizational behavior and theory from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University and a B.A. in Spanish, magna cum laude, and a certificate in markets and management studies from Duke University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.