Dr. J.N. (Julija) Mell

Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Member ERIM
Field: Organisation
Affiliated since 2011

Julija Mell is an Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour in the Department of Organisation and Personnel Management of Rotterdam School of Management. She is the Academic Director of the Cologne-Rotterdam Executive MBA. She obtained her PhD in Organizational Behavior in 2015 at Erasmus University Rotterdam and her Diploma in Psychology in 2010 at the Humboldt University Berlin, Germany.

Her research focuses on collaboration across boundaries – for example, bridging cognitive boundaries within diverse teams, bridging geographical and cultural boundaries within globally dispersed teams, and bridging structural boundaries within complex social systems and networks. Her work has been published in leading academic journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Journal of Management Studies. Her research has been recognized by several awards, including the ERIM Outstanding Performance by a Young Researcher Award (2021), the ERIM Top Article Award (2021), the Academy of Management’s Managerial and Organizational Cognition Divison’s Best Paper Award (2021), and INGroup’s Best Conference Paper Award (2019).
Julija teaches on topics surrounding Organizational Behavior, Teams, Leadership, and Social Networks in RSM’s Bachelor, Master, Full-time MBA, Executive MBA, and Executive Education programs.


  • Academic (9)
    • Mell, J. N., van Knippenberg, D., van Ginkel, W. P., & Heugens, P. P. M. A. R. (2022). From Boundary Spanning to Intergroup Knowledge Integration: The Role of Boundary Spanners’ Metaknowledge and Proactivity. Journal of Management Studies, 59(7), 1723-1755. https://doi.org/10.1111/joms.12797

    • Mell, J. N., Quintane, E., Hirst, G., & Carnegie, A. (2021). Protecting Their Turf: When and Why Supervisors Undermine Employee Boundary Spanning. Journal of Applied Psychology, 107(6), 1009-1019. https://doi.org/10.1037/apl0000960

    • Mell, J. N., Jang, S., & Chai, S. (2021). Bridging temporal divides: Temporal brokerage in global teams and its impact on individual performance. Organization Science, 32(3), 731-751. https://doi.org/10.1287/orsc.2020.1406, https://doi.org/10.1287/orsc.2020.1406

    • Mell, J., DeChurch, L., Leenders, R., & Contractor, N. (2020). Identity Asymmetries: An Experimental Investigation of Social Identity and Information Exchange in Multiteam Systems. Academy of Management Journal, 63(5), 1561-1590. https://doi.org/10.5465/amj.2018.0325

    • van Knippenberg, D., & Mell, J. (2016). Past, present, and potential future of team diversity reearch: From compositional diversity to emergent diversity. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 136, 135-145. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.obhdp.2016.05.007

    • Koellinger, PD., Mell, J., Pohl, I., Roessler, C., & Treffers, T. (2015). Self-employed But Looking: A Labour Market Experiment. Economica, 82(325), 137-161. https://doi.org/10.1111/ecca.12115

    • Ziegler, M., Poropat, A., & Mell, J. (2014). Does the length of a questionnaire matter? Expected and unexpected answers from generalizability theory. Journal of Individual Differences, 35(4), 250-261. https://doi.org/10.1027/1614-0001/a000147

    • Mell, J., van Knippenberg, D., & van Ginkel, W. (2013). The Catalyst Effect: The Impact of Transactive Memory System Structure on Team Performance. Academy of Management Journal, 57(4), 1154-1173. https://doi.org/10.5465/amj.2012.0589

    • Schoeder, T., Rogers, K. B., Ike, S., Mell, J., & Scholl, W. (2013). Affective Meanings of Stereotyped Social Groups in Cross-Cultural Comparison. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 16(6), 717-733. https://doi.org/10.1177/1368430213491788

  • Professional (1)
    • Mell, J., van Knippenberg, D., & Ginkel, W. (2014). The catalyst effect: how meta-knowledge can improve team performance. RSM Discovery - Management Knowledge, 20(4), 18-19. http://hdl.handle.net/1765/77376

  • Internal (1)
    • Mell, J. (2015). Connecting Minds: On the Role of Metaknowledge in Knowledge Coordination. [Doctoral Thesis, Erasmus University Rotterdam]. Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR).

  • Academic (1)
    • Incerti, V., Mell, J., Jang, S., Mortensen, M., & Yücesan, E. (2020). Who benefits from multiple team membership? An investigation of how the structure of MTM shapes team- and system-level performance.

  • Role: Co-promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Rowan Moelijker
  • Time frame: 2021 -
  • Role: Co-promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Claudia Heese
  • Time frame: 2023 -

ERIM’s research group in Organizational Behaviour (OB) and Human Resource Management (HRM) is seeking a highly motivated PhD candidate to contribute to its research program and activities. The core tenet of this program is that people—and how they lead, collaborate, and organize— are the greatest asset in today’s organizations. Indeed, in order to be able to deliver complex, innovative products or services it is crucial that employees proactively contribute their knowledge, expertise, and creativity in collaborative team efforts. With growing diversity and reliance on cross-national collaborations, employees also increasingly need to be able to bridge differences in perspectives and expertise to achieve this type of effective collaboration and synergy. Furthermore, global scale events (e.g., Covid-19, global warming, international conflicts) underscore the continued need to reconsider and reinvent the workplace and how people work (e.g., virtual work, work safety, job loss, work-nonwork interface). In the light of these organizational realities and challenges, ERIM’s OB/HRM research group aims to contribute to society by answering the essential question of how to foster motivation, collaboration, and performance in today’s workplace, with a focus on the role of leadership, teamwork, HR practices, and well-being in individuals and teams. As a PhD candidate you will be able to determine the focus of your PhD endeavour in collaboration with the supervising faculty, yet the expectation is that the focus would be aligned with the core expertise of the supervisory team and relate broadly to one or more of the department’s research foci (i.e., leadership; human resource management, performance and well-being outcomes; diversity; creativity and innovation; teamwork; social relations and social networks; empowerment; motivation; proactive and extra-role behaviour).

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