M. (Mayssa) Rishani MSc

Mayssa Rishani
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
ERIM PhD Candidate
Field: Organisation
Affiliated since 2017

Mayssa is currently completing her PhD in Organisational Behavior at the Department of Organisation and Personnel Management, at the Rotterdam School of Management. In her research, Mayssa raises questions about modern team arrangements and their connection to individual and team creativity. She primarily employs quantitative survey-based and qualitative grounded theory approaches in her research. In her dissertation, she specifically focuses on multiple team membership and its influence on individual and collective creativity while considering other aspects of modern teamwork such as team virtuality. Her research has been accepted and presented at several conferences including the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology Conference, and the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research Conference.

Mayssa also coordinates and teaches a variety of courses and workshops to graduate and undergraduate students. Her main teachings include Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods, Psychology and Business, and Leading for Excellence. She also supervises several master students in their thesis projects.   

PhD Track The effects of contemporary team arrangements on workplace creativity

Workplace creativity is a pronounced driver of organizational effectiveness, growth and innovation. However, whilst the pursuit of creativity has become pervasive, creative attainment is never guaranteed. Although a variety of contextual factors that shape employee and team creativity have been investigated in the literature, the changing ecology of teams remains largely overlooked. Nowadays, teams are more dynamic (e.g. multi-teaming), diverse, geographically dispersed and virtual. These contemporary team arrangements introduce unique challenges and opportunities to collaborative team efforts and individual performance. For instance, at the team level, the work flexibility and resources access contemporary teams provide is often coupled with temporal misalignments. Thus, in this PhD project, we address the complexity of the creative process in contemporary teams’ context while considering both individual and team levels of analysis.

Creativity, creative process, teams, multiple team membership, diversity
Time frame
2017 -


  • Academic (1)
    • Ismail, H., & Rishani, M. (2018). The relationships among performance appraisal satisfaction, career development and creative behavior. In The Journal of Developing Areas (Vol. 42). 3 https://doi.org/10.1353/jda.2018.0040


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