Multi-National Work-Family Research Project
(Project 3535)

Professor Anit Somech

E-mail: [email protected]

Anit Somech received her first degree in Psychology and Statistics (1983), and an M.A. in Educational Psychology (1988) at the University of Haifa. Her Ph.D. at the Technion was in Behavioral Sciences and Management with an emphasis on motivation at work (1994).

Dr. Anit Somech is the head of Educational Leadership & Policy Department at the University of Haifa. Israel. Her research has been published in such outlets as the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management, and Educational Administration Quarterly. In addition, she serves on the editorial board of The Educational Administration Quarterly.

Dr. Somech's research is in the areas of Management (Participative Management), Burnout, and Work Motivation (OCB and team work) from a multi-level perspective. She is currently involved in several research projects addressing the issue of participative management in organizations.

She has received several grants to pursue her research interests, including a grant from the Ford Foundation for examining ‘universal' as well as culture-specific patterns of coping, predicting the integration of Ethiopian as compared with Israeli born students into Israeli universities; A grant from the Gertner Foundation for Research in Health Services to fund research on the impact of organizational structures, processes, and practices on the implementation of new management and coordination roles in health organizations; And a Gertner grant to fund a research on medication administration errors and ways to decrease their rates in hospitals.

Dr. Somech is currently embarking on a new research direction, which is derived by her concern that a side from the beneficial effects of progressive managerial methods, such as participative management, the partners in the process - managers, and employees - might pay a price of strain and burnout.

Selected Publications:

Drach-Zahavy, A. & Somech, A. (1999). Constructive thinking: A complex coping variable that distinctively influences the effectiveness of specific difficult goals.Personality and Individual Differences, 27, 969-984.

Somech, A. (2000). The independent and the interdependent selves: Different meaning in different cultures. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 24, 161-172.

Drach-Zahavy, A. & Somech, A. (2002). Coping with health problems: The distinctive relationships of Hope sub-scales with constructive thinking and resource allocation. Personality and Individual Differences, 33, 103-117.

Somech, A. (2002). Explicating the complexity of participative management: An investigation of multiple dimensions. Educational Administration Quarterly, 38, 341-371.

Somech, A. & Miassy-Maljak, N. (2003). The relationship between religiosity and burnout of principals: the meaning of educational work and role variables as mediators. Social Psychology of Education, 6, 61-90.

Somech, A. (2003). Relationships of participative leadership with relational demography variables: A multi-level perspective. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 24, 1003-1018.

Drach-Zahavy, A., Somech, A., Granot, M, & Spitzer, A (2004). Can we win them all? The benefits and costs of structured compared with flexible innovation-implementationapproaches. Journal of Organizational Behavior, Special issue for Innovation, 25,217-234.

Somech, A. & Drach-Zahavy, A. (2004). Exploring organizational citizenship behavior from an organizational perspective: The relationship between organizational learning and organizational citizenship behavior. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 77, 281-298.

Somech, A. (2006). The effects of leadership style and team process on performance and innovation in functionally heterogeneous teams. Journal of Management, 32, 1-26.

Somech, A., & Drach-Zahavy, A. (2007). Strategies for coping with work-family conflict: The distinctive relationships of gender-role ideology. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 12, 1-19