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

Dr. Anat Drach-Zahavy 

 Email:  [email protected]

 Dr. Anat Drach-Zahavy completed both her undergraduate and postgraduate training in Occupational and Organizational Psychology at the University of Haifa, Israel, completing her Ph.D. in 1997 in the department of Industrial Engineering and Management, in the Technion, the Israeli institute for Technology. Her Ph.D. dissertation focused on stress effects on motivation and performance at work settings. Dr. Anat Drach-Zahavy completed both her undergraduate and postgraduate training in Occupational and Organizational Psychology at the University of Haifa, Israel, completing her Ph.D. in 1997 in the department of Industrial Engineering and Management, in the Technion, the Israeli institute for Technology. Her Ph.D. dissertation focused on stress effects on motivation and performance at work settings.

Dr. Drach-Zahavy is currently part of the Faculty of Health and Welfare studies at the Haifa University, coordinating the area of Organizational Behavior in the department of Nursing. Her research interests centers around two themes: teamwork and job stress. She is currently involved in several research projects aimed at pursuing healthier workplaces for employees (especially in healthcare settings). This is derived by her concern that health care staff is growingly becoming a high-risk group, which experiences strain, burnout, and diminished health levels.

Her work was supported by several grants including three grants from the Gertner Foundation for Research in Health Services. The first -to fund research on the impact of implementing new nursing roles on nurses' performance, innovativeness, and burnout. The second to fund a research on interdisciplinary teamwork and its effects on the health provider as well as on the quality of care provided for customers; the third concerns medication administration errors and ways to decrease their rates in hospitals.  

She is currently seeking to engage in a new research direction, which seeks to juxtapose the stress and management domains. This is driven by her concern that today's organizations functioning in turbulent environments are forced to emphasize bottom line performance outcomes albeit neglecting its prevalent tradeoff effect with prolonged strain and deteriorating health outcomes for employees. This interdisciplinary direction can make fundamental contribution in developing the superior health and productive promoting system needed at the face of prolonged of today's terror and violence life reality.

As for training, Dr Drach-Zahavy's main focus is on training health providers to cooperate as inter-disciplinary teams as means to facilitate both the health provider's welfare and the provision of quality care for patients. As such, she initiates workshops both for academic as well as for practitioners' audiences. 

 

Research Contributions

A.     Selected Refereed Contributions:

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

Drach-Zahavy, A. & Freund, A. (2007).Team effectiveness under stress: A Structural Contingency Approach. Journal of Organizational Behavior,28(4), 423-450.

Freund, A. & Drach-Zahavy, A. (2007). Organizational (role-structuring) and personal (organizational commitment and job involvement) factors: Do they predict interprofessional team effectiveness? Journal of Interprofessional care, 21(3), 319-334.

Somech, A. & Drach-Zahavy, A. (2007) "School as Team-based Organizations: A Structure-Process Outcomes Approach" Group Dynamics: Theory, Research and Practice, 11(4):305-320.

Drach-Zahavy. A. & Baron-Epel, O. (2006). Health-promotion teams' effectiveness: A structural perspective from Israel. Health Promotion International, 21, 181-190.

Drach-Zahavy, A.  & Somech, A. (2006). Professionalism and helping: Harmonizing or discordant concepts? An attribution theory perspective. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 36, 1892-1923.

Drach-Zahavy, A. (2004). Towards a multidimensional construct of social support: Implications of provider's self-reliance and request's characteristics. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 34(7), 1395-1420.

Drach-Zahavy, A. (2004). Exploring team support: The role of team's design, values, and leader's support. Group Dynamics, 8(4), 235-252.

Drach-Zahavy, A. (2004).The proficiency trap: How to balance enriched job designs and the team's need for support. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 25, 979-996.

Drach-Zahavy, A. (2004) Primary nurses' performance: Role of supportive management. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 45, 7-16.

Drach-Zahavy, A., Somech, A., Granot, M, & Spitzer, A. (2004). Can we win them all? Benefits and costs of structured and flexible innovation-implementations. Journal of Organizational Behavior, Special issue for Innovation, 25 (2), 217-234.

Drach-Zahavy, A. & Somech, A. (2003). Building innovative teams: The role of team heterogeneity and team processes in teams. In: Serge P. Shohov (Ed.) Advances in Psychology Research, 17, pp. 153-170. N.Y.: Nova Science publishers, Inc.

Drach-Zahavy, A. & Somech, A. (2002). Team heterogeneity and its relationship with team support and team effectiveness. Journal of Educational Administration, 40(1), 44-66.

B.     Selected Other Refereed Contributions:

Drach-Zahavy, A. & Somech, A. (2007). Integrating individual and organization perspectives for coping with work-family conflict. Paper presented at the II International Conference of Work and Family at IESE, Barcelona, Spain.

Drach-Zahavy, A., & Somech, A. (2007). Inter-organizational Teams as Boundary Spanners: The facilitating Effects of Team's Diversity, Configuration, and Links with Experts. Paper presented at the European Academy of Management, Paris, 2007.

Drach-Zahavy, A. & Pud, D. (2007).Learning From Errors: The case of medication administrarion. Paper presented at the 10th  European Congress of Psychology, Prague, 2007.

Drach-Zahavy, A. & Somech, A. (2006). How to balance work-family conflict: Towards a context-specific coping strategy taxonomy.  Paper presented at the 66th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Atlanta, Georgia.

Drach-Zahavy, A. & Freund, A. (2006). Team effectiveness under stress: A structural contingency approach.  Paper presented at the 66th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Atlanta, Georgia.

Drach-Zahavy, A. & Somech, A. (2005). Towards a typology for coping with work-family conflict: The distinctive effect of gender role ideology.  Paper presented at the I International Conference of Work and Family at IESE, Barcelona, Spain.

Drach-Zahavy, A. (2004). Work-Family conflict from a cross-cultural perspective: The Israeli sample. In the symposium A cross-cultural research project on the work-family interface: Preliminary findings.    The 17th  International Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Xi'an, China.

Drach-Zahavy, A. (2004). Continuous as compared with fluid collaboration: Different structures for different goal. Paper presented at the 28th  International Congress of Psychology, Beijing, China.

Drach-Zahavy, A. & Somech, A. (2004, April). Work family conflict in Middle-Eastern cultures: The case of Israel. In the symposium Cross-Cultural Approaches to Work-family Conflict: A Ten Country Investigation, at the annual meeting of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Chicago, Illinois. 

Drach-Zahavy, A. & Somech, A. (2003). Towards supportive teams: The role of team's design, culture and leadership. Paper presented at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Seattle, Washington.

Drach-Zahavy, A. (2002). Exploring leader's support from a multidimensional perspective: Implications of leader's attachment style and request characteristics. Paper presented at the 25th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Singapore.

Drach-Zahavy, A. & Somech, A. (2002). Attaining team innovation: Team interaction processes as mediating in the team heterogeneity- team innovation relationship. Paper presented at the 27th International Congress of Psychology, Stockholm, Sweden.

D.    Selected Forthcoming Contributions:

Drach-Zahavy, A. (accepted). Workplace health friendliness: A test of a cross-level model. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology (43 pages).

Goldblatt, H., Granot, M., Admi, H., & Drach-Zahavy, A. (accepted).The experience of being a shift manager in a hospital ward. Journal of Advanced Nursing.

Drach-Zahavy, A. & Somech, A. (revise and re-submit). From an intra-team to an inter-team perspective of effectiveness: The role of inter-team interdependence and teams' boundary activities. Academy of Management Review (29 Pages).