Effective Feedback

Using Cognitive Distance to Improve Feedback Giving Behavior

The aim of this study is to understand different ways in which leaders give feedback to their subordinates and to assess different approaches to helping leaders improve in their ability to deliver valuable feedback. At a company-wide level, this project will also identify the conceptions that leaders have about giving feedback.


Sameer B. Srivastava is the Harold Furst Chair in Management Philosophy and Values at Berkeley Haas. His research unpacks the complex interrelationships among the culture of social groups, the cognition of individuals within these groups, and the connections that people forge within and across groups. Much of his work is set in organizational contexts, where he uses computational methods to examine how culture, cognition, and networks independently and jointly relate to career outcomes. His work has been published in scholarly journals such as American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Management Science, and Organization Science. It has been covered in media outlets, including The New York Times, The Economist, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and Forbes.

Recent Research

The New Analytics of Culture

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