Lauren Hajjar, PhD

Assistant Professor, Institute for Public Service

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Areas of Expertise

  • Nonprofit Organizational Change and Development
  • Strategic Human Resource Management and Adoption of Evidence Based Practices
  • Team Performance and Relational Capacity Building
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods

Professional Experience

The research of Lauren M. Hajjar, PhD, focuses on the quality of role-based relationships and its impact on the collective capacity and performance of teams and organizations. Hajjar has researched the strength of coordination and communication within and across workgroups in healthcare, community health, education and public safety settings. Her research has also explored the strength of cross-organizational relationships in the context of large community initiatives, with implications for how community based organizations engage with one another toward a shared purpose by using a systematic, evidence-based framework for improving collaboration. Hajjar uses a range of methodologies to answer research questions, including ethnographic methods such as interviews, focus groups and participant observation as well as quantitative analyses of secondary data and field-based surveys. She has presented her research in papers and symposia at the Annual Meetings of Labor and Employment Relations Association, Academy of Management and other international forums. Her current research is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Nellie Mae Education Foundation, National Institute of Corrections and the New York Department of Education.

Previously, Hajjar was the Director of Research at the Relational Coordination Research Collaborative, at Brandeis University and has worked on various research projects funded by the state and federal government as well as community and corporate foundations. Hajjar also worked as a Research Associate at the Moakley Center for Public Management and was a Lecturer at the Institute for Public Service at Suffolk University.

Degrees

  • PhD, Brandeis University
  • MPA, Suffolk University
  • MS, Institute for Health Professions, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • BA, Saint Anselm College
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