Ronit Kark

Short CV

Ronit Kark is a Full Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Bar-Ilan University and was the founder and former Director of the 'Gender in the Field Graduate Program' at the Gender Studies department in Bar-Ilan. She is also a Distinguished Research Professor at the School of Business, at Exeter University, UK, and an affiliated scholar at the Center for Gender in Organizations at Simmons College, Boston. She received her Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and completed her postdoctoral studies at the University of Michigan. Her research interests include leadership and followership, positive relationships and relatedness in organizations, identity and identification processes, gender and leadership, and leading for creativity. Her work was published in leading journals including AMR, AMD, AMA, LQ, JOOP, JOB, Organization, AMLE and JAP. Prof. Kark is an Associate Editor at the LQ and also served on the Editorial Boards of the AMJ, AMR, AMD, Frontiers in Psychology and IJMR. Kark serves on the advisory committees and boards of different NGOs in Israel that aim to enhance social change and gender equality.

Selected Awards

  • 2000, Loreal-Recanati Prize for the Study of Women and Management in Israel.
  • 2005, Best Paper Prize (#2) at the International Leadership Association (ILA).
  • 2008, Member of the Young Forum of Sciences and Humanities of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
  • 2011, Best Paper Award for the 9th International Academy of Management and Business (IAMB) conference (with Dina Van Dijk).
  • 2012, Academy of Management 2012 Award for Scholarly Contributions to Educational Practice Advancing Women in Leadership.
  • 2016, Bar-Ilan University Rector Prize for Outstanding Research Achievements. I
  • 2016, Iconic Leaders in Social Enterprise Prize from the All Ladies League (ALL) Women Economic Forum
  • 2016, Academy of Management Annals Best 2015 Published Article Award (Honorable Mention) (Olga Epitropaki and Charalampos Mainemelis).
  • 2019, Forbes Magazine 10 Best Book Selection included the book "Creative Leadership: Contexts and Prospects" (by Mainemelis, Epitropaki and Kark)
  • 2021, Kark was included in the top 2% percentile of academics most cited by the Stanford University and Elsevier data list.

Research Interests

Leadership, gender in organizations, Identity and identification, diversity and Inclusion

Selected Publications

  • Kark, R. (2004). The Transformational Leader: Who is (s)he? A Feminist Perspective. Journal of Organizational Change Management. Special issue on Transformational Leadership Research: Issues and Implications, 17(2), 160-176.
  • Kark, R. & Weismal-Manor, R. (2005). Organizational Citizenship Behavior: What’s Gender Got to Do With It? Organization, 12 (6): 889-917.  
  • Keshet, S., Kark, R., Pomerantz-Zorin, L. Schwarzwald, J., Koslowsky, M. (2006). Gender, Status and the Use of Power Strategies, European Journal of Social Psychology, 36, 105-117.
  • Miller, Y., Kark, R & Zohar, N. (2012). Managerial ethics from a gendered perception: The ethics of women and men managers in feminine and masculine organizational contexts. Megamot, 2, 273-308. (HEB). 
  • Kark, R. Weismal-Manor, R. Shamir, B. (2012). Does valuing androgyny and femininity lead to a female advantage? The relationship between gender-role, transformational leadership and identification. Leadership Quarterly, 23, 620–640.  
  • Kark, R., Preseer, R. & Zion-Waldoks, T. (2016). From politics of dilemmas to politics of paradoxes: Feminism, pedagogy and women’s leadership for social change. special issue on ‘Women’s leadership development programs: Lessons learned and new frontiers’. Journal of Management Education, 40(3), 293-320.

  • Zheng, W., Surgevil, O., Kark, R. (2018). Dancing on the Razor's Edge:  How Top-Level Women Leaders Manage the Paradoxical Tensions between Agency and Communion. Sex Roles,79(11-12), 633-650.

  • Miller, Y., Kark, R., & Zohar, N. (2018). Her/His Ethics(?): Managerial ethics in moral decision making from a contextual, gendered, and relational perspective. Sex Roles, 80(3-4), 218-233.

  •  Zheng, W Kark, R. & Meister, A. (2018). Paradox versus dilemma mindset: A theory of how women leaders navigate the tensions between agency and communion The Leadership Quarterly, 29(5), 584-596.

  • Zheng, W., Kark, R. & Meister, A. (2018). How Women Manage the Gendered Norms of Leadership. Harvard Business Review. HBR. November 2018. 

  • Kark, R., Meister, A. & Peters, K. (2021). Now you see me, now you don’t: The causes and consequences of Leader Impostorism. Journal of Management.

Publications as TUM-IAS-Fellow