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Ritu Tripathi

Ritu Tripathi

  • Assistant Professor of Instruction

Annenberg Hall Room 318, 2120 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208


Dr. Ritu Tripathi is an applied social and cross-cultural psychologist. She teaches in the LOC undergraduate and Master’s degree (MSLOC and MSSEP) programs. Her courses include: Global Organizations and Leadership, Global Teamwork, Leading Global Change, and International Negotiations for Policy Administrators. At MSLOC, she also teaches in Executive Education programs and does research advising on Capstone Projects.

Prior to Northwestern, Ritu worked as an Assistant Professor (2010-2022, tenured/permanent) at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India. Ritu received her PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) with Dr. Daniel Cervone as her Ph.D. advisor. Her dissertation focused on cultural variations in the motivational impact of autonomy and obligations among Indian and American corporate professionals. At UIC, she was the recipient of the prestigious Dean’s Scholar Award, which is the most distinguished award that UIC offers to graduate students in recognition of a student’s scholarly achievement. Prior to UIC, Ritu received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Psychology from the University of Allahabad, India. Ritu has published in scholarly journals such as Human Resource Management, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Research in Personality, Cross-cultural and Strategic Management.


  • PhD, Psychology (Major concentration: Social & Personality Psychology, Minor: Cross-cultural Psychology), University of Illinois at Chicago, 2010
  • MA, Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2007
  • MA, Psychology, University of Allahabad, India, 1998
  • BA, Psychology & English Literature, University of Allahabad, India, 1996

Selected Publications

Tripathi, R., & Karumathil, A. (forthcoming) Humanistic Leadership and the Paradoxical Pursuit of Sustainability and Profitability: A Case Study of the Tata Group in India. Chapter submitted to Humanistic Leadership and Sustainability: Exemplary Cases from Different Cultures. US: Palgrave

Karumathil, A., Tripathi, R. (2022) Mere algorithms can be demotivating. Nature Reviews Psychology.

Karumathil, A., & Tripathi, R. (2022) Combating survey bots: An integrative literature review of insights and strategies. Academy of Management Proceedings 2022

Karumathil, A., & Tripathi, R. (2022) What Motivates Gig Workers? An Integrative Review and Research Agenda. Academy of Management Proceedings 2022

Tripathi, R., Bhullar, N. (2022) Seeking convergence between experimental and survey methods for investigating organizational behaviour in a virtually connected world. In R.C. Tripathi, B.R. Kar, N. Pande (Eds.) Towards An Integrative Psychological Science: Issues, Approaches and Applications (pp. 45-62).New Delhi: Springer

Tripathi, R., Thite, M., Varma, A., Mahapatra, G. (2021) Appraising the revamped performance management system in Indian IT multinational enterprises: The employees’ perspective. Human Resource Management, 1– 14.

Karumathil, A*., & Tripathi, R. (2021). Culture and Attitudes Towards Euthanasia: An Integrative Review. OMEGA – Journal of Death and Dying.

Tripathi, R., & Kumar, A. (2020). Humanistic leadership in the Tata group: the synergy inpersonal values, organisational strategy and national cultural ethos. Cross Cultural & Strategic Management. 27(4), 607-626.

Ramesh, G., Tripathi, R., & Raj, P. (2020) Kumbh 2019: An Integrative Assessment. Report submitted to the Prayagraj Mela Pradhikaran, Uttar Pradesh State Government, India

Singh, B., Selvarajan, T. T., & Tripathi, R. (2019). Psychological Empowerment and Employee Outcomes in Mexico: The Role of Individual Power Distance Orientation and Perceived Organizational Support. SAM Advanced Management Journal, 84(4),4.