Dr. Lisa Williams

Dr. Lisa Williams

Assistant Professor of Management

Office Location:
Bisgrove Hall, Room 169
Office Hours:
Spring 2014: Mon 11-1:30 & Tues 5:30-7 & Wed 10-12
Curriculum Vitae:


Professor Williams joined Niagara University in August 2010 as an assistant professor. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University at Buffalo, where she designed an individualized major (Organizational Behavior) that reflected her interest in individuals’ experience in the workplace. During that time, she began conducting research which led her to pursue a Ph.D. in business administration, which she  completed in fall 2010. She was awarded the Ph.D. Student Researcher of the Year for 2009 and 2010 by her department faculty for her research activities. Prior to her graduate studies, Professor Williams worked in the accounting field.

Focus of Teaching

  • MGT 341 - Introduction to Human Resource Management


  • MGT 677 - Organizational Development
  • MGT 670 - People in Organizations

Current Research

Professor Williams’ research addresses the development of interpersonal trust in organizations from several perspectives: individual differences that affect interpersonal dyadic trust, situational factors that affect anonymous interpersonal trust decisions, and the conceptualization of and methods used to study trust itself. Furthermore, woven throughout her work are individual and environmental antecedents of trust, as well as individual- and dyad-level outcomes of trust. Specifically, an individual’s ability to understand his or her environment and situation, reason about the morality of one’s own and others’ behaviors, and the extent to which one’s behaviors are socially influenced are posited to influence trust-based relationships. Furthermore, personality traits such as narcissism and situational factors such as potentials gains or losses related to trusting others or being trustworthy are also under investigation to determine their effects on trust and its outcomes.

Current Involvement

Professor Williams is a member of Academy of Management, Academy of International Business, American Psychological Association, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Southern Management Association, and Beta Gamma Sigma.