Hi and welcome!

I am a doctoral student in Strategic Management at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, a PhD Fellow at the Institute for Gender and the Economy (GATE), and a 2024-25 Schwartz Reisman Institute of Technology and Society (SRI) graduate fellow.

I hold a MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, USA, and a BSc in Business Administration with Specialization in Banking and Finance from Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland. Prior to joining the Ph.D. Program, I was a Research Associate at Harvard Business School.

With my research, I explore how gender and social forces influences our contributions and outcomes in challenging settings with the potential for high reward in organizations, science, and entrepreneurship. My primary school of thought is social constructivism and power. As such, I take a particular interest in social forces such as norms and gender and how they interact in our society and how they shape freedoms, opportunities, and welfare distributions.

I study which normative and structural conditions influence a qualified and talented individual to contribute their knowledge, especially in challenging but highly rewarding settings. My three papers Stereotypes and Belief Updating, Whether to Apply, and Workplace Hostility are examples of this line of work. I use laboratory experiments, online field experiments, and simulated labor markets to study these questions.

I have a latent interest in education, entrepreneurship and innovation, and technology.

Interested in a friendly review? As part of our PhD training at Rotman, we write a referee report every semester. I'd be happy to write a friendly review for you if you are interested! My review may be particularly helpful if you planned to submit your work to Management Science, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, or a top (field) Econ journal and the topics & methods are related to inequality, AI/technology, organizations, entrepreneurship, strategy, behavioral economics, (lab/field/survey) experiments.

I’d be happy to be in touch. You can reach me at manuela (dot) collis (at) rotman (dot) utoronto (dot) ca