Amy Wrzesniewski, the Michael H. Jordan Professor of Management, has been awarded the 2018 Herbert Simon Award by the Rajk László College for Advanced Studies in Budapest, Hungary. On March 12, Wrzesniewski will accept the award during a ceremony hosted by Rajk László College and the Institute of Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Science. Following the ceremony, she will deliver a lecture on her research, titled “Making Work Meaningful.”
Presented annually by the Rajk College Student Assembly, the Herbert Simon Award recognizes academics “who have made an outstanding contribution to the solution of real-world business problems, while having made an exceptional impact on the development and thinking of college members.”
Wrzesniewski’s research interests focus on how people make meaning of their work in difficult contexts (e.g., stigmatized occupations, virtual work, absence of work), and the experience of work as a job, career, or calling. Her current research involves studying how employees shape their interactions and relationships with others in the workplace to change both their work identity and the meaning of the job.