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Virginie Lopez-Kidwell is an Assistant Professor in the G. Brint Ryan College of Business at the University of North Texas. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in Management in 2013. Her research interests include social networks, the role of affect in organizational behaviors and social dynamics, as well as power and dependence in workplace relationships. She has published in the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Consumer Behavior, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Group & Organization Management, Social Networks among others. She also conducts consulting projects with various organizations to research, optimize, train, engage workforce and improve performance using latest organizational psychology tools including social network analysis. She teaches at the undergraduate, MBA, doctoral and executive level various courses and workshops on topics such as: Organizational Behaviors, Emotional Intelligence, Conflict Resolution, Negotiation Skills, Power & Influence, Navigating Socio-Political Dynamics in the Workplace, Personal Effectiveness, Social Network Analysis. She is also an Executive Education/Consulting adviser for the Professional Development Institute at UNT (

Curriculum Vitae

⇒  Media Mention: HBR, NBC News (DFW), ResearchNew@Vanderbilt

Academic Interests: 

Emotional and Interpersonal Dynamics; Emotional Intelligence; Social Networks; Social Perception & Influence.

Kidwell, B., Lopez-Kidwell, V., Blocker C., & Mas, E. (2020). Birds of a Feather Feel Together: Emotional Ability Similarity in Business Interactions. Journal of Consumer Research.

Okeke, N.L., Webel, A.R., Bosworth, H.B., Aifah, A., Bloomfield, G.S., Choi, W.E., Gonzales, S., Hale S, Hileman CO, Lopez-Kidwell V., Muiruri C, Oakes M, Schexnayder J, Smith V, Vedanthan R, Longenecker, C.T*.  (2019) Rationale and Design of A Nurse-led Intervention to Extend the HIV Treatment Cascade for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Trial (EXTRA-CVD).  American Heart Journal.  *Author names listed by alphabetical order; Work funded by the grant NIH/NHLBI-U01HL142099 from the National Institutes of Health.

Lopez-Kidwell, V., Niven, K., & Labianca, G. (2018). Predicting workplace relationship dynamics using a relational model of affect. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 39(4): 1129-1141 special issue on Dynamics at work.
Grosser, T.J., Obstfeld, D., Choi, E.W., Whoeler, M. L., Lopez-Kidwell V., Labianca, G., & Borgatti, S. P. (2018). A sociopolitical perspective on employee innovativeness and performance: The role of political skill and network structure. Organization Science, 29(4): 547-753.
Hasford J., Kidwell, B., & Lopez-Kidwell, V. (2018). Happy wife, happy life: Food choices in romantic relationships. Journal of Consumer Research, 44(6): 1238-1256.
Smith, J., Halgin, D., Lopez-Kidwell, V., Labianca, G., Brass, D, & Borgatti, S. (2014). Power in politically charged networks. Social Networks, 36: 162– 176.
Lopez-Kidwell, V., Grosser, T., Dineen, B., & Borgatti, S. (2013). What matters when: A multi-stage examination of factors contributing to job search effort. Academy of Management Journal, 56 (6): 1655-1678.
Sterling, C., Lopez-Kidwell, V., Labianca, G., & Moon, H. (2013).  Managing sequential task portfolios in the face of temporal atypicality and task complexity. Human Performance, 26 (4): 327-51.
Grosser, T., Lopez-Kidwell, V., Labianca, G., & Ellwardt, L. (2012). Hearing it through the grapevine: Positive and negative workplace gossip. Organizational Dynamics, 41 (1), 52-61.
Grosser, T., Lopez-Kidwell, V., & Labianca, G.  (2010). A social network analysis of positive and negative gossip in organizational life. Group & Organization Management, 35 (2): 177-214.  *Paper cited by: Harvard Business Review, Sept. 2010.
Mehra, A., Borgatti, S., Soltis, S., Floyd, T., Ofem, B., Halgin, D., and Lopez-Kidwell, V. (2014). Imaginary worlds: Using visual network scales to capture perceptions of social networks. In S. Borgatti, D. Brass, D. Halgin, G. Labianca & A. Mehra (Eds.), Research in the Sociology of  Organizations: Contemporary Perspectives on Organizational Social Networks, 40. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Borgatti, S., & Lopez-Kidwell, V. (2011). Network theory. In, Peter Carrington and John Scott (Eds.), Handbook of Social Network Analysis, London: Sage.
Funded Projects:

PI: Lopez-Kidwell, V., Avoiding tradeoffs and improving performance: An examination of the social worlds of individuals with higher emotional abilities, $10,000, Summer 2020. Funded by G. Brint Ryan College of Business, UNT.

PI: Longenecker, C.. NIH/NHLBI U01HL142099 “A Nurse-led intervention to extend the HIV treatment cascade for cardiovascular disease prevention”. Funded by National Institutes of Health, for $1,960,213, 2018-2021. Role: Lopez-Kidwell, V. & Choi, E.W. Social Network Consultants (affiliated with the Professional Development Institute, G. Brint Ryan College of Business, UNT).
PI: Choi, E.W. Co-PIs: Virginie Lopez-Kidwell. “Change in social networks and innovation.” Funded by the Cardiovascular Institute (Hospital name witheld for confidentiality) & University of Texas Dallas, for $52,000, 2015-2017. Role: Lopez-Kidwell, V. Organizational Behavior& Network Consultant.
PI: Kenneth G. F. Co-PIs: S. Rose, Y. Darici, M. Heithaus, R. Jung. “ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award #1629899: To develop institutional structures, processes, and climate that builds an affirming and fair workplace for women and underrepresented groups”, Funded by National Science Foundation, for $3.2M, 2016-2021. Role: Lopez-Kidwell, V. Key Personnel, Social Network Consultant 2016-2017.