Mainiero, Lisa A.

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Mainiero, Lisa A.


Education: Smith College, B.A.; Yale University, M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., 1983.


Office—School of Business, Fairfield University, 1073 N. Benson Rd., Fairfield, CT 06824. E-mail—[email protected].


Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT, professor of management.


American Society for Training and Development, American Management Association, Eastern Academy of Management (secretary and proceedings editor), Women in Management Division of the National Academy of Management (program chair), Phi Beta Kappa.


(With Cheryl L. Tromley) Developing Managerial Skills in Organizational Behavior: Exercises, Cases & Readings, Prentice Hall (Englewood Cliffs, NJ), 1989, 2nd edition, 1994.

Office Romance: Love, Power, and Sex in the Workplace, Rawson Associates (New York, NY), 1989.

(With David D. Palmer) Managing Our Future, Eastern Academy of Management (Fairfield, CT), 1994.

(With Margaret Brindle) Managing Power through Lateral Networking, Quorum (Westport, CT), 2000.

(With Sherry E. Sullivan) The Opt-Out Revolt: Why People Are Leaving Companies to Create Kaleidoscope Careers, Davies-Black Publishing (Mountain View, CA), 2006.

Contributor to periodicals, including Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Executive, Group and Organization Management, Journal of Management, Organizational Dynamics, and Harvard Business Review.


Lisa A. Mainiero is a professor of management at the Fairfield University School of Business and the author, with Sherry E. Sullivan, of The Opt-Out Revolt: Why People Are Leaving Companies to Create Kaleidoscope Careers. The book examines why both men and women are choosing to go it alone rather than climb the corporate ladder. Using quantitative and qualitative research from a five-year period, the authors reason that for cultural, biological, and psychological reasons, more people are choosing to restructure their careers, with the ultimate goal of spending more time outside of the company walls. Heidi Senior in the Library Journal noted that "job seekers, career changers, and researchers will find this book useful." In Armchair Interviews, Celia Renteria Szelwach recommended the book, commenting that "human resources professionals, academics, and executive/career transition coaches will gain value from reading this book." She concluded: "It's a keeper!"



California Bookwatch, December 1, 2006, review of The Opt-Out Revolt: Why People Are Leaving Companies to Create Kaleidoscope Careers.

Library Journal, September 1, 2006, Heidi Senior, review of The Opt-Out Revolt, p. 158.

Publishers Weekly, June 12, 2006, review of The Opt-Out Revolt, p. 42.

Stamford Advocate, August 25, 2006, review of The Opt-Out Revolt.


Armchair Interviews, (August 10, 2007), Celia Renteria Szelwach, review of The Opt-Out Revolt.

Fairfield University Web site, (August 10, 2007), author profile.

Opt-Out Revolt Web site, (August 10, 2007).