Jill Perry-Smith is Professor of Organization & Management at Emory University. Professor Perry-Smith currently serves as the Academic Director for the Roberto C. Goizueta Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She joined the Goizueta Business School faculty after receiving her PhD in organizational behavior from the College of Management at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Professor Perry-Smith’s research investigates how social networks and relationships impact creativity and innovation. In another stream of research, she explores how family influences work engagement and the role of company policies that help employees integrate life and work. Her research has appeared in leading management journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, and Journal of Applied Psychology; she also has contributed to several books including Encyclopedia of Creativity, and The Oxford Handbook of Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. Professor Perry-Smith has served as an associate editor of Academy of Management Journal.

Prior to her academic career, Professor Perry-Smith worked in the oil and gas industry overseeing large refinery expansion projects across the United States. She brings her unique vantage point as a former civil engineer to her approach to teaching. She teaches courses in the areas of groups & teams and creativity & innovation. She also teaches organizational behavior seminars in the PhD program.


  • PhD in Organizational Behavior
    Georgia Institute of Technology
  • MBA in Management
    Pepperdine University
  • BS in Civil Engineering
    Syracuse University