Pat Satterstrom is a doctoral candidate in Management at Harvard Business School. Her dissertation proposes a model of dynamic hierarchy and explores the role multi-disciplinary teams can play in creating a more flexible power structure in organizations. In addition to her field work in health care, Pat’s lab projects explore people's perceptions of teams, communication in multilingual groups, and creativity in diverse groups. Pat is very interested in understanding how to improve collaboration, in particular collaboration that includes the contribution of those in traditionally low-power roles.
Pat received her A.B. cum laude in Psychology from Harvard College in 2004. As an undergraduate, she was a student fellow at the Center for International Development and an intern at the Carr Center for Human Rights at the Kennedy School of Government. After graduating, Pat studied and worked in Korea for a year on the Yenching fellowship. She was then a Teaching Fellow at Harvard College for the Psychology of Leadership and Positive Psychology courses for which she was awarded a Certificate of Distinction in Teaching. She also worked as a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton and as an intern at Insight Partners, a conflict management firm. Prior to starting the Management program at HBS, Pat was a Research Associate, assisting with research and cases on globally distributed teams.
Pat enjoys martial arts and has a black belt in Taekwondo. Outside of work, she spends time playing in the park with her husband and son.