Manuela Collis
PhD Research Fellow

Manuela is a PhD student of Strategic Management at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Her research explores how gender influences contributions and outcomes in challenging settings with the potential for high rewards such as entrepreneurship, innovation, executives, and board. In her first line of work, she studies how normative and structural conditions influence qualified and talented individuals to contribute their knowledge, especially in challenging but highly rewarding settings. Her two working papers Stereotypes and Belief Updating and Whether to Apply are examples of this line of work. She uses laboratory experiments, online field experiments, and simulated labour markets to study these questions. In her second stream of work, she studies gender gaps in the setting of entrepreneurship and innovation. She is particularly interested in the effect of diversity (in a broad sense) on innovative outcomes. Manuela holds a MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, USA, and a BSc in Business Administration with Specialization in Banking and Finance from Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland.