Elizabeth A. Luckman, PhD

Dr. Elizabeth Luckman is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Business Administration in the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Elizabeth seeks to help firms and institutions navigate the challenging human dimensions of organizations. She conducts research on leadership, organizational ethics, complex social interaction, and management education, in the pursuit of strengthening the capacity of organizations to create value. She has lectured on the topics of leadership, communication, team-building, negotiation, organizational behavior, and ethics. Her thinking is informed by scholarship from diverse fields, including psychology, anthropology, and philosophy. She recently completed a postdoc at UIUC’s National Center for Professional & Research Ethics, where she was the Senior Researcher in Leadership and Executive Development.

In addition to her academic work, Elizabeth cultivated her leadership perspectives during nearly a decade in luxury retailing, working in merchandising, selling, and management. Knowing how to work with all kinds of people to achieve demanding objectives in the for-profit world animates her research, and facilitates its application.

Dr. Luckman holds a PhD in organizational behavior from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, an MBA from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, and a BA in Classical Civilization and English Literature from Wellesley College. She has lived in Scotland, Indonesia, and nine different states.


My Work



Research and writing are the foundation of my professional career. I conduct research and write on leadership, ethical decision-making, meaning and purpose at work, and communication and effective presentation skills.


Translating research to practice is at the heart of my educational philosophy. Teaching is more than just ensuring that students learn content, rather they must learn to think critically, to challenge their assumptions, and to solve problems.


Sometimes we all need a little one-on-one support. I advise individuals and groups on a variety of professional development topics; including navigating a professional career, presentation and communication, problem-solving at work, and leadership development.