Michal Biron is an Israeli researcher in the fields
of human resource management and organizational behavior.
Born in Haifa, Israel, Biron serves as the Academic
Head of the University
of Haifa’s Graduate School of Management MBA program with
an emphasis on Strategic Human Resource Management and the MBA program
for non-profit organizations. She received her Ph.D. in 2007 from the Technion’s
Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management.
Biron studies the nature of peer relations and supervisor-employee
relations in the workplace and the implications for individuals as well
as organizations; employee health and wellbeing; withdrawal behaviors;
and performance management techniques in high performing work environments.
She hopes to better understand human interactions, their antecedents
and consequences in work contexts through her research.
Biron’s recent research (published in the Journal
of Applied Psychology; co-authored by Sharon Toker from Tel
Aviv University) has focused on the value of physical exercise for
breaking the vicious circle of job burnout and depression. Another recent
study (published in the European Journal of Work and Organizational
Psychology) revealed that peers and supervisors can reduce employees’
absenteeism rates -- but the support coming from these sources has different
implications. For example, supervisors can lighten employees' workload
and provide stress management training. "The worker who is given
this sort of support is more likely to overcome the somatic stress and
continue to work productively, leaving recovery for the normal after-work
hours when we recharge our batteries," explains Dr. Biron.
Sources: “Michal Biron,” Graduate School of Management, University
of Haifa, accessed May 25, 2012. Rachel Feldman, “The best medicine for productivity,” University
of Haifa, February 6, 2012.