Carnegie Mellon University

Benjamin Ostrowski

Benjamin Ostrowski

Ph.D. Student, Tepper School of Business

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Areas of Study

Organizational Behavior and Theory


Benjamin Ostrowski is a Ph.D. student in Organizational Behavior and Theory in the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Brown University. Ostrowski uses both quantitative (laboratory and field) and qualitative methods to address his research interests, which include team problem formulation, creativity, improvisation, and adaptability.


  • Carnegie Mellon University - MS (Organizational Behavior and Theory) - 2019
  • Brown University - BA (Psychology) - 2017


Team problem formulation, creativity, improvisation, adaptability, collective intelligence


Working papers:

  • Ostrowski, B., Woolley, A.W., & Haan, K.W. [Title blinded for peer review]. (Revise and Resubmit) 
  • Ostrowski, B. Perspective Taking and Prior Experience in Team Improvisation: Evidence from a Qualitative Study and Field Experiment. 
  • Ostrowski, B., Mayo, A.T., & Woolley, A.W. Team Knowledge and Adaptation: Evidence from Medical and Laboratory Teams. 
  • Ostrowski, B., Woolley, A.W., & Chauncey, K. Team Problem Formulation and Expertise Use.


  • Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (Instructor, Undergraduate, 2020)
  • Managing People and Teams (TA, MBA, Dr. Anita Woolley)
  • Global and Distributed Teams (TA, MBA, Dr. Anita Woolley)
  • Negotiations (TA, MBA, Dr. Catherine Shea, Dr. Taya Cohen)
  • Statistical Decision-Making (TA, MBA, Dr. Dennis Epple)


  • Center for Behavioral and Decision Research Grant, Carnegie Mellon University (2019)
  • Graduate Student Assembly / Provost Conference Funding (2018, 2019)
  • Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research Conference – Best Poster Award (2018)