Danielle Tussing's research examines the interplay of motivation and social factors in organizations. Her work sheds light on when and why relationships, with colleagues as well as those outside of work, serve to enhance commitment and job performance or detract from them. In a separate stream of research, she studies reluctance to lead. Across her research, she employs field surveys, experiments, and archival methods, and she studies diverse working populations such as factory workers in Mexico and grocery store employees in Indonesia. Tussing's work has been published in the Academy of Management Journal and featured in the Wall Street Journal and Quartz. Prior to her academic career, Tussing worked in management consulting and operations. Tussing received her Ph.D. in Management from The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania), with an emphasis in Organizational Behavior, and her B.S. in Psychology from Davidson College.