Mrudula Nujella


Doctoral Student Affiliate, Center for Positive Organizations

Doctoral Student, Management & Organizations

University of Michigan

Mrudula Nujella’s research focuses on cultivating positive relationships at work. She is particularly interested in developmental interactions such as mentoring, coaching, and advising and the interpersonal dynamics involved in helping people see possibilities in times of lostness and despair.

In her dissertation work, Mrudula is trying to develop an understanding of the experience of feeling lost at work and the intrapersonal, interpersonal, and social resources available to people to cope with feelings of lostness. In another line of research she is pursuing with Julia Lee, Mrudula is examining the underlying mechanisms and outcomes of relational self-affirmation using best-self reports. Mrudula’s goal as a positive organizational researcher is to enable individuals to build and maintain generative, life-giving connections at work.

Prior to beginning her doctoral studies at Michigan, Mrudula worked in public policy consulting. She has a bachelor’s and master’s in mechanical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.