Laura Erskine

Dr. Laura Erskine is a Professor of Health Policy and Management, Director of the MHA Program, and Director of the UCLA Center for Healthcare Management. Her teaching interests are in the area of organizational behavior, leadership, and decision making. She uses real world examples and situations, experiential activities, field-based cases, and simulations to help students develop their decision-making and problem solving skills, hone their communication and interpersonal skills, apply theories and the concepts, and further their critical thinking skills. She is able to highlight theories and concepts with personal examples from her background in strategic consulting, entrepreneurial activities, field-based research, and case writing activities.

Dr. Erskine has taught classes on Introductory Management, Organizational Behavior, Leadership, and Decision Making.

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  • PhD, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • PhD, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • BA, McGill University, Quebec, Canada

Areas of Interest

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Leadership
  • Decision Making
  • Case Writing

Selected Publications

  • Erskine, L. (2018). “Flint water case study: Negotiation and mediation.” In A.J. Santella (Ed.), Master of Public Health Competencies: A Case Study Approach (pp. 137-143).
  • Erskine, L., Chuang, E., and Finlayson, T. (2016) Great expectations: Factors affecting healthcare management students' choice of accredited graduate degree programs, The Journal of Health Administration Education, ; 33(1): 95-120.
  • Erskine, L. and Sablynski, C. (2016) The Pacific Production Game: A Multidimensional Teaching Tool Using Lego® Bricks, Management Teaching Review, ; 1(4): 252-262.
  • Bull Schaefer, R. A. and Erskine, L. (2012). “Virtual team meetings: Reflections on a class exercise exploring technology choice.” Journal of Management Education, 36(6), 777-801.
  • Block, E. S. and Erskine, L. (2012). “Interviewing by telephone: Specific considerations, opportunities, and challenges.” International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 11(4), 428–445.
  • Erskine, L. (2012). “Defining relational distance for today’s leaders.” International Journal of Leadership Studies, 7(1), 96-113.
  • Erskine, L. and Jones, J.R. (2010). "Managing a remote workforce." CPCU Leadership & Managerial Excellence Newsletter, 13(2).
  • Erskine, L. (2009). "A question of leadership: What does effective leadership look like in a virtual work environment and can web-based leadership operate the same way that face-to-face leadership does?" Leadership in Action, 28(6).