Basima Tewfik

Award-winning scholar examining underexplored phenomena around the social self at work. 


Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2022. 


Named by Poets & Quants as a “40 Under 40” Best Business School Professor in 2021.


Her dissertation on impostor thoughts was named the winner of the 2018 INFORMS Dissertation Proposal Competition.


Basima’s main stream of research examines the psychology of the social self at work, including rethinking what we know about impostor syndrome — for which there can be upsides — and how you can decline taking on more requests at work when you have too much on your plate.


Assistant professor of work and organization studies, MIT Sloan School of Management; former general management consultant in the USA and Europe; Poets & Quants “40 Under 40” Best Business School Professor.



‘The Impostor Phenomenon Revisited: Examining the Relationship between Workplace Impostor Thoughts and Interpersonal Effectiveness at Work’ (Academy of Management Journal), plus research spotlighted in podcasts, books, and media outlets including Armchair Expert, A Slight Change of Plans, BBC, Business Insider, Daily Mail, Pivot, Think Again, and Adam Grant’s WorkLife series.


Media picks


Workplace Impostor Thoughts: Theoretical Conceptualization, Construct Measurement, And Relationships With Work-Related Outcomes


“Insightful analysis of how we construct our identities at work.”

Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove, Thinkers50

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