Areas of Interest

Organizational Behavior: Ethics and Deviance

In Their Words

An unfortunate reality in today’s organizations is that people sometimes engage in behaviors that are counterproductive and sometimes unethical. My research seeks to understand the causes and consequences of such behaviors, and to examine which individual and work factors influence the nature of such destructive behaviors.

Marie Mitchell

Sample Papers

  • Mitchell, M. S., Ambrose, M. L. , . Employees’ behavioral reactions to supervisor aggression: An examination of individual and situational factors. Journal of Applied Psychology, 97: 1148–1170.

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Organizational Behavior: Justice and Fairness

In Their Words

Every one of us has reacted to some decision event with the sense that ‘this isn’t fair!’ Our research focuses on what causes people to feel that way, and how they respond when they do.

Jason Colquitt

Sample Papers

  • Colquitt, J. A., LePine, J. A., Piccolo, R. F., Zapata, C. P., Rich, B. L. , . Explaining the justice-performance relationship: Trust as exchange deepener or trust as uncertainty reducer?. Journal of Applied Psychology, 97: 1–15.

Organizational Behavior: Organizational Commitment

In Their Words

All employees are psychologically attached to the workplace with varying degrees and for different reasons. My research focuses not only on what causes commitment to weaken or strengthen over time, but also how that impacts the employee and the organization.

Robert Vandenberg

Sample Papers

  • Bentein, K., Vandenberg, R., Vandenverghe, C., Stinglhamber, F. , . The role of change in the relationship between commitment and turnover: A latent growth modeling approach. Journal of Applied Psychology, 90: 468–482.

Organizational Behavior: Regulating Emotions

In Their Words

Emotions are a big part of organizational life; understanding how to manage one's own emotions as well as how to help others' manage emotions can give employees an edge in most work environments. My research seeks to understand the consequences of such regulation for employees and for organizations.

Laura Little

Sample Papers

  • Little, L. M., Kluemper, D., Nelson, D., Ward, A. J. , . More than happy to help? Customer-focused emotion management strategies. Personnel Psychology, 66: 261–286.

Organizational Behavior: Volunteering

In Their Words

More and more Gen-Y and Facebook generation employees are turning to volunteering to look for more meaning in their working life. What kind of an effect does that have in their attitudes toward their employer?

Jessica Rodell

Sample Papers

  • Rodell, J. B. , . Finding meaning through volunteering: Why do employees volunteer and what does it mean for their jobs?. Academy of Management Journal, 56: 1274–1294.

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Strategy: Corporate Governance

In Their Words

Even in very large firms, relatively few people at the top have a huge impact on organizational outcomes. Our research investigates these individuals and groups through such topics as CEO compensation, executive succession, and the composition and effectiveness of boards of directors.

Christy Shropshire

Sample Papers

  • Shropshire, C. , . The role of the interlocking director and board receptivity in the diffusion of practices. Academy of Management Review, 35: 246–264.

Strategy: Corporate Reputation

In Their Words

Making sense of how well a firm or executive is performing at any given point in time is an uncertain endeavor. Our research examines how reputation or status may lead to very different outcomes, even for firms or executives experiencing comparable levels of performance.

Scott Graffin

Sample Papers

  • Graffin, S., Bundy, J., Porac, J., Wade, J., Quinn, D. , . Falls from grace and the hazards of high status: The 2009 British expense scandal and its impact on parliamentary elites. Administrative Science Quarterly, 58: 313–345.

Strategy: Mergers and Acquisitions

In Their Words

Even though firms have long been making acquisitions, we still don't fully understand why firms acquire, and the conditions that allow for more effective acquisitions. My research attempts to better understand when firms acquire, and which firms are the most successful.

John Haleblian

Sample Papers

  • Kim, J., Haleblian, J., Finkelstein, S. , . When firms are desperate to grow via acquisition: The effect of growth patterns and acquisition experience on acquisition premiums. Administrative Science Quarterly, 56: 26–60.

Strategy: Stakeholder Management

In Their Words

Crisis. Reputation. Responsibility. All are keywords that reflect stakeholders’ perceptions of the 21st-century organization and its impact on society. Thus, building, managing, and repairing relationships with its stakeholders has become central to the modern organization’s success, and a focus of our research.

Mike Pfarrer

Sample Papers

  • Zavyalova, A., Pfarrer, M. D., Reger, R. K., Shapiro, D. L. , . Managing the message: The effects of firm actions and industry spillovers on media coverage following wrongdoing. Academy of Management Journal, 55: 1079–1101.

Strategy: Top Management

In Their Words

Deserved or not, CEOs have become the face of the firm. They receive massive rewards with success and harsh scrutiny in failure. While one might think this attention means CEOs have unencumbered influence, their impact is often constrained by forces far beyond their control. We seek to understand these constraints by studying how, when, and to what extent CEOs impact firm outcomes.

Tim Quigley

Sample Papers

  • Quigley, T. J., Hambrick, D. C. , . When the former CEO stays on as board chair: Effects on successor discretion, strategic change, and performance. Strategic Management Journal, 33: 834–859.

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