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’ reactions to supervisor aggression: An examination of individual and situational factors. Journal of Applied Psychology, 97: 1148–1170.

Faculty

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., Long, D. M., Rodell, J. B., Halvorsen-Ganepola, M. D.K. , . Adding the ‘in’ to justice: A qualitative and quantitative investigation of the differential effects of justice and injustice. Journal of Applied Psychology, 100: 278–297.

Organizational Behavior: Leadership

In Their Words

Recent surveys show that over 85% of top executives rate leadership as one of the most important challenges they face. My research focuses on the relationships that develop, exchanges that occur, and interactions that take place between leaders and employees, exploring how we can improve these leadership dynamics within organizations.

Fadel Matta

Sample Papers

  • Matta, F. K., Soctt, B. A., Koopman, J., Conlon, D. E. , . Does seeing “eye to eye” affect work engagement and organizational citizenship behavior? A role theory perspective on LMX agreement. Academy of Management Journal, 58: 1686–1708.

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.

Faculty

Strategy: Corporate Governance

In Their Words

In large public firms the top executives have a huge impact on organizational outcomes. Our research investigates how these individuals are selected and evaluated through such topics as CEO succession, executive compensation, and the composition and effectiveness of boards of directors.

Scott Graffin

Sample Papers

  • Graffin, S. D., Boivie, S., Carpenter, M. , . Examining CEO succession and the role of heuristics in early-stage CEO evaluation. Strategic Management Journal, 34: 383–403.

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: Entrepreneurship

In Their Words

The path from an embryonic new venture to a successful firm is tumultuous and difficult for many entrepreneurs to navigate. In order for entrepreneurs to succeed, they are dependent on others for vital resources such as financial capital, legal representation, operational logistics, and strategic guidance. Research in the area focuses on how entrepreneurs can attain these resources by working to create effective entrepreneurial ecosystems that mutually benefit all of the founders and new ventures involved.

John Busenbark

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Strategy: Mergers and Acquisitions

In Their Words

Significant research demonstrates that, on average, acquisitions do not provide shareholders with positive financial returns. In spite of these findings, each year corporations continue to spend billions of dollars acquiring other firms. Our research examines what motivates executives to engage in acquisition behavior and influences the types of acquisitions that they undertake.

Daniel Gamache

Sample Papers

  • Gamache, D. L., McNamara, G., Mannor, M. J., Johnson, R. E. , . Motivated to acquire? The impact of CEO regulatory focus on firm acquisitions. Academy of Management Journal, 58: 1261–1282.

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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.