Justin M. Berg

Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior

Justin M. Berg

Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior

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Research Statement

Justin M. Berg’s research focuses on creativity and innovation. He studies how to successfully develop, evaluate, and implement creative ideas in and outside organizations. This includes research on job crafting, which is the process of employees creatively redesigning their own jobs to better suit their personalities and interests.

Research Interests

  • Creativity
  • Innovation
  • Job Crafting


Berg received his PhD in management from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and his BA in organizational studies and psychology from the University of Michigan. He has done research with and consulted for a variety of organizations, including Cirque du Soleil, Google, VMware, Burt’s Bees, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. His work has been published in Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Organization Science, as well as featured in TIME, BusinessWeek, Fast Company, Forbes, The AtlanticWall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Harvard Business Review.

Prior to graduate school, Berg was an R&D Consultant for the Center for Positive Organizations at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. During this time, he led the invention of the Job Crafting™ Exercise (along with Jane Dutton and Amy Wrzesniewski), which is a tool that helps people creatively redesign their jobs.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 2015
  • BA, Organizational Studies and Psychology, University of Michigan

Awards and Honors

  • Hank McKinnell-Pfizer Inc. Faculty Scholar for 2019–2020
  • Hank McKinnell-Pfizer Inc. Faculty Fellow, 2018–2019
  • Best Published Paper Award, Academy of Management OMT Division, 2017
  • Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students, 2012
  • Finalist, Best Paper in Journal of Organizational Behavior, 2010
  • Finalist, Best Paper in Positive Organizational Scholarship, 2010


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