Organizational Behavior

The organizational behavior group is dedicated to advancing research, teaching, and practice regarding the management of organizations.

The group’s faculty members research fundamental questions in organizational behavior, from both a social psychological and a sociological perspective, and publish their research in books and in the top management and social science journals.

MBA courses in organizational behavior help students to understand behavior at both the individual and organization levels. Topics at the individual or “micro” level include individual motivation and behavior, decision-making, interpersonal communication and influence, small group behavior, and individual, dyadic, and intergroup conflict and cooperation. At the organization or “macro” level, topics include organizational growth, organizational change, organizational learning, organizations and leadership, power, social networks, and social responsibility.

More generally, the organizational behavior curriculum helps prepare students for their managerial careers, providing them with frameworks for diagnosing and dealing with the problems and opportunities that typically arise in organizational settings.

Recent Journal Articles in Organizational Behavior

Ashley Martin, Michael S. North, Katherine W. Phillips
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. March
1 , 2019, Vol. 45, Issue 3, Pages 342-359

Both older individuals and women are proscribed from engaging in power-related behaviors, with women proscribed from behaving agentically and older individuals expected to cede desirable resources through “Succession.” However, little...

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Nir Halevy, Taya R. Cohen
Negotiation and Conflict Management Research (in press). February
27 , 2019

The pervasiveness, persistence, and petrifying scope of intergroup conflict have fueled substantial scholarly interest in intergroup conflict across the social and biological sciences. Here we outline five questions that we...

Nir Halevy, Tamar A. Kreps, Carsten K.W. De Dreu
Social and Personality Psychology Compass. February
10 , 2019

Psychologists have long sought to understand how people experience, think, and communicate about situations. Psychology’s protracted journey toward understanding psychological situations recently took a momentous turn toward more rigorous conceptualization...

Neil Malhotra, Benoît Monin, Michael Tomz
American Political Science Review. February
2019, Vol. 113, Issue 1, Pages 19–37

Previous research has emphasized corporate lobbying as a pathway through which businesses influence government policy. This article examines a less-studied mode of influence: private regulation, defined as voluntary efforts by...

Seval Gündemir, Ashley Martin, Astrid C. Homan
Frontiers in Psychology. February

We present a review of the diversity ideologies literature from the target’s perspective. In particular, we focus on how diversity ideologies — beliefs or organizational practices with regards to how...

Ashley Martin, Katherine W. Phillips
Journal of Experimental Social Psychology (in press). January
23 , 2019

Women continue to be underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields. As such, there has been an increased interest in interventions to reduce bias against, and increase inclusion of, women in...

Elise Tak, Shelley J. Correll, Sarah A. Soule
Social Forces. January
22 , 2019

This paper develops and evaluates a theory of status belief transfer, the process by which gender status beliefs differentially affect the evaluations of products made by men and women. We...

Nir Halevy, Eliran Halali, Julian J. Zlatev
Academy of Management Annals. January
1 , 2019, Vol. 13, Issue 1, Pages 215-239

Brokerage and brokering are pervasive and consequential organizational phenomena. Prevailing models underscore social structure and focus on the consequences that come from brokerage—occupying a bridging position between disconnected others in a...

Glenn R. Carroll, Mi Feng, Yuanqiong He, Kieran O'Connor..., Lihua Wang
Journal of International Consumer Marketing.
2019, Vol. In press

This study explores how and when the institutionalized classification system for products (or services) in a specific national market domain affects consumer perceptions of authenticity. We argue that “type authenticity”...

David W. Lehman, Kieran O'Connor..., Glenn R. Carroll
Review of General Psychology.
2019, Vol. In press

Acting on Authenticity: Individual Interpretations and Behavioral Responses

Many individuals in advanced consumer economies prefer authentic producers, products, and services. An important but overlooked question concerns the psychology behind
Jennifer Chatman, Lindred Leura Greer, Eliot Sherman, Bernadette Doerr
Organization Science.
2019, Vol. in press

We develop and test a theory that reconciles contradictions regarding how collectivistic norms influence group performance. We draw on the perceived diversity literature to hypothesize that collectivistic norms cause group members to...

Matthew Corritore, Amir Goldberg, Sameer B. Srivastava
Administrative Science Quarterly.

How does cultural heterogeneity in an organization relate to its underlying capacity for execution and innovation? Existing literature often understands cultural diversity