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

Sameer B. Srivastava, Amir Goldberg, V. Govind Manian, Christopher Potts
Management Science. March
2018, Vol. 64, Issue 3, Pages 1348-1364

How do people adapt to organizational culture and what are the consequences for their outcomes in the organization? These fundamental questions about culture have previously been examined using self-report measures,...

Robert A. Burgelman, Steven W. Floyd, Tomi Laamanen, Saku Mantere, Eero Vaara, Rishard Whittington
Strategic Managemene Journal. March
2018, Vol. 39, Issue 3, Pages 531-558

Building on our review of the strategy process and practice research, we identify three ways to see the relationships between the two research traditions: complementary, critical, and combinatory views. We...

Hayagreeva Rao, Henrich R. Greve
Academy of Management Journal. February
28 , 2018, Vol. 61, Issue 1, Pages 5-25

Why are some communities resilient in the face of disasters, and why are others unable to recover? We suggest that two mechanisms matter: the framing of the cause of the...

Arthur S. Jago, Jeffrey Pfeffer
Journal of Business Ethics. February
3 , 2018, Pages 1-17

Both individuals and organizations can (and do) engage in unethical behaviors. Across six experiments, we examine how people’s ethical judgments are affected by whether the agent engaging in unethical action...

Michal Kosinski, Yilun Wang
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. February
2018, Vol. 114, Issue 2, Pages 246-257

We show that faces contain much more information about sexual orientation than can be perceived and interpreted by the human brain. We used deep neural networks to extract features from...

Alison T. Wynn, Shelley Correll
Social Studies of Science. February
2018, Vol. 48, Issue 1, Pages 149-164

A ‘chilly’ environment limits women’s advancement through the educational pipeline leading to jobs in science and technology. However, we know relatively little about the environment women encounter after making it...

Glenn R. Carroll, Dennis Ray Wheaton
Consumption, Markets and Culture.
2018, Vol. 21

This study explores the social history of the tiki bar and associated phenomena from its origins in the 1930s up to the present. In doing so we aim to contribute...

Adina Sterling, Roberto M. Fernandez
Management Science (forthcoming).

Women pursue managerial credentials at nearly the same rate as men but evidence suggests they receive lower salaries from the onset of their managerial careers. While demand-side contributions to this...

Lindred Leura Greer, Lisanne Van Bunderen, Siyu Yu
Research in Organizational Behavior.
2018, Vol. in press

We review the new and growing body of work on power in teams and use this review to develop an emergent theory of how power impacts team outcomes. Our paper...

Jeffrey Pfeffer
Academy of Management Discoveries.
2018, Vol. 4, Issue 1, Pages 94-96

No abstract available.

Hayagreeva Rao, Sunasir Dutta
Strategy Science. December
12 , 2017, Vol. 3, Issue 1, Pages 313-322

We extend the emergent lens on strategy formulation by arguing that great strategies arise from insurgent identity movements. In motivating the paper, we depict Steve Jobs as an activist constituted...

Shelley Correll
Gender & Society. December
1 , 2017, Vol. 31, Issue 6, Pages 725-750

The accumulation and advancement of gender scholarship over past decades has led us to the point where gender scholars today can leverage our deep understanding of the reproduction of gender...