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

Nir Halevy, Eliran Halali, Julian J. Zlatev
Academy of Management Annals (in-press). October
15 , 2018

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...

Peter Belmi, Jeffrey Pfeffer
Journal of Organizational Behavior. October
2018, Vol. 39, Issue 8, Pages 990-1007

Competence and sociability (warmth) are fundamental dimensions of social judgment in organizations. However, these qualities are frequently seen as negatively related, with mixed evidence on which is more important. In...

Aruna Ranganathan
Administrative Science Quarterly. September
1 , 2018, Vol. 63, Issue 3, Pages 637-667

Using ethnographic, experimental, and survey data from a handicraft cluster in southern India, this paper reports on a study of when and why people who identify with their work might...

Nir Halevy, Sora Jun, Eileen Y. Chou
Journal of Business Ethics (in press). September

Is reducing large-scale intergroup conflict the business of corporations? Although large corporations can use their power and prominence to reduce intergroup conflict in society, it is unclear to what extent...

J.M. Rohrer, B. Egloff, Michal Kosinski, S.C. Schmukle
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. August
2018, Vol. 115, Issue 2, Pages 304–320

Do others perceive the personality changes that take place between the ages of 14 and 29 in a similar fashion as the aging person him- or herself? This cross-sectional study...

David W. Lehman, Balázs Kovács, Glenn R. Carroll
Socius. August
2018, Vol. 2018

Organizations normally benefit from being perceived as authentic. Yet an ongoing puzzle persists about self-claims of authenticity: while the weight of findings suggests that individuals will devalue organizations touting themselves...

Dan Wang, Alessandro Piazza, Sarah A. Soule
Annual Reviews of Sociology. July
2018, Vol. 44, Pages 167-187

Social movement scholarship has increasingly sought to understand the relational dynamics of internal movement activity, from investigating the factors that enable movement coalitions to analyzing the trade-offs of organizational hybridity....

Gideon Nave, Juri Minxha, David M. Greenberg, Michal Kosinski, David Stillwell, Jason Rentfrow
Psychological Science. July
2018, Vol. 29, Issue 7, Pages 1145–1158

Research over the past decade has shown that various personality traits are communicated through musical preferences. One limitation of that research is external validity, as most studies have assessed individual...

Julien Clement, Andrew Shipilov, Charles Galunic
Administrative Science Quarterly. June
1 , 2018, Vol. 63, Issue 2, Pages 251-286

Although much is known about how brokerage positions in social networks help individuals improve their own performance, we know little about the impact of brokers on those around them. Our...

Lisanne Van Bunderen, Lindred Leura Greer, Daan Van Knippenberg
Academy of Management Journal. June
2018, Vol. 61, Pages 1100-1130

Organizational teams frequently come into conflict with one another over limited resources. Prevailing wisdom suggests that such inter-team resource conflicts unite teams internally, reducing intra-team power struggles. However, conflict spill-over...

Ashley Martin, Michael L. Slepian
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin (forthcoming). May
28 , 2018, Pages 1-16

The propensity to “gender”—or conceptually divide entities by masculinity versus femininity—is pervasive. Such gendering is argued to hinder gender equality, as it reifies the bifurcation of men and women into...

L. Taylor Phillips, Brian Lowery
Safe Journals. May
1 , 2018, Vol. 27, Issue 3, Pages 156-162

Despite overwhelming evidence of its existence, White privilege has received relatively little attention in psychological science. However, given the chronic and pervasive benefits tied to racial privilege, it stands to...