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, Michael L. Slepian, Adam D. Galinsky
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. July
1 , 2019, Vol. 45, Issue 7, Pages 1129-1151

Past research has conceptualized secrecy as speech inhibition during social interaction. In contrast, the current research broadens the understanding of secrecy by conceptualizing it as the commitment to conceal information....

Dan J. Wang, Hayagreeva Rao, Sarah A. Soule
American Economic Review. June
2019, Vol. 84, Issue 3, Pages 420-458

When do protest organizations borrow issues or claims that are outside their traditional domains? Sociologists have examined the consequences of borrowing claims across movement boundaries, but not the antecedents of...

Charles A. O’Reilly
California Management Review. May
1 , 2019, Vol. 61, Issue 3, Pages 49-71

Facing imminent disruption, many large, established firms have embraced innovation as a way to develop new growth businesses. To succeed in the face of disruptive change requires established firms to...

Jennifer Chatman, Lindred Leura Greer, Eliot Sherman, Bernadette Doerr
Organization Science. April
1 , 2019, Vol. 30, Issue 2, Pages 235-445

We develop a theory explaining how collectivism causes people to “blur” demographic differences, that is, to see less diversity than actually exists in a group, and reconciling contradictions in how...

David W. Lehman, Kieran O'Connor..., Glenn R. Carroll
Review of General Psychology. March
1 , 2019, Vol. 23, Issue 1, Pages 19-31

Many individuals in advanced consumer economies prefer authentic producers, products, and services. An important but overlooked question concerns the psychology behind such preferences: How do individuals act on authenticity when they encounter it? We suggest that...

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...

Nir Halevy, Tamar A. Kreps, Carsten K.W. De Dreu
Social and Personality Psychology Compass. March
2019, Vol. 13, Issue 3

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...

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Nir Halevy, Taya R. Cohen
Negotiation and Conflict Management Research. February
27 , 2019, Vol. 12, Issue 2, Pages 161-173

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...

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
2019, Vol. 10

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...