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

Elizabeth Pontikes, William P. Barnett
Administrative Science Quarterly. March
1 , 2017, Vol. 62, Issue 1, Pages 140-178

Salient successes and failures, such as spectacular venture capital investments or agonizing bankruptcies, affect collective beliefs about the viability of particular markets. We argue that collective sense-making in the wake...

William P. Barnett, Daniel Levinthal
Strategy Science. March
2017, Vol. 2, Issue 1, Pages i-v
David Daniels, Margaret Ann Neale, Lindred Leura Greer
Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. March
2017, Vol. 139, Pages 92-105

Diversity research has long assumed that individuals’ perceptions of diversity are accurate, consistent with normative theories of judgments in economics and decision theory. We challenge this assumption. In six experiments,...

Elizabeth Pontikes, William P. Barnett
Strategy Science. March
2017, Vol. 2, Issue 1, Pages 64-82

A coevolutionary perspective on knowledge strategy is developed, where variant positions in knowledge space are predicted to result in differential advantages in product space.  In particular, advantages to being both...

John-Paul Ferguson, Gianluca Carnabuci
Organization Science. February
8 , 2017, Vol. 28, Issue 1, Pages 133-151

Theories of innovation and technical change posit that inventions that combine knowledge across technology domains have greater impact than inventions drawn from a single domain. The evidence for this claim...

Daniel A. Newark, Vanessa K. Bohns, Francis J. Flynn
Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. January
20 , 2017, Vol. 139, Pages 18-29

Whether people seek help depends on their estimations of both the likelihood and the value of getting it. Although past research has carefully examined how accurately help-seekers predict whether their...

Michal Kosinski, Wu Youyou, Andrew Schwartz, David Stillwell
Psychological Science. January
6 , 2017, Pages 1-9

Friends and spouses tend to be similar in a broad range of characteristics, such as age, educational level, race, religion, attitudes, and general intelligence. Surprisingly, little evidence has been found...

Catherine H. Tinsley, James B. Wade, Brian G. Main, Charles A. O’Reilly
ILR Review. January
2017, Vol. 70, Issue 1, Pages 160-189

Despite rhetoric supporting the advancement of women on corporate boards, meager evidence supports significant progress over the past decade in the United States. The authors examine archival board data (for...

Adina Sterling, Jennifer Merluzzi
ILR Review. January
2017, Vol. 70, Issue 1, Pages 105-131

While prior research has suggested that network-based hiring in the form of referrals can lead to better career outcomes, few studies have tested whether such career advantages differ across demographic...

Amir Goldberg, Sameer B. Srivastava, V. Govind Manian, William Monroe, Christopher Potts
American Sociological Review. December
1 , 2016, Vol. 81, Issue 6, Pages 1190-1222

A recurring theme in sociological research is the tradeoff between fitting in and standing out. Prior work examining this tension has tended

Michal Kosinski, Yilun Wang, Himabindu Lakkaraju, Jure Leskovec
Psychological Methods. December
2016, Vol. 21, Issue 4, Pages 493-506

This article aims to introduce the reader to essential tools that can be used to obtain insights and build predictive models using large data sets. Recent user proliferation in the...

Julian J. Zlatev, Dale T. Miller
Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes. November
2016, Vol. 137, Pages 112-122

Existing research shows that appeals to self-interest sometimes increase and sometimes decrease prosocial behavior. We propose that this inconsistency is in part due to the framings of these appeals. Different...