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

Lisanne Van Bunderen, Lindred Leura Greer, Daan Van Knippenberg
Academy of Management Journal. June
2018, Vol. in press

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...

Chip Heath, David Dunning, Jerry M. Suls
Perspectives on Psychological Science. March
1 , 2018, Vol. 13, Issue 2, Pages 185-189

We reflect back on our 2004 monograph reviewing the implications of faulty self-judgment for health, education, and the workplace. The review proved popular, no doubt because the importance of accurate...

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,...

Eliran Halali, Anna Dorfman, Sora Jun, Nir Halevy
Social Psychological and Personality Science. March
2018, Vol. 9, Issue 2, Pages 254-262

Intergroup interactions allow members of advantaged groups to cooperate with in-group and out-group members alike (universal cooperation), cooperate with in-group members exclusively (parochial cooperation), or withhold cooperation altogether. These behaviors...

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...

Paul DiMaggio, Amir Goldberg
European Journal of Sociology. February
21 , 2018, Pages 1-39

Economic sociologists agree that economic rationality is constructed and that morality and economic interests intersect. Yet we know little about how people organize economic beliefs or judge the morality of...

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...