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

David W. Lehman, Kieran O'Connor..., Glenn R. Carroll
Review of General Psychology.
2019, Vol. In press

Acting on Authenticity: Individual Interpretations and Behavioral Responses

Many individuals in advanced consumer economies prefer authentic producers, products, and services. An important but overlooked question concerns the psychology behind
Rachel Wetts, Robb Willer
Social Forces. December
2018, Vol. 97, Issue 2, Pages 793-822

Here, we integrate prior work to develop and test a theory of how perceived macro-level trends in racial standing shape whites’ views of welfare policy. We argue that when whites...

Daniel Q. Gillion, Sarah A. Soule
Social Science Quarterly. November
2018, Vol. 99, Issue 5, Pages 1649-1664


The objective of this study was to understand the effect of citizen mobilization on both electoral outcomes and on the likelihood that new candidates will enter races to challenge...

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...

Brent Simpson, Robb Willer, Matthew Feinberg
Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World. October
11 , 2018, Vol. 4, Pages 1-14

How do people respond to violent political protest? The authors present a theory proposing that the use of violence leads the general public to view a protest group as less...

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...

Takuya Sawaoka, Benoît Monin
Psychological Science. October
2018, Vol. 29, Issue 10, Pages 1665-1678

Moral outrage has traditionally served a valuable social function, expressing group values and inhibiting deviant behavior, but the exponential dynamics of Internet postings make this expression of legitimate individual outrage...

Danilo Garcia, Karl Drejing, Clara Amato, Michal Kosinski, Sverker Sikstrom
Frontiers in Psychology. September
13 , 2018, Vol. 9

Research suggests that humans have the tendency to increase the valence of events when these are imagined to happen in the future, but to decrease the valence when the same...

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...