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

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...

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...

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...

Lindred Leura Greer, Lisanne Van Bunderen, Siyu Yu
Research in Organizational Behavior.
2018, Vol. in press

We review the new and growing body of work on power in teams and use this review to develop an emergent theory of how power impacts team outcomes. Our paper...

Shelley Correll
Gender & Society. December
1 , 2017, Vol. 31, Issue 6, Pages 725-750

The accumulation and advancement of gender scholarship over past decades has led us to the point where gender scholars today can leverage our deep understanding of the reproduction of gender...

Julian J. Zlatev, David P. Daniels, Hajin Kim, Margaret Ann Neale
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. December
2017, Vol. 114, Issue 52, Pages 13643-13648

Current theories suggest that people understand how to exploit common biases to influence others. However, these predictions have received little empirical attention. We consider a widely studied bias with special...

William P. Barnett
Strategy Science. December
2017, Vol. 2, Issue 4, Pages 212-219
Lushi Chen, Tao Gong, Michal Kosinski, David Stillwell, Robert L. Davidson
PLoS ONE. November
14 , 2017, Vol. 12, Issue 11

Subjective well-being includes ‘affect’ and ‘satisfaction with life’ (SWL). This study proposes a unified approach to construct a profile of subjective well-being based on social media language in Facebook status...

Michal Kosinski
Psychological Science. November
1 , 2017, Vol. 28, Issue 11, Pages 1675-1682

A growing number of studies have linked facial width-to-height ratio (fWHR) with various antisocial or violent behavioral tendencies. However, those studies have predominantly been laboratory based and low powered. This...

Charles A. O’Reilly, Bernadette Doerr, Jennifer A. Chatman
The Leadership Quarterly (in press). November

Although some researchers have suggested that narcissistic CEOs may have a positive influence on organizational performance (e.g., Maccoby, 2007; Patel & Cooper, 2014), a growing body of evidence suggests that...

Rebecca L. Schaumberg, Francis J. Flynn
Academy of Management. October
2017, Vol. 60, Issue 5, Pages 1859-1881

We posit a female advantage in the relationship between self-reliance and leadership evaluations. We test this prediction in four studies. First, using multi-rater evaluations of young managers, we find that...