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

Octavia H. Zahrt, Alia J. Crum
Preventive Medicine Reports. March
2020, Vol. 17
Julian J. Zlatev, Daniella M. Kupor, Kristin Laurin, Dale T. Miller
Journal of Personality & Social Psychology. February
2020, Vol. 118, Issue 2, Pages 242-253
Peter Belmi, Margaret Ann Neale, David Rieff, Rosemary Ulfe
Journal of Personality & Social Psychology. February
2020, Vol. 118, Issue 2, Pages 254-282
Arthur S. Jago, Jeffrey Pfeffer
Journal of Business Ethics. November
2019, Vol. 160, Issue 1, Pages 71-87
Takuya Sawaoka, Benoît Monin
Social Psychological and Personality Science. October
23, 2019
Michael Anne Kyle, Emma-Louise Aveling, Sara Singer
Medical Care Research and Review. October
15, 2019
Michael Anne Kyle, Lumumba Seegars, John M. Benson, Robert J. Blendon, Robert S. Huckman, Sara Singer
The Millbank Quarterly. September
9, 2019
Justin M. Berg
Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. September
2019, Vol. 154, Pages 96-117
Morgan Shields, Sara Scully, Heidi Sculman, Christina Borba, Nhi-Ha Trinh, Sara Singer
Community Mental Health Journal. August
2019, Vol. 55, Issue 6, Pages 916-923
Nir Halevy
Behavioral and Brain Sciences. August
2019, Vol. 42
Parker Goyer, Geoffrey Lawrence Cohen, Jonathan Cook, Allison Master, Nancy Apfel, Wonhee Lee, Amelia Henderson, Stephanie Reeves, Jason Okonofua, Gregory Walton
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. August
2019, Vol. 117, Issue 2, Pages 229-259
Rebecca Ferrer, Geoffrey Lawrence Cohen
Personality and Social Psychology Review. July
1, 2019, Vol. 23, Issue 3, Pages 285-304

Recent Insights on Organizational Behavior

January 9, 2020
Investments in employees, consumers, communities, and the environment vary widely. A new study reveals this range and the hurdles to measuring success.
Volunteer Lena Haug, a native of Santa Cruz, CA, waters plants at an urban gardening project. Credit: Reuters/Thomas Peter
December 10, 2019
Research shows we can be more creative by selecting better initial ideas.
A student brainstorms an idea. Credit: Elena Zhukova
December 6, 2019
Communication mistakes, job-stealing robots, and career-gap explanations captured reader attention this year.
A photo illustration kittens being poked by pixelated hand icons. Credit: Alvaro Dominguez
December 6, 2019
Stanford GSB professors recommend the books they’re most likely to give as presents over this year’s holiday season.
A stack of books being unwrapped. Credit: iStock/Thinglass
December 3, 2019
Good leaders recognize the negative consequences of pitting people and teams against each other.
Illustration of business team running. Credit: iStock/Olga Kurbatova
November 13, 2019
How bias creeps into the language of leadership.
Stanford GSB senior associate dean for academic affairs, Sarah A. Soule, smiling outdoors. Credit: Nancy Rothstein
November 4, 2019
Some may be bold leaders, but they create a dangerous corporate culture.
An employee works on a computer terminal against the backdrop of a picture of late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs at the Startup Village in Kinfra Hi-Tech Park. Credit: Reuters/Sivaram V
November 4, 2019
Strong leadership makes a difference when a big company faces disruption.
 Stanford GSB Professor Charles O’Reilly speaking with the Stanford Hoover Tower in the background. Credit: Mike Elwell
September 17, 2019
Shareholders penalize tech and finance companies for not hiring enough women, new research shows.
Men shown in the lobby with the Google logo reflected in the background. Credit: Reuters/Stephen Lam
August 19, 2019
A Stanford business professor infiltrates the ever-shifting world of eSports to unearth new lessons in corporate adaptability.
Illustration of gamers throwing balls. Credit: Rune Fisker
August 19, 2019
Our experts’ tips on small changes that can make or break your next presentation.
An audience member takes a photo of someone presenting on stage. Credit: iStock/Django
August 8, 2019
Focusing on craftwork and tradition works better than talking about moonlight and tea gods.
Women drink tea at a tea house in the Hongqiao Antique & Tea Center, downtown Shanghai. Credit: Reuters/Carlos Barria