Dale T. Miller

Professor, Organizational Behavior
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Dale T. Miller

The Class of 1968 / Ed Zschau Professor of Organizational Behavior

Professor of Psychology, School of Humanities and Sciences
BP Faculty Fellow in Global Management for 2023–2024
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Additional Administrative Titles

Professor of Psychology, School of Humanities and Sciences
Director, Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders

Research Statement

Dale Miller’s research focuses on various aspects of social and group behavior, including the impact of social norms on behavior, the role that justice considerations play in individual and organizational decisions, and the conditions under which individuals and organizations can be induced to change course.


Long interested in social norms, Professor Miller has investigated the processes underlying the development, transmission, and modification of group norms. He has been especially interested in the emergence and perpetuation of social norms that lack broad support. A second focus of his research is how the belief that one is moral develops and shapes one’s thoughts and actions. He has also studied and written on behavioral change strategies and interventions.

He has served on the editorial board of several scientific journals and currently serves on the editorial board of several scientific journals and currently serves on the editorial boards of the Social Justice Research, Motivational Science, and Psychological Inquiry. He has received numerous awards and has been a visiting fellow at both the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton.

At Stanford University since 2002, he is the Class of 1968 / Ed Zschau Professor of Organizational Behavior. He currently teaches the MBA Leadership Laboratory.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, University of Waterloo, 1975
  • BA, University of Victoria, 1971

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford University since 2002
  • Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, 2001–2002
  • Professor, Princeton University, 1986–2002
  • Visiting Professor, University of Michigan, 1983–1984
  • Associate Professor – Professor, Simon Fraser University, 1981–1986
  • Assistant – Associate Professor, University of British Columbia, 1977–1981
  • Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 1980–1981
  • Assistant Professor, University of Western Ontario, 1974–1977


Journal Articles

Jennifer E. Dannals, Emily S. Reit, Dale T. Miller
Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
November 2020 Vol. 161 Pages 213–227
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
Dale T. Miller, Jennifer E. Dannals, Julian J. Zlatev
Perspectives on Psychological Science
May 2017 Vol. 12 Issue 3 Pages 454-467
Stephanie C. Lin, Julian J. Zlatev, Dale T. Miller
Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
May 2017 Vol. 70 Pages 198-203
Jennifer E. Dannals, Dale T. Miller
Journal of Experimental Psychology: General
2017 Vol. 146 Issue 9 Pages 1342-1359
Julian J. Zlatev, Dale T. Miller
Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes
November 2016 Vol. 137 Pages 112-122
Dale T. Miller, D.A. Prentice
Annual Review of Psychology
August 7, 2015 Vol. 67 Issue 6 Pages 16-32
D.A. Effron , Dale T. Miller, Benoît Monin
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
2012 Vol. 103 Issue 6 Pages 916-922
A. Malka, Y. Lelkes, S. Srivastava, A.B. Cohen, Dale T. Miller
Political Psychology
2012 Vol. 33 Issue 2 Pages 275-299


Dale T. Miller

Book Chapters

Dale T. Miller, Benoît Monin
The Social Psychology of Morality
2016 Pages 40–55


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Insights by Stanford Business

March 10, 2021
New research shows that people of all ranks look to low-level peers for information about organizational social norms.
May 21, 2015
What the Nature Conservancy can teach other groups fighting for social change.
November 17, 2014
Giving gifts to donors is not always the best way to seek contributions.
October 10, 2014
Activism has catalyzed progress, but companies can be slow to evolve. How can activists know that their efforts matter? And what is the evidence that their work makes a difference?
August 28, 2014
Stanford GSB professor warns against an over-reliance on research in education decision-making and argues for a more nuanced approach that blends data and key practitioner insights.
June 02, 2014
People who choose to work in the social sector benefit from a sense of mission about their work. But how do social sector leaders sustain their motivation, commitment, and passion over the long haul?
March 20, 2014
Experienced board members from the Stanford community share their advice for choosing a first time board.
February 27, 2014
Dale Miller brings the expertise and experience of Stanford GSB faculty and alumni to consider the question, “Is nonprofit passé or overlooked?”

School News

April 01, 2009
Professors Anat Admati, Jonathan Berk, Charles Jones, Dale Miller, Jesper Sørensen, and Sarah Soule, have been honored with new academic titles.