Faculty Research Interests

The Management and Organization Department in the Smeal College of Business lists their research interests.

Forrest Briscoe

Organizational and institutional change
Corporate social responsibility
Employment practices and careers
Professional organizations
Social movements

Carolyn Dang

Behavioral ethics
Social justice
Workplace diversity

Denny Gioia

Cognitive processes in organizations
Organizational symbolism, sensemaking and sensegiving
Organizational identity, image and reputation
Change processes
Organizational learning and knowledge

Raghu Garud

Innovation processes
Technological innovation and organizational change

Don Hambrick

Executive leadership
Executive compensation
Corporate governance
Executive psychology
Top management teams

Stephen Humphrey

Design of work

Aparna Joshi

Multilevel issues in workplace diversity
Gender issues in science and engineering
Collaboration in global and distributed teams
Generational issues in the workplace
International and cross-cultural management

Glen Kreiner

Professional identity
Role transitions
Stigmatized dirty work
Emotions in the workplace
Social identification
Organization identity change
Grounded theory
Workers with cognitive disabilities
Leadership & identity

Razvan Lungeanu

Strategic decision-making through a behavioral lens.  Specifically, I consider how socio-cognitive factors, together with organizational resources, are relevant for our understanding of strategic decisions and outcomes in new ventures going public, including social enterprises, as well as in non-profit institutions.

Vilmos Misangyi

Executive Strategic Leadership
Executive Cognitions
Corporate Governance
Influence Processes
Institutional Complexity
Set-Theoretic Research Methods

Srikanth Paruchuri

Evolution of organizational capabilities (specifically R&D capabilities),
technologies, and industries.

Tim Pollock

Research focuses on the social construction of value in uncertain and ambiguous circumstances, particularly the contexts of corporate governance, executive compensation and entrepreneurial market environments, with a focus on the initial public offerings (IPO) market. I consider how social and political factors such as reputation, celebrity, social capital, impression management activities, media accounts, and the power of different actors influence IPO firm performance, survival, alliance formation activities, and executive recruitment and compensation. I am also interested in how entrepreneurs' experiences and organizational resource endowments influence their strategic decision making.

Linda Trevino

Management of ethical and unethical conduct in organizations, including academic dishonesty.  The work has focused on the antecedents and outcomes of ethical leadership, ethical culture, performance management systems, and the internal reporting of misconduct, and whistleblowing.  In recent years, the work has expanded to include an interest in internal and external reactions to organizational scandal, the role of organizational iconic figures, and the challenging role played by ethics and compliance officers in organizations.

Wenpin Tsai

My research focuses on how social capital and networks shape strategic behavior and organizational outcomes.  In particular, I examine multiplexity of network ties including social interaction, knowledge transfer, director board membership, alliance, and rivalry relationships at different levels.  I consider both perceptual and actual network ties, and highlight the discrepancies between them.  I show how coevolution of different network ties may reveal cooperative and competitive dynamics inside and across organizations and inform strategic decision making.  I have extended my investigation of social capital and networks to various contexts and relate to innovation, value creation, competitive actions/responses, and organizational change and performance consequences.   

Charlene Zietsma

Institutional change
Organizational field dynamics
Emotions and institutions
Institutional interventions
Social and sustainable innovation
Entrepreneurial processes
Entrepreneurial growth