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The Organisational Behaviour subject group

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About the subject group

The Organisational Behaviour (OB) group aspires to promote simultaneously our basic understanding of individual and group behaviour at all levels within organisations and the translation of our scientific research into practical implications that have significant executive and corporate value. To achieve and promote our integrative approach of both basic and practical research we focus on developing local, national, and international collaborations with leading scholars (in OB and other related fields), business leaders, and major corporations.

Our group’s current research interests include the following topics:

  • Leadership and emotions 
  • Psychometric measurement, big data, and people analytics
  • Decision making
  • Cross-cultural management
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Teams

The Organisational Behaviour group conducts mixed-methods research, largely (but not exclusively) drawing on experimental, survey, archival, and qualitative data collected in international contexts. The group runs the Experimental Laboratory at Cambridge Judge Business School, and regularly offers developmental internal seminars as well as seminars with external speakers. In addition to conducting basic research, the group is dedicated to making the translation from science to practice and as such encourages strongly that scholarly publications are accompanied with practitioner publications documenting on the implications of our basic scientific studies. The group is active in the PhD programme and welcomes involvement at all levels, from hosting visiting professors to working with student research volunteers.

Our teaching is provided at the undergraduate, MPhil, MBA, Executive MBA and executive education levels, including courses such as organisational behaviour, negotiations, and leadership.

Faculty

  • Feduzi, Alberto
    Management Practice Associate Professor, Academic Director of the Master of Studies in Entrepreneurship Programme
  • Goodall, Keith
    Senior Faculty in Management Practice
  • Kim, Yeun Joon
    Associate Professor in Organisational Behaviour
  • Menges, Jochen
    Associate Professor in Organisational Behaviour
  • Richter, Andreas
    Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Head of the Organisational Behaviour Subject Group
  • Stillwell, David
    Professor of Computational Social Science, Academic Director of the Psychometrics Centre
  • Vecchi, Patrizia
    Assistant Professor in Organisational Behaviour

Research & teaching staff

  • Croton, Johanna
    Experimental Lab Manager, Cambridge Experimental & Behavioural Economics Group

PhD students

Honorary appointments

Publishing output

To achieve its aims the Organisation Behaviour group is focused on conducting rigorous and cutting-edge research that is published in both major OB outlets, such as Journal of Applied PsychologyAcademy of Management JournalOrganization ScienceOrganizational Behaviour and Human Decision Processes, and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and managerial and practitioner-focused outlets such as Harvard Business Review.

2022

Blickle, G., Kranefeld, I., Wihler, A., Kückelhaus, B.P. and Menges, J.I. (2022) “It works without words: a nonlinguistic ability test of perceiving emotions with job-related consequences.” European Journal of Psychological Assessment (DOI: 10.1027/1015-5759/a000656) (published online Jun 2021)

Clarke, R.*, Richter, A.W.* and Kilduff, M. (2022) “One tie to capture advice and friendship: leader multiplex centrality effects on team performance change.” Journal of Applied Psychology (*equal authorship) (DOI: 10.1037/apl0000979) (published online Oct 2021)

Feduzi, A., Faulkner, P., Runde, J., Cabantous, L. and Loch, C. (2022) “Heuristic methods for updating small world representations in strategic situations of Knightian uncertainty.” Academy of Management Review (DOI: 10.5465/amr.2018.0235) (published online Oct 2020)

Goodall, K. and Petersen, D. (2022) “Management education in China.” In: Nolan, J. and Kamoche, K. (eds.) The Routledge handbook of Chinese business and management. Abingdon: Routledge (forthcoming)

Howe, L.C. and Menges, J.I. (2022) “Remote work mindsets predict emotions and productivity in home office: a longitudinal study of knowledge workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.” Human-Computer Interaction (DOI: 10.1080/07370024.2021.1987238) (published online Nov 2021)

Kim, Y.J., Toh, S.M. and Baik, S. (2022) “Culture creation and change: making sense of the past to inform future research agendas.” Journal of Management (forthcoming)

Landis, B., Fisher, C.M. and Menges, J.I. (2022) “How employees react to unsolicited and solicited advice in the workplace: implications for using advice, learning, and performance.” Journal of Applied Psychology (DOI: 10.1037/apl0000876) (published online 2021)

Luan, Y and Kim Y.J. (2022) “An integrative model of new product evaluation: a systematic investigation of perceived novelty and product evaluation in the movie industry.” PLOS ONE (forthcoming)

Taylor, C.L., Ivcevic, Z., Moeller, J., Menges, J.I., Reiter-Palmon, R. and Brackett, M.A. (2022) “Gender and emotions at work: organizational rank has greater emotional benefits for men than women.” Sex Roles, 86(1-2): 127-142 (DOI: 10.1007/s11199-021-01256-z)

Tierney, W., Kim, Y.J. et al (2022) “A creative destruction approach to replication: implicit work and sex morality across cultures.” Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 93: 104060 (DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2020.104060)

Tussing, D.V., Wihler, A., Astandu, T.V. and Menges, J.I. (2022) “Should I stay or should I go? The role of individual strivings in shaping the relationship between envy and avoidance behaviors at work.” Journal of Organizational Behavior (DOI: 10.1002/job.2593) (published online Dec 2021)

Wihler, A., Hülsheger, U.R., Reb, J. and Menges, J.I. (2022) “It’s so boring – or is it? Examining the role of mindfulness for work performance and attitudes in monotonous jobs.” Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology (DOI: 10.1111/joop.12370) (published online Sep 2021)

2021

Faulkner, P., Feduzi, A., McCann Jr, C.R. and Runde, J. (eds.) (2021) “Special issue on F.H. Knight’s Risk, uncertainty, and profit and J.M. Keynes’ Treatise on probability after 100 years.” Cambridge Journal of Economics, 45(5)

Faulkner, P., Feduzi, A., McCann Jr, C.R. and Runde, J. (2021) “F.H. Knight’s Risk, uncertainty, and profit and J.M. Keynes’ Treatise on probability after 100 years.” Cambridge Journal of Economics, 45(5): 857-882 (DOI: 10.1093/cje/beab035)

Howe, L.C., Jachimowicz, J.M. and Menges, J.I. (2021) “Your job doesn’t have to be your passion.” Harvard Business Review, 4 June 2021

Howe, L.C., Menges, J.I. and Monks, J. (2021) “Leaders, don’t be afraid to talk about your fears and anxieties.” Harvard Business Review, 18 August 2021

Ivcevic, Z., Moeller, J., Menges, J. and Brackett, M. (2021) “Supervisor emotionally intelligent behavior and employee creativity.” Journal of Creative Behavior, 55(1): 79-91 (DOI: 10.1002/jocb.436)

Jachimowicz, J.M., Lee, J., Staats, B., Gino, F. and Menges, J.I. (2021) “Between home and work: commuting as an opportunity for role transitions.” Organization Science, 32(1): 64-85 (DOI: 10.1287/orsc.2020.1370)

Peters, H., Kyngdon, A. and Stillwell, D. (2021) “Construction and validation of a games-based intelligence assessment in Minecraft.” Computers in Human Behavior, 119C (DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2021.106701)

Runde, J., Feduzi, A. and Cabantous, L. (2021) “Commentary on Brian T. McCann’s ‘Bayesian updating’.” California Management Review, 25 April 2021

Rust, J., Kosinski, M. and Stillwell, D. (2021) “Item response theory and computer adaptive testing.” In: Rust, J., Kosinski, M. and Stillwell, D. (eds.) Modern psychometrics. Abingdon: Routledge, 4th edition, pp.76-92

Rust, J., Kosinski, M. and Stillwell, D. (2021) Modern psychometrics: the science of psychological assessment. Abingdon: Routledge, 4th edition.

2020

Ivcevic, Z., Menges, J.I. and Miller, A. (2020) “How common is unethical behavior in U.S. organizations?” Harvard Business Review, 20 March 2020

Howe, L.C., Whillans, A. and Menges, J.I. (2020) “How to (actually) save time when you’re working remotely.” Harvard Business Review, 24 August 2020

Kim, Y.J., McRuer, G. and Hirsh, J.B. (2020) “Creativity in the workplace.” In: Carducci, B.J. (ed.) The Wiley encyclopedia of personality and individual differences: vol.iv: Clinical, applied, and cross-cultural research. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, pp.465-470

Kim, Y.J. and Kim, J. (2020) “Does negative feedback benefit (or harm) recipient creativity? The role of the direction of feedback flow.” Academy of Management Journal, 63(2): 584–612 (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2016.1196)

Kim, Y.J. and Meeker, A. (2020) “A subordinate’s criticism makes you more creative.” Harvard Business Review, Mar-Apr

Tang, S., Richter, A.W. and Nadkarni, S. (2020) “Subjective time in organizations: conceptual clarification, integration, and implications for future research.” Journal of Organizational Behavior, 41(2): 210-234 (DOI: 10.1002/job.2421)

2019

Kim, Y.J. and Toh, S.M. (2019) “Stuck in the past? The influence of a leader’s past cultural experience on group culture and positive and negative group deviance.” Academy of Management Journal, 62(3): 944–969 (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2016.1322)

Matz, S.C., Menges, J.I., Stillwell, D.J. and Schwartz, H.A. (2019) “Predicting individual-level income from Facebook profiles.” PLoS ONE, 14(3): e0214369 (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0214369)

Matz, S.C., Segalin, C., Stillwell, D., Müller, S.R. and Bos, M.W. (2019) “Predicting the personal appeal of marketing images using computational methods.” Journal of Consumer Psychology, 29(3): 370-390 (DOI: 10.1002/jcpy.1092)

Mullett, T.L., Brown, G.D.A., Fincher, C.L., Kosinski, M. and Stillwell, D. (2019) “Individual-level analyses of the impact of parasite stress on personality: reduced openness only for older individuals.” Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 46(1): 79-93 (DOI: 10.1177/0146167219843918)

Wilhelm, H., Richter, A.W.* and Semrau, T.* (2019) “Employee learning from failure: a team-as-resource perspective.” Organization Science, 30(4): 694-714 (*equal authorship) (DOI: 10.1287/orsc.2018.1255) (short version published in Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings 2014)

2018

Feduzi, A., Runde, J., Cabantous, L., Faulkner, P. and Loch, C. (2018) “Updating ‘small world representations’ in strategic decision-making under extreme uncertainty.” Academy of Management Proceedings, 2018(1) (DOI: 10.5465/AMBPP.2018.141)

Gil-Lopez, T., Shen, C., Benefield, G.A., Palomares, N.A., Kosinski, M. and Stillwell, D. (2018) “One size fits all: context collapse, self-presentation strategies and language styles on Facebook.” Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 23(3): 127-145 (DOI: 10.1093/jcmc/zmy006)

Goodall, K. and Ponomareva, Y. (2018) “Building an LNG tank in the Russian Arctic: scientific management in the snow.” In: Casas i Klett, T. and Ponomareva, Y. (eds.) The life of Russian business: (re)cognizing, (re)activating, and (re)configuring institutions. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, pp.93-96

Knight, A., Menges, J.I. and Bruch, H. (2018) “Organizational affective tone: a meso perspective on the origins and effects of consistent affect in organizations.” Academy of Management Journal, 61(1): 191-219 (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2016.0671)

Kulkarni, V., Kern, M.L., Stillwell, D., Kosinski, M., Matz, S., Ungar, L., Skiena, S. and Schwartz, H.A. (2018) “Latent human traits in the language of social media: an open-vocabulary approach.” PLoS ONE, 14(3): e0214369 (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0201703)

Landis, B., Kilduff, M., Menges, J.I. and Kilduff, G. (2018) “The paradox of agency: feeling powerful reduces brokerage opportunity recognition yet increases willingness to broker.” Journal of Applied Psychology, 103(8): 929-938 (DOI: 10.1037/apl0000299)

Mahalingam, V., Palkovics, M., Kosinski, M., Cek, I. and Stillwell, D. (2018) “A computer adaptive measure of delay discounting.” Assessment, 25(8): 1036-1055 (DOI: 10.1177/1073191116680448)

Marineau, J.E., Labianca, G.(J.), Brass, D.J., Borgatti, S.P. and Vecchi, P. (2018) “Individuals’ power and their social network accuracy: a situated cognition perspective.” Social Networks, 54: 145–161 (DOI: 10.1016/j.socnet.2018.01.006)

Matz, S.C., Kosinski, M., Nave, G. and Stillwell, D.J. (2018) “Reply to Eckles et al.: Facebook’s optimization algorithms are highly unlikely to explain the effects of psychological targeting.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(23): E5256-E5257 (DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1806854115)

Matz, S.C., Kosinski, M., Nave, G. and Stillwell, D. (2018) “Reply to Sharp et al.: Psychological targeting produces robust effects.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(34): E7891-E7891 (DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1811106115)

Mo, F., Zhou, J., Kosinski, M. and Stillwell, D. (2018) “Usage patterns and social circles on Facebook among elderly people with diverse personality traits.” Educational Gerontology, 44(4): 265-275 (DOI: 10.1080/03601277.2018.1459088)

Moeller, J., Ivcevic, Z., White, A.E., Menges, J.I. and Brackett, M.A. (2018) “Highly engaged but burned-out: intra-individual profiles in the US workforce.” Career Development International, 23(1): 86-105 (DOI: 10.1108/CDI-12-2016-0215)

Nave, G., Minxha, J., Greenberg, D.M., Kosinski, M., Stillwell, D. and Rentfrow, J. (2018) “Musical preferences predict personality: evidence from active listening and Facebook likes.” Psychological Science, 29(7): 1145-1158 (DOI: 10.1177/0956797618761659)

Rohrer, J.M., Egloff, B., Kosinski, M., Stillwell, D. and Schmukle, S.C. (2018) “In your eyes only? Discrepancies and agreement between self- and other-reports of personality from age 14 to 29.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 115(2): 304-320 (DOI: 10.1037/pspp0000142)

Yaden, D.B., Eichstaedt, J.C., Kern, M.L., Smith, L.K., Buffone, A., Stillwell, D.J., Kosinksi, M., Ungar, L.H., Seligman, M.E.P. and Schwartz, H.A. (2018) “The language of religious affiliation: social, emotional, and cognitive differences.” Social Psychological and Personality Science, 9(4): 444-452 (DOI: 10.1177/1948550617711228)

2017

Bonneville-Roussy, A., Stillwell, D. and Kosinski, M. (2017) “Age trends in musical preferences in adulthood: 1. Conceptualization and empirical investigation.” Musicae Scientiae, 21: 531 (DOI: 10.1177/1029864917691571)

Chen, L., Gong T., Kosinski, M., Stillwell, D. and Davidson, R.L. (2017) “Building a profile of subjective well-being for social media users.” PLoS ONE, 12(11): e0187278 (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0187278)

Conroy, S., Becker, W. and Menges, J.I. (2017) “The meaning of my feelings depends on who I am: work-related identifications shape emotion effects in organizations.” Academy of Management Journal, 60(3): 1071-1093 (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2014.1040)

Faulkner, P., Feduzi, A. and Runde, J.H. (2017) “Unknowns, Black Swans and the risk/uncertainty distinction.” Cambridge Journal of Economics, 41(5): 1279-1302 (DOI: 10.1093/cje/bex035)

Feduzi, A., Runde, J.H. and Zappia, C. (2017) “De Finetti and Savage on the normative relevance of imprecise reasoning: a reply to Arthmar and Brady.” History of Economic Ideas, 25(1): 211-223 (DOI: 10.19272/201706101009)

Feldman, G., Lian, H., Kosinski, M. and Stillwell, D. (2017) “Frankly, we do give a damn: the relationship between profanity and honesty.” Social Psychological and Personality Science, 8(7): 816-826 (DOI: 10.1177/1948550616681055)

Gino, F., Staats, B., Jachimowicz, J.M., Lee, J. and Menges, J.I. (2017) “Reclaim your commute.” Harvard Business Review, May-June: 149-153

Kunze, F. and Menges, J.I. (2017) “Younger supervisors, older subordinates: an organizational-level study of age differences, emotions, and performance.” Journal of Organizational Behavior, 38(4): 461-486 (DOI: 10.1002/job.2129)

Kim, Y.J. and Zhong, C.B. (2017) “Ideas rise from chaos: information structure and creativity.” Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 138: 15-27 (DOI: 10.1016/j.obhdp.2016.10.001)

Loe, B.S., Stillwell, D. and Gibbons, C. (2017) “Computerized adaptive testing provides reliable and efficient depression measurement using the CES-D scale.” Journal of Medical Internet Research, 19(9): e302 (DOI: 10.2196/jmir.7453)

Matz, S.C., Gladstone, J.J. and Stillwell, D. (2017) “In a world of big data, small effects can still matter: a reply to Boyce, Daly, Hounkpatin, and Wood (2017).” Psychological Science, 28(4): 547-550 (DOI: 10.1177/0956797617697445)

Matz, S.C., Kosinski, M., Nave, G. and Stillwell, D.J. (2017) “Psychological targeting in digital mass persuasion.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(48): 12714-12719 (DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1710966114)

Matz, S., Kosinski, M., Stillwell, D. and Nave, G. (2017) “Psychological framing as an effective approach to real-life persuasive communication.” In: Gneezy, A., Griskevicius, V. and Williams, P. (eds.) Advances in consumer research (vol.45). Duluth, MN: Association for Consumer Research, pp.276-281

Mao, M., Stillwell, D., Kosinski, M. and Good, D. (2017) “Testing ageing theory among later middle-aged and older users using social media.” In: Companion of the 2017 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, 25 February-1 March 2017, Portland, OR. New York, NY: Association for Computing Machinery, pp.247–250 (DOI: 10.1145/3022198.3026352)

Menges, J.I. (2017) “Charisma.” In: Moghaddam, F.M. (ed.) The SAGE encyclopedia of political behavior: vol.1. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, pp.81-84

Menges, J.I., Tussing, D., Wihler, A. and Grant, A. (2017) “When job performance is all relative: how family motivation energizes effort and compensates for intrinsic motivation.” Academy of Management Journal, 60(2): 695-719 (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2014.0898)

Park, G., Schwartz, H.A., Sap, M., Kern, M.L., Weingarten, E., Eichstaedt, J.C., Berger, J., Stillwell, D.J., Kosinski, M., Ungar, L.H. and Seligman, M.E.P. (2017) “Living in the past, present, and future: measuring temporal orientation with language.” Journal of Personality, 85(2): 270-280 (DOI: 10.1111/jopy.12239)

Segalin, C., Celli, F.. Polonio, L., Kosinski, M., Stillwell, D., Sebe, N., Cristani, M. and Lepri, B. (2017) “What your Facebook profile picture reveals about your personality.” In: Proceedings of the ACM international conference on multimedia (25th), 23-27 October 2017, Mountain View, CA. New York, NY: Association for Computing Machinery, pp.460-468 (DOI: 10.1145/3123266.3123331)

Wie, X. and Stillwell, D. (2017) “How smart does your profile image look? Estimating intelligence from social network profile images.” In: Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (10th), 6-10 February 2017, Cambridge, UK. New York, NY: Association for Computing Machinery, pp.33-40 (DOI: 10.1145/3018661.3018663)

Youyou, W., Stillwell, D., Schwartz, H.A. and Kosinski, M. (2017) “Birds of a feather do flock together: behavior-based personality-assessment method reveals personality similarity among couples and friends.” Psychological Science, 28(3): 276-284 (DOI: 10.1177/0956797616678187)

Industry engagement

The Organisational Behaviour (OB) group is keen to engage with companies and organisations on collaborative research projects, which can benefit those on the field while also leading to academic publications in top journals.

The OB group, through their work and knowledge, can help you conduct an assessment of your organisation’s culture, climate and creative potential, it can support you in developing the leadership and decision-making capacity of your team leaders and managers and it can favour the identification of ways to improve employees’ morale and motivation. While these are examples based on existing projects the group has been involved in, faculty members welcome proposals for new projects and contributions.

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Upcoming seminars

Easter 2022

Fear and courage in organisations
Jim Detert, University of Virginia
11:00-12:30, 8 June 2022
Seminar Room 2, Cambridge Judge Business School

Previous seminars

Easter 2022

Rejecting novel ideas: The role of manager status and territoriality
Vijaya Venkataramani, Associate Professor, R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland
14:00-15:30, 20 May 2022
Room S2.01 (Seminar Room 4), Cambridge Judge Business School

Lent 2022

Unlocking creative potential: Reappraising emotional events facilitates creativity for conventional thinkers
Chris Bauman, Associate Professor, UCI Paul Merage School of Business
12:00-14:30, 3 February 2022
Room W2.01, Cambridge Judge Business School

One-hit wonders versus hit makers: Sustaining success in creative industries
Chris Bauman, Associate Professor, UCI Paul Merage School of Business
15:00-16:30, 15 March 2022
Online

Lent 2021

The bias for talent in recruiting attracts narcissistic job seekers
Professor Dan Cable, London Business School
14:00-15:30, 2 February 2021
Online

Seeing value in novelty: The role of Managers’ social networks on idea valuation and endorsement
Dr Vijaya Venkataramari, Associate Professor, University of Maryland
14:00-15:30, 16 February 2021
Online

Putting the “teams” back into virtual teams
Professor Lucy Gilson, University of Connecticut
14:00-15:30, 10 March 2021
Online

Conversational receptiveness: Improving engagement with opposing views
Michael Yeomans, Assistant Professor, Imperial College Business School
14:00-15:30, 13 April 2021
Online

Michaelmas 2019

Impact of Manager Sex on Employee Ideas: Towards a Social Psychological Theory of Idea Quality
Dr Niranjan Janardhanan, LSE
10:00-11:30, 1 November 2019
Room W4.03, Cambridge Judge Business School

Easter Term 2019

“Who Are You Going to Call?” Network Activation in Creative Idea Generation and Elaboration
Professor Jill Perry-Smith, Emory University
12:30-14:00, 16 September 2019
Room W4.05, Cambridge Judge Business School

Using People’s Everyday Language to Understand their Thinking Styles, Emotional States, and Connections with Others
Professor James W. Pennebaker, University of Texas at Austin
12:30-14:00, 24 June 2019
Room W4.05, Cambridge Judge Business School

Stepping Stone or Dead End: How Work Arrangements Shackle or Enable Workers
Dr Jing Zhu, Nanyang Business School
12:00-13:00, 2 July 2019
Room W2.01, Cambridge Judge Business School

Reflections on Publishing in Top Journals
Professor Jason Shaw, Nanyang Business School
12:00-13:30, 3 July 2019
Room W2.01, Cambridge Judge Business School

Contact us

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Seminars

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