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Barry M. Staw

Lorraine Tyson Mitchell Chair in Leadership and Communication and Professor Emeritus
Haas Management of Organizations Group
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PhD, Organizational Behavior, Northwestern University
MBA, University of Michigan
BA, University of Oregon

Positions Held

At Haas since 1980
2012 – present, Professor Emeritus
2009 – 2012, Lorraine Tyson Mitchell Chair in Leadership and Communication, Haas School of Business
1980 – present, Professor, Haas School of Business
1978 – 1980, Professor, Departments of Organizational Behavior and Psychology, Northwestern University
1975 – 1978, Associate Professor, Departments of Organizational Behavior and Psychology, Northwestern University
1974 – 1975, Resident Fellow, Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois
1972 – 1975, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Visiting Positions

Anderson School of Management, UCLA
Department of Management Sciences, University of Iowa

External Service and Assignments

  • Member or former member of following editorial boards: Academy of Management Journal,Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Performance, Motivation and Emotion, Basic and Applied Psychology, The Quarterly Review of Economics and Business
  • Founder and co-editor: Research in Organizational Behavior, an annual series of analytical essays and critical reviews recently rated as one of the ten most heavily cited periodicals in the social sciences.
  • Editor: The Psychological Foundations of Organizational Behavior, Psychological Dimensions of Organizational Behavior
  • Co-editor of New Directions in Organizational Behavior, and author of more than 50 articles and book chapters.
  • Fellow: American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society, and Academy of Management.

Current Research and Interests

  • Escalation of commitment to organizational decisions
  • Emotional expression in the workplace
  • Dispositional approaches to job attitudes
  • Creativity and organizational innovation
  • Work motivation

Selected Papers and Publications

  • Stumbling Toward a Social Psychology of Organizations: An Autobiographical Look at the Direction of Organizational ResearchAnnual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior,Vol. 3: 1-19, 2016. PDF
  • Mood and the Market: Can Press Reports of Investors’ Mood Predict Stock Prices? (with Y. Cohen-Charash, C. Scherbaum, J.D. Kammeyer), 2013,  PLoS ONE 8(8): e72031.
  • The Trouble with JDM: Some Limitations to the Influence of JDM on Organizational Research. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2010, 3, 411-416 PDF
  • The Psychology of Rivalry: A Relationally-dependent Conception of Competition (with Gavin Kilduff and Hillary Elfenbein), Academy of Management Journal, 2010, 53, 943-969. PDF
  • Is Group Creativity Really an Oxymoron? Some Thoughts on Bridging The Cohesion-Creativity Divide. In Elizabeth Mannix, Margaret Neal, & Jack Goncalo (eds.) Creativity in Groups, Research on Managing Groups and Teams, Vol. 12, Emerald Publishing, 2009. PDF
  • Individualism-Collectivism and Group Creativity (with Jack Goncalo), Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 2006, 100, 96-109. PDF
  • “Lend Me Your Wallets: The Effect of Charismatic Leadership on External Support for an Organization,” with F. Flynn. Strategic Management Journal. PDF
  • “The Dispositional Approach To Job Satisfaction: More Than A Mirage, But Not Yet An Oasis,” with Yochi Cohen-Charash. Journal of Organizational Behavior.
  • “What Bandwagons Bring: Effects of Popular Management Techniques on Corporate Performance, Reputation, and CEO Pay,” with Lisa Epstein. Administrative Science Quarterly 45 (2000): 523-556.
  • “Affect and Favorable Work Outcomes: Two Longitudinal Tests of the Happy-Productive Worker Thesis,” with T.A. Wright. Journal of Organizational Behavior 20 (1999) 1-23.
  • “Escalation and the Credit Window: A Longitudinal Study of Bank Executives’ Recognition and Write-Off of Problem Loans,” with S. Barsade and K. Koput. Journal of Applied Psychology 82 (1997): 130-142. PDF
  • Why no one really wants creativity. In C.M. Ford & D. A. Gioia (Eds.). Creative Action in Organizations: Ivory Tower Visions and Real World Voices. Sage Publications, 1996. PDF
  • “Sunk Costs in the NBA: Why Draft Order Affects Playing Time and Survival in Professional Basketball,” with H. Hoang. Administrative Science Quarterly 40 (1995) 474-494.
  • “What Theory Is Not,” with R.I. Sutton. Administrative Science Quarterly 40 (1995): 371-384. PDF
  • “Organizational Escalation and Exit: The Case of the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant,” with J. Ross. Academy of Management Journal 36 (1993): 701-732.


  • Organizational Behavior, E 205 1A and 2A
  • Seminar in Micro Organizational Behavior, 254-1

Honors and Awards

  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management, 2008
  • Irwin/ McGraw-Hill Award for Scholarly Contributions, Academy of Management, 1999
  • Elected Fellow, Academy of Management
  • Elected Fellow, American Psychological Association and American Psychological Society
  • Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching, PhD Program, 1989
  • Scholarly Contribution Award, Organizational Behavior Division, Academy of Management, 1987
  • Scholarly Contribution Award for best paper published during 1993 in the Academy of Management Journal, 1993
  • American Management Association/Organizational Dynamics Award, Organizational Behavior Division, Academy of Management, best paper submitted to annual meeting, 1994
  • American Psychological Association Dissertation Award (Division of Industrial and Organizational Psychology), second place, 1972

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