By the Numbers

1,884
Number of Publications (All Time)
285,925
Number of Citations (All Time)
54
Number of Editorial Boards/Editorships

About the Lab

The Sanger Research Lab was launched to accelerate the creation and dissemination of cutting-edge leadership research. To support the development of leadership scholarship, the lab provides an inclusive community for scholars from across the university (representing fields from medicine, psychology, marketing, management, and more) to share and receive feedback on early-stage research. The lab also offers research support, such as research assistantship and research fellowships, to faculty and PhD students.

To support the dissemination of leadership research, our faculty work closely with the Sanger team to ensure all of our programs, communities, and events are building on the best and most recent evidence-basis within scholarly communities. Sanger also works with our faculty to disseminate research ideas on social media, in blogs, and within speaker events (such as the Leadership Dialogues series).

Members of our lab love to connect with others and do so in many ways, including welcoming in new PhD students, postdocs, and faculty from across campus, sponsoring speaker events and conferences, and connecting our faculty with students, alumni, and companies (for research, workshops, coaching, etc). If you’d like to get involved, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Interested in getting involved?

Email Lindy Greer at greerll@umich.edu.

Popular Press

Harvard Business Review: Are You Afraid to Identify as a Leader?
Julia Lee Cunningham, Laura Sonday, and Susan Ashford

MIT Sloan: How Leaders Can Optimize Teams’ Emotional Landscapes
Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, Christina Bradley, and Lindred Greer

MIT Sloan: Reimagining the Office for Immensely Human Interactions
Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks and Maxim Sytch

Harvard Business Review: 5 Ways a Crisis Can Help You Cultivate a Growth Mindset
Susan Ashford, Maxim Sytch, and Lindred L. Greer

Michigan News: When Do Words Speak Louder Than Actions?
Shirli Kopelman

Our Latest Research Articles

Image Risks Can Hold People Back from Stepping into Leadership Positions:

Although many organizations value leadership across levels, individuals are reluctant to step up and lead. We explore across four studies how anticipated image risk (i.e., an individual’s belief that the act of leading might harm their image with others) and lay beliefs about leadership ability (i.e., that this ability is fixed versus malleable) may diminish an individual’s endorsement of a leader identity and thus their leadership emergence.

Lee Cunningham, J., Sonday, L., & Ashford, S. J. (2022). Do I Dare? The Psychodynamics of Anticipated Image Risk, Leader Identity Endorsement, and Leader Emergence. Academy of Management Journal, in press.

Leaders Need to Properly Fund D.E.I. Efforts:

Companies around the world are launching new initiatives on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our research shows the criticality of properly funding these initiatives, as without proper resources, diverse teams can fall prey to performance-detracting power struggles.

Yu, S., & Greer, L. L. (2022). The Role of Resources in the Success or Failure of Diverse Teams: Resource Scarcity Activates Negative Performance-Detracting Resource Dynamics in Social Category Diverse Teams. Organization Science, in press.

Examples of Current Research Collaborations

Paths to Leadership.

Many in our laboratory are interested in who steps into, and who is granted, leadership positions. Ongoing research projects exist about who identifies as a leader, and how companies can encourage more people (including from diverse backgrounds) to self-identify as leaders and step into leadership positions. Research is also ongoing about who is granted leadership roles in organizations and how best to identify leaders in ways that are least biased.

Faculty and PhD students: Susan Ashford, Charlie Case, Julia Lee-Cunningham

Leader Communication.

There are also ongoing projects about how a leader’s communication can optimize their team’s organizational performance. This ranges from the words leaders use in mass communications to the dynamics of information flow within team meetings. Being able to inspire hearts and minds in order to steer a team and organization to goal achievement is a key skill!

Faculty and PhD students: Derek Harmon, Julia Lee-Cunningham, Elizabeth Trinh

How Leaders Navigate Emotions at Work.

Many lab members are also interested in how leaders navigate emotions at work, including how leaders recognize and respond to the emotions of others. Seeing the full human being of others is critical in order to help support and mobilize groups toward goal achievement.

Faculty and PhD students: Christina Bradley, Lindy Greer, Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, Derek Harmon, Elizabeth Trinh

Leading Diverse and Inclusive Teams and Organizations.

Leading diverse and inclusive teams and organizations is a critical skill set. Our lab has several active projects on this topic, including one on the well-meaning steps leaders can take toward inclusion—which at times can backfire, as well as one on the criticality of diversity in powerful teams like boards.

Faculty and PhD students: Lindy Greer, Cindy Schipani, Morela Hernandez, Zoe Schwingel-Sauer, Laurel Detert

Our People

Faculty

Susan Ashford

Michael & Susan Jandernoa Professor of Management and Organizations

Recent Publications:

  • Cropanzano, R., Keplinger, K., Lambert, B., Caza, B., & Ashford, S. J. (2022). The organizational psychology of gig work: An integrative and conceptual review. Forthcoming in Journal of Applied Psychology.
  • Lee Cunningham, J., Sonday, L., & Ashford S. J. (2022). Do I dare? The psychodynamics of anticipated image risk, leader identity endorsement, and leader emergence. Forthcoming in Academy of Management Journal.
  • Lambert, B., Caza, B., Trinh, E., & Ashford, S. J., (2022). Individual-centered interventions: Identifying what, how, and why interventions work in organizational contexts. Forthcoming in Academy of Management Annals.

Wayne Baker

Robert P. Thome Professor of Management and Organizations
Professor of Sociology
Professor of Organizational Studies, LSA
Faculty Associate, Institute for Social Research
Faculty Director, Center for Positive Organizations

Recent Publications:

  • Baker, W. & Quinn, R. (January 2021). Positive emotions, instrumental resources, and organizational network evolution: Theorizing via simulation research. Social Networks 64:212-224.
  • Baker, W. & Chambers, C (March–April 2020). Robust systems of cooperation in the presence of rankings: How displaying prosocial contributions can offset the disruptive effects of performance rankings. Organization Science 31:245-534, C2.
  • Baker, W. (2020). All you have to do is ask: How to master the most important skill for success. Penguin Random House.

Charleen Case

Assistant Professor for Management and Organizations

Recent Publications:

  • Ketterman, A., Makhanova, A., Reynolds, T., Case, C., Mcnulty, J., Eckel, L., Nikonova, L., Flynn, H., & Maner, J. (2022). Prevalence and predictors of “nesting”: Solutions to adaptive challenges faced during pregnancy. Evolution and Human Behavior. 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2022.01.002. 
  • Dobersek, U., Stallings, B., Gabrielle, W., Case, C., & Maner, J. (2021). Does exercise make me more attractive? Exploring the relations between exercise and mate value. Evolutionary Psychological Science. 10.1007/s40806-020-00270-w.
  • Case, C., Bae, K., Larsen, K., & Maner, J. (2021). Precautious nature of prestige: When leaders are hypervigilant to subtle signs of social disapproval. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 120. 694-715. 10.1037/pspi0000284.

Julia Lee Cunningham

Associate Professor of Management and Organizations

Recent Publications:

  • Gainsburg, I., Lee Cunningham, J., Larrick, R., & Klotz, L. (2021). Harnessing behavioral science to understand and address human impact on the environment: Editors’ note. Behavioral Science & Policy, 7(2).
  • Cislo, C., Clingan, C., Gilley, K., Rozwadowski, M., Gainsburg, I., Bradley, C., Lee Cunningham, J., Tewari, M., & Choi, S. W. (2021). Monitoring beliefs and physiological measures using wearable sensors and smartphone technology among students at risk of COVID-19: Protocol for a mHealth study. JMIR Research Protocols, 10(6), e29561.
  • Lee Cunningham, J. (2020). A tale of a fashion e-tailor: Scaling dilemmas in entrepreneurship, Ross School of Business Case & Teaching Note, Case 9-416-726, Ann Arbor, MI: WDI Publishing.

Cheng Gao

NBD Bancorp Assistant Professor of Business Administration,
Assistant Professor of Strategy

Recent Publications:

  • Gao, C., Zuzul, T., Jones, G., & Khanna, T. (2017). Overcoming institutional voids: A reputation-based view of long run survival. Strategic Management Journal 38(11): 2143-2329, November 2017 (Lead Article)
  • McDonald, R. & Gao, Cheng. (2019). Pivoting isn’t enough: Managing strategic reorientation in new ventures. Organization Science 30(6): 1289-1318, November-December 2019
  • Shi, W., Gao, C., & Aguilera, R. (2021). The Liabilities of foreign institutional ownership: Managing political dependence through corporate political spending. Strategic Management Journal 42(1): 84-113, January 2021

Amir A. Ghaferi

Associate Professor of Surgery and Business
Vice Chair for Strategy and Finance, Department of Surgery
Surgical Director, University Hospital Operating Rooms
Director, Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative

Recent Publications:

  • Peden, C.J., Ghaferi, A.A., Vetter, T.R., & Kain, Z.N. (2021). Perioperative health services research: Far better played as a team sport. Anesthesia & Analgesia.
  • Fischer, C.P., Bilimoria, K.Y., & Ghaferi, A.A. (2021). Rapid response teams as a patient safety practice for failure to rescue.
Lindy Greer

Lindy Greer

Professor of Management and Organizations
Michael R. and Mary Kay Hallman Fellow

 

Recent Publications:

  • Yu, S., & Greer, L.L. (2022). The role of resources in the success or failure of diverse teams: Resource scarcity activates negative performance-detracting resource dynamics in social category diverse teams. Organization Science, in press.
  • Umphress, E.E., Greer, L.L., Muir (Zapata), C.P., & Knight, A. (2021). Publishing impactful research in AMJ: Winners of the 2020 and 2021 impact awards. Academy of Management Journal, 64, 1-6.
  • Knight, A. P., Greer, L. L., & De Jong, B. (2020). Start-up teams: A multidimensional conceptualization, integrative review of past research, and future research agenda. Academy of Management Annals, 14(1), 231-266.

Derek Harmon

Assistant Professor of Strategy

Recent Publications

  • Newman, D., Fast, N., & Harmon, D. (2020) When eliminating bias isn’t fair: Algorithmic reductionism and procedural justice in human resource decisions. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 160, 149-167
  • Harmon, D. (2019). When the fed speaks: Arguments, emotions, and the microfoundations of institutions. Administrative Science Quarterly, 64(3), 542-575.
  • Harmon, D., Haack, P., & Roulet, T. (2019) Microfoundations of institutions: A matter of structure vs. agency or level of analysis? Academy of Management Review, 44(2), 464-467, dialogue.

Morela Hernandez

Ligia Ramirez de Reynolds Collegiate Professor of Public Policy
Faculty Director, Leadership Initiative

Recent Publications:

  • Amis, J., Brickson, S., Haack, P., & Hernandez, M. (2021). Taking inequality seriously. Academy of Management Review, 46(3), 431-439.
  • Hernandez, M., Johnson, H., & Wicks, A. (2021). Responses to religious identity threat in thick and thin cultures. In C. Caldwell, & V. Anderson (Eds.), Business Ethics: Perspectives, Management, and Issues. Hauppage, NY: NOVA Publishing.
  • Hernandez, M. (2021). The problem with certainty. MIT Sloan Management Review. Online article.

Shirli Kopelman

Clinical Professor of Management and Organizations

Recent Publications:

  • Quinn*, R.W., Myers*, C.G., Kopelman, S., & Simmons, S.A. (2021). How did you do that? Exploring the motivation to learn from others’ exceptional success. Academy of Management Discoveries (AMD), 7(1), 15-39. https://doi.org/10.5465/amd.2018.0217 [*Authors contributed equally]
  • Kopelman, S. (2020). Tit for tat and beyond: The legendary work of Anatol Rapoport. Negotiation and Conflict Management Research (NCMR), 13(1), 60-84. https://doi.org/10.1111/ncmr.12172
  • McCarter, M.W., Kopelman, S., Turk, T.A., & Ybarra, C.E. (In Press; Online First December 2019). Too many cooks spoil the broth: Toward a theory for how the tragedy of the anticommons emerges in organizations. Negotiation and Conflict Management Research (NCMR). https://doi.org/0.1111/ncmr.12174

Ethan Kross

Professor of Psychology and Management/Organizations

Recent Publications:

  • Kross, E. (2021). Chatter: The voice in our head, why it matters, and how to harness it. Crown Publishing Group, Penguin Random House.
  • Gainsburg, I., Sowden, W.J., Drake, B., Harrold, W., & Kross, E. (2022). Distanced self-talk increases rational self-interest. Scientific Reports, 12(1), 511.
  • Verduyn, P. & Kross, E. (2022). Do social network sites influence well-being? The extended active-passive model. Current Directions in Psychological Science, (31)1, 62-68
Milisa Manojlovich

Milisa Manojlovich

Professor
Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership

Recent Publications:

  • Crist, K., Lafferty, M., Umberfield, E., Manojlovich, M. (in press). What factors contribute to shared understanding between physicians and nurses in inpatient oncology care? A qualitative exploration. Cancer Nursing.
  • Friese, C.R., Fauer, A.J., Mendelsohn-Victor, K., Wright, N., Griggs, J., Manojlovich, M. (2020). Patient-reported toxicity outcomes collected from a diverse sample of ambulatory oncology practices: Feasibility, patterns, and correlates. Health Services Research, published ahead of print, DOI: 10.1111/1475-6773.13574. Best of ARM 2020.
  • O’Leary, K.J., Manojlovich, M., Johnson, J.K., Estrella, R., Hanrahan, K., Leykum, L.K., Smith, G.R., Goldstein, J.D., & Williams, M.V. (2020). A multisite study of interprofessional teamwork and collaboration on general medical services. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 46, 667-672.

Dave Mayer

John H. Mitchell Professor in Business Ethics
Professor of Management and Organizations
Chair of Management & Organizations

Recent Publications:

  • Hardin, A.E., Bauman, C.W., & Mayer, D.M. (2020). Show me the … family: How photos of meaningful relationships reduce unethical behavior at work. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 161: 93-108.
  • Kuenzi, M., Mayer, D.M., & Greenbaum, R.L. (2020). Creating an ethical organizational environment: The relationship between ethical leadership, ethical organizational climate, and unethical behavior. Personnel Psychology, 73: 43-71.
  • Kuenzi, M., Brown, M., Mayer, D.M., & Priesemuth, M. (2019). Supervisor-subordinate (dis)agreement on ethical leadership: An investigation of its antecedents and relationship to organizational deviance. Business Ethics Quarterly, 29: 25-53.

A. Yesim Orhun

Associate Professor of Marketing
Michael R. and Mary Kay Hallman Fellow

Recent Publications:

  • Krishna, A. & Orhun, Y. (2021). Gender (still) matters in business school. Journal of Marketing Research, February, doi:10.1177/0022243720972368.
  • Orhun, Y. & Palazzolo, M. (2019). Frugality is hard to afford. Journal of Marketing Research, vol. 56 (1), 1-17 (lead article).
  • Cui, Y., Orhun, Y., & Duenyas, I. (2019). How price dispersion changes when upgrades are introduced: Theory and empirical evidence from the airline industry. Management Science, 65 (8), 3835-3852.

Venkatram Ramaswamy

Professor of Marketing

Recent Publications:

  • Ramaswamy, V. & Ind, N. (2021). Company brands as purpose-driven lived experience ecosystems. The European Business Review, May-June.
  • Ramaswamy, V. (2021). Foreword to interactional creation of health. Interactional Creation of Health: Experience Ecosystem Ontology, Task, and Method, Amazon Publishing.
  • Ind, N. & Ramaswamy, V. (2021). How enterprises can create meaningful purpose together with their stakeholders. The European Business Review, January-February, 76-80.

Christopher Rider

Thomas C. Kinnear Professor and Associate Professor of Strategy
+Recent Publications:

Recent Publications:

  • Tan, D. & Rider, C.I. (2022). How the basis for status perceptions varies with perceiver status. Organization Science. [url]     
  • Pierce, L. & Rider, C.I. (2022). Supporting mental health at work (Comment on ‘The epidemic of mental disorders in business.’). Administrative Science Quarterly, 67(1): 56–69.  [url]     
  • Rider, C.I. & Tan, D. (2019). Retention is not a strategic imperative: On the pros and cons of employee turnover. Ch. 28 in A. J. Nyberg and T. P. Moliterno (eds.), Handbook of Research on Strategic Human Capital Resources. Edward Elgar Publishing. [url]

Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks

William Russell Kelly Professor of Business Administration
Professor of Management and Organizations

Recent Publications:

  • Sanchez-Burks, J. & Sytch, M. (2021). Reimagining the office for immensely human interactions. MIT Sloan Management Review, Reprint #62428.
  • Sanchez-Burks, J., Bradley, C., & Greer, L. (2021). How leaders can optimize teams’ emotional landscapes. MIT Sloan Management Review, 62(3), 17-19.
  • Sanchez-Burks, J. & Mor Barak, M. (2021). Interpersonal relationships in a global work context. In M. Mor Barak (Ed.), Managing Diversity in the Age of Globalization: Toward a Worldwide Inclusive Workplace 5th Edition* (pp. 213–232).

Cindy Schipani

Merwin H. Waterman Collegiate Professor of Business Administration
Professor of Business Law

Recent Publications:

  • Avci, S.B., Schipani, C., Seyhun, H.N., & Verstein, A. (2021). Insider giving. Duke University Law Journal 619-700 (featured in the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance at https://corpgov.law.harvard.edu/2022/01/07/insider-giving/, selected for republication in the Securities Law Review 2022 (forthcoming), cited by the Securities Exchange and Commission in its proposed amend to Rule 10b5-1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and featured in the Wall Street Journal, July 12, 2021.
  • Abney, D., Dworkin, T., & Schipani, C. (2021). Overcoming gender discrimination in business: Reconsidering mentoring in the post #MeToo and COVID-19 eras. University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law 1072-1108 (2021).
  • Schipani, C. (2021). Improving board decisions: The promise of diversity. Minnesota Journal of Law & Inequality 295-315 (2021).

Gretchen Spreitzer

Associate Dean for Engaged Learning & Professional Development
Keith E. and Valerie J. Alessi Professor of Business Administration
Professor of Management and Organizations

Recent Publications

  • Zen, G., Jack, G., Eva, N., Kaizid, K. & Spreitzer, G. (2022). An integrative multilevel review of thriving at work: Assessing progress and promise. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 43(2): 197-213.
  • Pavez, I., Godwin, L., & Spreitzer, G. (2021) Generative scholarship through prospective theorizing: Appreciating the roots and legacy of organization development and change to build a bright future. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science.
  • Spreitzer, G., Bacevice, P., Hendricks, H., & Garrett, L. (2021). Thriving in the new world of work: Implications for organizational community. Research in Organizational Change and Development. 28: 77-101. New York: Emerald Insight. An abbreviated version was published in the Organizational Development and Change Divisions of the Academy of Management newsletter.

Maxim Sytch

Professor of Management and Organizations

Recent Publications

  • Sytch, M., Kim, Y.H., & Page, S. (2022). Supplier-selection practices for robust global supply chain networks: A simulation of the global auto industry. California Management Review, 64(2): 119-142.
  • Sytch, M. & Kim, Y.H. (2021). Quo vadis? From the schoolyard to the courtroom. Administrative Science Quarterly, 66(1): 177-219.
  • Uribe, J., Sytch, M., & Kim, Y.H. (2020). When friends become foes: Collaboration as a catalyst for conflict. Administrative Science Quarterly, 65(3): 751-794.

Jim Walsh

A.F. Thurnau Professor
Gerald and Esther Carey Professor of Business Administration
Professor of Management & Organizations
Professor of Strategy
Chair of Strategy

Recent Publications:

  • Walsh, J.P. (2022). The road to love is never smooth: A look at PRME thirteen years on. In Mette Morsing (Ed.), Responsible Management Education: The PRME Global Movement, (pp. 47-75). Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge.
  • Donaldson, T. & Walsh, J.P. (2021). A theory of business. In Thomas Maak, Nicola M. Pless, Marc Orlitzky and Sukbir Sandhu (Eds.), Routledge Companion to Corporate Social Responsibility. Abington, United Kingdom: Routledge.
  • Gioia, G., March, J.G., Olsen, J.P., Levinthal, D., Argote, L., Walsh, J.P., Meyer, A.D., Lant, T., Mezias, S., Shapira, Z., & Greve, H.R. (2020). A special “Provocations and Provocateurs” section honoring Jim March. Journal of Management Inquiry, 29 (2): 119-127.

James Westphal

Harvey C. Fruehauf Professor of Business Administration
Professor of Strategy
Co-Director of ICOS

Recent Publications:

  • Westphal, J.D., Zhu, D.H., & Kunapuli, R. (2022). Seeking input when the train has left the station: The decoupling of participative strategic decision-making processes and the role of new technology in symbolic management. Strategic Organization, forthcoming.
  • Westphal, J.D., & Garg, S. (2021). Boards of directors and strategic management in public firms and new ventures. In I. Duhaime, M. Hitt, and M. Lyles (eds.), Strategic Management: State of the Field and its Future, pps. 397-412. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Keeves, G., & Westphal, J.D. (2021). From help to harm: Increases in status, perceived under-reciprocation, and the consequences for access to strategic help and social undermining among female, racial minority, and white male top managers. Organization Science, 32: 1120-1148.

Emeritus Faculty

Kim Cameron

Professor Emeritus of Management and Organizations

Recent Publications:

  • Wolfe, R., Cameron, K., & Manuel, W. (2018). Big time college athletics. Cambridge: Harvard Business Press.
  • Cameron, K., Dutton, J.E., Quinn, R.E., Spreitzer, G., & Kelly, J. (2017). Emphasizing the positive: Forming a strategic identity for the Ross School of Business. University of Michigan: WDI Publishing
  • Cameron, K. (2017). Cross-cultural research and positive organizational scholarship. Cross-Cultural and Strategic Management Journal, 24: 13-32.

Kathleen Sutcliffe

Professor Emeritus of Business Administration,
Professor Emeritus of Management and Organizations

Recent Publications:

  • Vogus, T.J., Rothman, N.B., Sutcliffe, K.M., & Weick, K.E. (2014). The affective foundations of high reliability organizing. Journal of Organizational Behavior. In press.  
  • Sutcliffe, K.M. Sensemaking. 2013. In D. Teece & M. Augier (Eds.), Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Goldenhar, L.M., Brady, P.W., Sutcliffe, K.M., & Muething, S.E. (2013). Huddling for high reliability and situation awareness. BMJ Quality and Safety, 22, 899-906.

Robert Quinn

Professor Emeritus of Management and Organizations

Recent Publications:

  • Quinn, R.E. (2015). The positive organization: Breaking free from conventional cultures, constraints and beliefs. Berrett-Koehler Publishers.
  • Quinn, R.W. & Quinn, R.E. (2015). Lift: The fundamental state of leadership, 2nd edition. Berrett-Koehler Publishers.
  • Quinn, R.E., St. Clair, L., Faerman, S.R., Thompson, M., McGrath, M., & Bright, D. (2015). Becoming a Master Manager: A Competency Framework, 6 Edition. Wiley.

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