Dr. Edward J. Lawler
Edward J. Lawler is the Martin P. Catherwood Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Professor of Sociology at Cornell University. Before joining the faculty of Cornell in 1994, he was a member of the sociology faculty at the University of Iowa for 22 years, where he became the Duane C. Spristersbach Professor of Liberal Arts in 1990. He earned his bachelor's (1966) and master’s (1968) degrees in sociology from California State University, Long Beach and Los Angeles, respectively, and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1972.
Dr. Lawler has authored or co-authored three books and over 60 articles, and edited or co-edited over 20 volumes of the annual series, Advances in Group Processes. Most recently, his book (coauthored with Shane Thye and Jeongkoo Yoon), Social Commitments in a Depersonalized World (2009) was published by the Russell Sage Foundation. This book won the 2010 James Coleman Best Book Award from the Rationality and Society Section of the American Sociological Association. In 2001, he received the Cooley-Mead Award for career achievement from the Social Psychology Section of the American Sociological Association, and in 2003 his paper, "An Affect Theory of Social Exchange" won the 2002 Theory Prize from the Theory Section of the American Sociological Association. He served as Editor of Social Psychology Quarterly (1992-96); he was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (1996-97) and a Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation (2007-08).
His primary teaching and research areas are group processes, exchange, power, negotiation, sociology of emotion, and theory. His current research analyzes the role of emotion in social exchange and negotiations, the formation of groups, the commitment of individuals to organizations, and more generally the emergence of social order. A central message of his work is that people develop affective ties to groups and are willing to sacrifice more for the collective welfare if they repeatedly engage in joint tasks that give them a sense of shared responsibility for group results. His work shows how and when people come to view group or organizational memberships as important and valuable in their own right, not only because of the benefits they individually derive from membership.
Dr. Jack Goncalo
Jack Goncalo joined the School of Industrial and Labor Relations as an Associate Professor in August 2004. He received his Ph.D. in Business Administration in 2004, an M.S. in Organizational Behavior in 2001 and a B.A. in Psychology in 1999, all from the University of California at Berkeley. He conducts research on group processes and performance, particularly group creativity and the quality of group decision-making. Although most research in Organizational Behavior emphasizes the value of being a "team player", his research suggests that in order to spark creativity, organizations should emphasize individualistic norms and individual achievement. He co-edited the book Research on Managing Groups and Teams: Creativity in Groups (vol. 12). His research has been published in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Management Science, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and the European Journal of Social Psychology. It has also been featured on CNN, Businessweek, The Wall Street Journal, US News & World Report, Fast Company and Fortune.
Dr. Emily Zitek
Emily Zitek joined the School of Industrial and Labor Relations as an Assistant Professor in 2012. She received her B.A. in psychology from Rice University in 2003 and her Ph.D. in social psychology from Stanford University in 2010. She conducts research aimed at understanding the sources and consequences of a person’s sense of entitlement. Her other research interests include gender issues, social hierarchy, stereotyping and prejudice, justice and morality, and sport psychology. Dr. Zitek also has training in statistics. She received a B.A. in statistics from Rice in 2003 and an M.S. in statistics from Stanford in 2008.
Verena is a third-year MS/PhD student in Organizational Behavior in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. She received her BA in psychology from Boston University in 2005. Between her undergraduate and graduate studies, Verena worked as a research assistant at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA researching schizophrenia and bipolar disorders. Realizing that "normal" behavior is just as interesting to study as abnormal behavior, Verena decided to study creativity in employees under the guidance of Prof. Jack Goncalo. Verena's M.S. thesis dealt with the relationship between perspective-taking and creativity in competitive versus cooperative situations. Her dissertation is still in the planning stage, and will deal with the evaluation stage of the creative process. During the warm Ithaca summers, Verena enjoys hiking and swimming. In the cold winter months, she can be found planning cheap vacations to warm destinations.
Na Yoon Kim
My broad research interests lie in understanding the social aspects of emotion and identity. In particular, I am interested in the mechanisms by which individuals experience positive emotion and establish positive identities in the social context. Ultimately, I would like to uncover multiple affective and identity processes by which people become committed to the group to which they belong. Thus, my current research examines such processes by looking at the influence of cultural-orientation on individuals’ person-to-group ties.
Ozias A. Moore is a doctoral student at Cornell University’s School of Industrial Labor Relations, specializing in Human Resources with a dual minor in Organizational Behavior and Statistics. He earned a B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.S.E. from the University of Pennsylvania. He conducts research on group performance, particularly decision making in task-oriented groups, intergroup dynamics, creativity and the quality of learning outcomes. He is a member of the Academy of Management, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and The PhD Project Management Doctoral Student Association.
Lab Alumni Members
Lynne Vincent is a doctoral candidate in Organizational Behavior. Her research examines the antecedents and consequences of dishonesty and creativity. Her current lab projects explore the interaction between the creative identity and dishonesty and the underlying mechanisms for that interaction. Lynne’s work examines how and when the creative identity contributes to engagement in dishonest behaviors and proposes ways to curtail those behaviors while encouraging creativity.