Welcome to OBWeb!

maryuhlbien1Welcome to OBWeb! This is your place to find information about the Organizational Behavior (OB) Division in the Academy of Management. We are a vibrant community of over 6000 members from 65 countries. We research, teach and engage with practitioners around the world to address issues of importance in the management of individuals and groups in organizations. Our research helps us to understand how to build better workplaces that are productive for organizations and society, and fulfilling to organizational members. To learn more about what we do take a look at our domain statement.

OBWeb is one of many useful resources we use to connect with each other and share important information about what is happening in our community. Another valuable way in which we connect is through the OB listserv—if you are not already a member, we encourage to you to join the discussion today.

Thanks for being part of the OB Division!

Mary Uhl-Bien

OB Division Chair

m.uhl-bien@tcu.edu

Marcus Butts: Electronic Communication in Nonwork Time

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Marcus Butts talks about what happens when employees receive emails or texts from work after they have left work for the day. Surprisingly, he and his co-researchers find that certain kinds of nonwork time electronic communications actually make employees feel good. But organizations need to be careful about the emotional tone of  nonwork time emails, and be sensitive as to whether their employees are integrators–people who make little distinction between work and personal time–and segmentors–people who make strong distinctions between work and their personal lives.

Recommended additional reading:

Butts, M. M., Becker, W. J., & Boswell, W. R. 2015. Hot buttons and time sinks: The effects of electronic communication during nonwork time on emotions and work-nonwork conflict. Academy Of Management Journal, 58: 763-788.

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Call for Student Representatives for OB Division

The Organizational Behavior (OB) Division is soliciting nominations for FOUR student representatives to begin a term in June, 2016. These are new positions this year that will be for a minimum of two years.

Student representatives are non-voting members of the OB Division Executive Committee (EC). The intent of having student representatives is to involve students in supporting OB Division activities and to represent student interests to the EC.

Specifically, the types of activities expected of the student representatives are as follows:

  1. Assist the PDW Chairperson with support of the PDW program both before and during the pre-program annual Academy meeting. Students will be helped financially to allow them to attend the meeting for the additional days.
    • Promote the OB Division during the PDW program.
    • Assist the PDW coordinators with all components of the PDW presentations. Two students must be available Friday and Saturday August 5th and 6th.
  2. Assist with the OB Doctoral consortium and Junior Faculty Workshop as needed by the coordinators. 1 student must be available Friday and Saturday August 5th and 6th.
  3. Attend the OB reception at AOM meeting as well as a meeting of student reps run by an EC member at the AOM meeting.
  4. Help Program Chair as needed (e.g., with check-in of papers and symposia).
  5. Seek input from OB student members and represent student interests to the OB EC.
    • Gather input from student members about issues of interest.
    • Create and manage outreach efforts to student members of the Academy.
    • Promote the OB Division to students to increase membership.
  6. Begin a new initiative to check OB information on Wikipedia for accuracy and completeness.

The selection guidelines for student representatives are as follows:

  1. The individual must have completed a minimum of 1 year of doctoral studies.
  2. The individual must NOT be graduating in the following year.
  3. The person serves a minimum of 2 years, and a maximum of 3 years.
  4. The OB Division has the desire to not have more than one student from a single university, and also to represent the broad interests of the division. We thus specifically seek students from a diversity of schools, from around the world.
  5. All students will report to a selected member of the Executive Committee for coordination of their activities and assignments.

The deadline for receipt of nominations and supporting materials is April 30, 2016. See below for instructions on how to submit your materials. A pdf version of these instructions is also available

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2016 OB Division Doctoral Consortium

AOM ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR DOCTORAL CONSORTIUM

August 5-6, 2016

The 2016 OB Doctoral Consortium will be held August 5 and 6 as part of the pre-conference program at the Academy of Management meetings in Anaheim. The consortium is open to OB doctoral students in the final stages of their programs.

The two-day consortium will begin on Friday afternoon and will continue throughout the day on Saturday – participants must attend both days. The program includes an interesting and energetic mix of presentations, discussions, and interactive sessions designed to launch doctoral students into their academic careers. Faculty presentations and roundtable sessions include topics such as crafting the right academic job, succeeding at research and publishing, preparing for effective teaching, and an ethics workshop, as well as other related topics.

OB is the biggest division in the Academy and in the past few years, we have received more applications that we can accommodate. To keep the faculty-participant ratio to an optimal size, we will accept only 1 student per program.

Applicants must meet the following criteria.

1. Be nominated by the program/department. Only one application per program will be accepted (e.g., one from management, one from industrial relations, and/or one from I/O Psychology).

2. Endorsed by the students’ academic advisor.

3. Preference is given to those who have made the most progress toward completing their Ph.D., but have not yet defended their dissertation. This consortium is for advanced OB students who plan to apply for faculty positions in 2016 that begin in 2017.

The deadline for receipt of nominations and supporting materials is Friday, March 11, 2016, 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

See below for instructions on how to submit your materials.

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