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


OB Junior Faculty Workshop

Academy of Management
August 5-6, 2016

The 2016 OB Junior Faculty Workshop will be held on August 5th (5:00pm – 9:00pm) and August 6th (8:00am – 4:00pm) as part of the pre-conference program at the AOM meeting in Anaheim, CA.

The workshop will include engaging panel and small group research discussions with a diverse and accomplished group of invited Faculty Fellows.

Panel discussions will include advice on how to conduct high-impact research, have impact as a teacher and mentor, balance work and personal life, and thrive in the tenure process. Table discussions will provide a unique opportunity to gain feedback on your own research with some of our field’s leading scholars.

The Faculty Fellows for this workshop are:

We will also hold small group discussions with editors of top management journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Leadership Quarterly, Organization Science, Group & Organization Management, Academy of Learning and Education, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Personnel Psychology, and the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology.

Sample comments from the 2015 workshop included:

  • “Meeting with journal editors was a fabulous opportunity”
  • “Matching with faculty mentors in small group setting was so interesting and helpful”; “I got some great feedback ideas to develop my research”
  • “This workshop was extremely helpful to me and I would recommend it to any junior OB or IO faculty. It was great to meet all of the other workshop participants and the faculty speakers/mentors had so many wonderful pieces of advice to give us.”

There are four criteria to be eligible to participate in this workshop:

  1. Be a member of the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy as of May 2016
  2. Have completed at least one (1) year in a faculty position
  3. Have completed a Ph.D. in the last five years (since 2011)
  4. Register for the conference

Prior to entering the AOM system to register for this workshop, please email the following information to Ron Piccolo, rpiccolo@rollins.edu
(cc: ronald.piccolo@gmail.com).

  1. Contact information (name, phone, email, address and any special dietary requirements)
  2. A current curriculum vitae
  3. A 2-3 page (double-spaced) summary of a working paper or project in progress. This document will be shared with your Faculty Fellows and other participants.
  4. Two topics/areas of interest. We will use these topic areas to match you with a Faculty Fellow. One of the topics should reflect your working paper or project in progress.

If you meet criteria for participation and are among the first 40 to apply, you will receive a unique code to register for the workshop on the AOM website. A registration fee of 150.00 U.S. dollars will be charged to partially defray meal costs (dinner of Friday night; breakfast, lunch and snacks on Saturday), payable by debit or credit card to the Academy of Management.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, please feel free to contact Ron Piccolo (rpiccolo@rollins.edu).

We look forward to seeing you in Anaheim!

Marcus Butts: Electronic Communication in Nonwork Time

Marcus Butts-1

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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