Organizational Behavior Lab Research


The Organizational Behavior Laboratory provides space to conduct quality experimental research on important topics related to human behavior in organizations.

Directed by Aleksander Ellis, Stephen P. Robbins Chair in Organizational Behavior, the OBL focuses on the study of important topics in the field of management, such as leadership, decision making, the operation of groups and teams and business ethics. The OBL also facilitates experimental research from a variety of interrelated disciplines, including marketing, economics, psychology and cognitive science. The OBL has also been utilized in training the next generation of scholars by providing PhD students hands-on experience in experimental methodology.

Publications and Media

The OBL has consistently produced high-quality publications in top journals since its inception, publications which have received attention from the media. Below is a sample of recent publications and media attention:


  • Welsh, D.T., Mai, K.M., Ellis, A.P.J., & Christian, M.S. (2018). Overcoming the effects of sleep deprivation on unethical behavior: An extension of integrated self-control theory. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 76, 142-154.
  • Spoelma, T.M., & Ellis, A.P.J. (2017). Fuse or fracture? Threat as a moderator of the effects of diversity faultlines in teams. Journal of Applied Psychology, 102, 1344-1359.
  • Motro, D. J., Kugler, T., and Connolly, T. (2016). Back to the basics: How feelings of anger affect cooperation, International Journal of Conflict Management, 27, 523-546.
  • Cooper, D. A., Connolly, T., and Kugler, T. (2015) Lay personality theories in interactive decisions: Strong beliefs, weak Evidence, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 28, 201-213.
  • Welsh, D.T., Ellis, A.P.J., Mai, K.M., & Christian, M.S. (2014). Building a self-regulatory model of sleep deprivation and deception: The role of conformity and caffeine. Journal of Applied Psychology, 99, 1268-1277.
  • Christian, J.S., Pearsall, M.J., Christian, M.S., & Ellis, A.P.J. (2014). Exploring the benefits and boundaries of transactive memory systems in adapting to team member loss. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 18, 69-86.
  • Ellis, A.P.J., Mai, K.M., & Christian, J.S. (2013). Examining the asymmetrical effects of goal faultlines in groups: A categorization-elaboration approach. Journal of Applied Psychology, 98(6), 948-961.
  • Kugler, T., Connolly, T. and Ordóñez, L. D. (2012). Emotion, decision and risk: betting on gambles vs. betting on people, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 25, 123-134.
  • Christian, J.S., Christian, M.S., Garza, A.S., & Ellis, A.P.J. (2012). Examining retaliatory responses to justice violations and recovery attempts in teams. Journal of Applied Psychology, 97(6), 1218-1232.
  • Christian, M.S., & Ellis, A.P.J (2011). Examining the effects of sleep deprivation on workplace deviance: A self-regulatory approach. Academy of Management Journal, 54(5), 913-934.
  • Kugler T., Rapoport A., and Pazy A. (2010) Public good provision in inter-group conflicts: Effects of asymmetry and profit-sharing rule. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 23, 421-438.
  • Pearsall, M.J., Ellis, A.P.J., & Bell, B.S. (2010). Building the infrastructure: The effects of role identification behaviors on team cognition development and performance. Journal of Applied Psychology, 95(1), 192-200.
  • Pearsall, M.J., Christian, M.S., & Ellis, A.P.J. (2010). Motivating interdependent teams: Individual rewards, shared rewards, or something in between? Journal of Applied Psychology, 95(1), 183-191.
  • Rapoport, A., Kugler, T., Dugar, S. and Gisches, E. J. (2009).  Choice of routes in traffic networks: Experimental tests of the Braess paradox. Games and Economic Behavior, 65, 538-571.
  • Kugler, T., Connolly, T., and Kausel, E. E. (2009). The effects of consequential thinking on trust game behavior. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 22, 101-119.
  • Pearsall, M.J., Ellis, A.P.J., & Stein, J. (2009). Coping with challenge and hindrance stressors in teams: Behavioral, cognitive, and affective outcomes. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 109(1), 18-28.
  • Pearsall, M.J., Ellis, A.P.J., & Evans, J. (2008). Unlocking the effects of gender faultlines on team creativity: Is activation the key? Journal of Applied Psychology, 93(1), 225-234.