Sarah Doyle

Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations

Sarah Doyle

McClelland Hall 405EE
1130 E. Helen St. 
P.O. Box 210108 
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0108

Areas of Expertise

  • Status
  • Social hierarchy
  • Interpersonal and intergroup relations
  • Cooperation and competition
  • Interpersonal helping


PhD in Management and Human Resources, The Ohio State University, 2017

BA in Psychology and Markets and Management Studies, Duke University, 2009

Sarah Doyle joined the Eller College of Management in 2017 after earning her PhD in Management and Human Resources from The Ohio State University. Her research focuses on status, social hierarchy, interpersonal and intergroup relations, cooperation and competition and interpersonal helping.

Selected Publications

  • Doyle, SP, Pettit, NC, Kim, S, To, C, & Lount, RB. (In press). Surging Underdogs and Slumping Favorites: How Recent Streaks and Future Expectations Drive Competitive Transgressions. Academy of Management Journal.  

  • Kim, S, McClean, E, Doyle, SPPodsakoff, N, Woodruff, T, &. Lin, E. (In press) The Positive and Negative Effects of Social Status on Ratings of Voice Behavior: A Test of Opposing Structural and Psychological Pathways. Journal of Applied Psychology. * Awarded Best Student Paper 2020, Academy of Management Association of Korean Management Scholars (AKMS) 

  • Doyle, SP, Kim, S, & Kim, H. (In Press). The Psychology of Status Competitions within Organizations: Navigating Two Competing Motives. (Invited Contribution). S. Garcia & A. Tor (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook’s Psychology of Competition

  • Lount, RB, Doyle, SP, Brion, S, & Pettit, NC. (2019). Only When Others Are Watching: The Contingent Efforts of High Status Group Members. Management Science, 65(7): 3382- 3397.

  • Druckman, D, Lewicki, R, & Doyle, SP. (2019). Repairing Violations of Trustworthiness in Negotiation. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 49(3): 145-158.

  • Lount, RB., Pettit, NC., & Doyle, SP. (2017). Motivating Underdogs and Favorites. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes141, 82-93.
  • Pettit, NC, Doyle, SP, Lount, RB. & To, C. (2016). Cheating to Get Ahead or to Avoid Falling Behind? The Effect of Potential Negative versus Positive Status Change on Unethical Behavior. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. 137, 172-183. 
  • Doyle, SP, Lount, RB, Wilk, SL, & Pettit, NC. (2016). Helping Others Most When They’re Not Too Close: Status Distance as a Determinant of Interpersonal Helping in Organizations. Academy of Management Discoveries, 2(2), 155-174. 
  • Brion, S, Lount, RB, & Doyle, SP. (2015). Knowing If You Are Trusted: Does Meta-accuracy Promote Trust Development? Social Psychological and Personality Science, 6(7), 823-830. 

Professional Associations

  • Academy of Management (AOM)
  • Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGRoup)
  • International Association for Conflict Management (IACM)


  • Eller College Student’s Choice Award for Most Engaging Faculty (2019)
  • AOM Showcase Symposium, Conflict Management Division (2019)
  • AOM Best Paper with a Student as the First Author, Conflict Management Division (2017) (Doyle)
  • INGRoup Best Paper with a Student as the First Author (2014) (Doyle, Lount, Wilk, & Pettit)

Editorial Work and Service to the Field

  • Academy of Management Conflict Management Division, Representative at Large (2018-present)
  • Academy of Management Discoveries—Editorial Review Board (2019-present) 
  • Ad hoc reviewer for:
    • Organization Science
    • Personnel Psychology
    • Journal of Management
    • Group Processes & Intergroup Relations
    • Group Decision and Negotiation 
  • Conference Reviewer for Academy of Management, IACM, and INGroup