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Organization and Human Resources Departent's Lecture

Topic:Taking an Actor-centric Perspective: Consequences of Leadership Behaviors for the People Who Perform Them

Speaker:Russell E. Johnson

Time: 10:00, June 14, 2017

Place: Room 502, Mingde Business Building



We know a great deal about how various organizational behaviors (e.g., citizenship and ethical behaviors) impact recipients. What is less clear, however, are the consequences of these behaviors for the actors who perform them. In this talk I adopt an actor-focused perspective concerning leader behaviors, and discuss the self-regulation consequences for managers who engage in justice, servant, and ethical leader behaviors. As it turns out, there are some potential challenges and costs for managers who exhibit these effective leader behaviors (e.g., reduced self-control and greater moral license). Results from multiple studies will be presented that illustrate some of these challenges.



Russell E. Johnson ( is an associate professor of management in the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. Previously, he was a member of the faculty at the University of South Florida. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Akron. His research examines the role of motivation-, justice-, and leadership-based processes that underlie employee attitudes and behavior. His research has been published in Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Personnel Psychology,Psychological Bulletin, and Research in Organizational Behavior, among other journals. His work has also been cited in outlets such as Forbes, The Globe and Mail,Huffington Post, Psychology Today, TIME, U.S. News & World Report, and Wall Street Journal. He is currently an associate editor at Academy of Management Review, and serves on the editorial boards at Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, Journal of Organizational Behavior, The Leadership Quarterly, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Personnel Psychology, among others. In 2013, Dr. Johnson received the Distinguished Early Career Contributions Award for Science from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Originally from Canada, he still dreams of one day playing in the National Hockey League.