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Steven J. Karau

Steven J. Karau

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My research focuses on group and team performance, motivation losses and gains in groups, gender differences in leadership, personality and individual differences in organizational contexts, and relationships between ethical reasoning and organizational action.

Primary Interests:

  • Ethics and Morality
  • Gender Psychology
  • Group Processes
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Personality, Individual Differences

Journal Articles:

  • Michalisin, M. D., Karau, S. J., & Conrad, E. (2006). Top management team attraction as a strategic asset: A longitudinal simulation test of the resource based view. Journal of Applied Business Research, 22(3), 109-122.
  • Komarraju, M., Karau, S. J., Schmeck, R. R., & Avdic, A. (2011). The Big Five personality traits, learning styles, and academic achievement. Personality and Individual Differences, 51, 472-477.
  • Smrt, D. L., & Karau, S. J. (2011). Protestant work ethic moderates social loafing. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 15, 267-274.
  • Komarraju, M., Karau, S. J., & Schmeck, R. R. (2009). Role of the Big Five personality traits in predicting college students’ academic motivation and achievement. Learning and Individual Differences, 19, 47-52.
  • Wood, M. S., & Karau, S. J. (2009). Preserving employee dignity during the termination interview: An empirical examination. Journal of Business Ethics, 86, 519-534.
  • Karau, S. J., & Elsaid, A. M. (2009). Individual differences in beliefs about groups. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 13, 1-13.
  • Michalisin, M. D., Karau, S. J., & Tangpong, C. (2007). Leadership’s activation of team cohesion as a strategic asset: An empirical simulation. Journal of Business Strategies, 24, 1-26.
  • Komarraju, M., & Karau, S. J. (2005). The relationship between the Big Five personality traits and academic motivation. Personality and Individual Differences, 39, 557-567.
  • Michalisin, M. D., Karau, S. J., & Tangpong, C. (2004). Top management team cohesion and superior industry returns: An empirical study of the resource-based view. Group and Organization Management, 29, 125-140.
  • Michalisin, M. D., Karau, S. J., & Tangpong, C. (2004). The effects of performance and team cohesion on attribution: A longitudinal simulation. Journal of Business Research, 57, 1108-1115.
  • Hart, J. W., Karau, S. J., Stasson, M. F., & Kerr, N. A. (2004). Achievement motivation, expected coworker performance, and collective task motivation: Working hard or hardly working? Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 34, 984-1000.
  • Eagly, A. H., & Karau, S. J. (2002). Role congruity theory of prejudice toward female leaders. Psychological Review, 109, 573-598.
  • Kelly, J. R., & Karau, S. J. (1999). Group decision making: The effects of initial preferences and time pressure. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 25, 1342-1354.
  • Karau, S. J., & Hart, J. W. (1998). Group cohesiveness and social loafing: Effects of a social interaction manipulation on individual motivation within groups. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 2, 185-191.
  • Karau, S. J., & Williams, K. D. (1997). The effects of group cohesiveness on social loafing and social compensation. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 1, 156-168.
  • Karau, S. J., & Williams, K. D. (1993). Social loafing: A meta-analytic review and theoretical integration. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 65, 681-706.
  • Karau, S. J., & Kelly, J. R. (1992). The effects of time scarcity and time abundance on group performance quality and interaction process. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 28, 542-571.
  • Williams, K. D., & Karau, S. J. (1991). Social loafing and social compensation: The effects of expectations of co-worker performance. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 61, 570-581.

Other Publications:

  • Karau, S. J., & Kelly, J. R. (2004). Time pressure and team performance: An attentional focus integration. In S. Blount (Ed.), Research on managing groups and teams (Vol. 6. Time in Groups. pp. 185-212). San Diego, CA: Elsevier.
  • Karau, S. J., & Williams, K. D. (2001). Understanding individual motivation in groups: The Collective Effort Model. In M. E. Turner (Ed.), Groups at work: Theory and research (pp. 113-141). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Courses Taught:

  • Advanced Research Methods II
  • Advances in Organizational Behavior
  • Introduction to Management
  • Management’s Responsibility in Society
  • Managerial and Organizational Behavior
  • Personnel and Human Resources Management
  • Special Topics in Organizational Behavior

Steven J. Karau
Department of Management
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Carbondale, IL 62901-4627
United States

  • Phone: (618) 453-7890
  • Fax: (618) 453-7835

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