Faculty Directory

Elizabeth Umphress


Office: 587 PACCAR Hall
Phone: 206-616-8872
Fax: 206-543-3968
Email: eu4(at)uw.edu

Foster School of Business
University of Washington
Box: 353226
Seattle, WA 98195-3200

Elizabeth Umphress

Associate Professor of Management
Evert McCabe Endowed Fellow


PhD Tulane University (2003)
BA University of Texas (1997)

Academic Expertise

corporate social responsibility
organizational behavior

Current Research

Ethical Decision Making, Organizational Justice, Diversity Issues

Positions Held

At the University of Washington since 2011
Associate Professor at Texas A&M University, 2009-2011
Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University, 2003-2009

Selected Publications

  1. Misery loves company: Team dissonance and the influence of supervisor-focused interpersonal justice climate on team cohesiveness
    Journal Article: Stoverink, A.C., Umphress, E.E., Gardner, R.G., & Miner, K.N., (2014). Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol. 99, pp. 1059-1073.
  2. Observer reactions to interpersonal injustice: The roles of perpetrator intent and victim perception
    Journal Article: Umphress, E.E., Simmons, A.L., Folger, R., Ren, R., & Bobocel, R., (2013). Journal of Organizational Behavior, Vol. 34, pp. 327-349.
  3. Formal Infrastructure and Ethical Decision-Making: Empirical Investigation and Implications for Supply Management
    Journal Article: Rottig, D., Koufteros, X., & Umphress, E.E., (2011). Decision Sciences Journal, Vol. 42, pp. 163-204.
  4. When employees do bad things for good reasons. A motivational model for unethical pro-organizational behavior
    Journal Article: Umphress, E.E.,& Bingham, J.B., (2011). Organization Science, Vol. 22, pp. 621-640.
  5. Unethical Behavior in the Name of the Company: The Moderating Effect of Organizational Identification and Positive Reciprocity Beliefs on Unethical Pro-Organizational Behavior
    Journal Article: Umphress, E.E., Bingham, J.B., & Mitchell, M.S., (2010). Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol. 95, pp. 769-780.
  6. The Influence of Distributive Justice on Lying for and Stealing from a Supervisor
    Journal Article: Umphress, E.E., Ren, L.R., Bingham, J.B., & Gogus, C.I, (2009). Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 86, pp. 507-518.
  7. Managing Discrimination in Selection: The Influence of Directives from an Authority and Social Dominance Orientation
    Journal Article: Umphress, E.E., Simmons, A.L., Boswell, W.R., & Triana, M.C., (2008). Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol. 93, pp. 982-993.
  8. Fairness at the Top: Procedural Justice and Collaborative Problem Solving in New Product Development
    Journal Article: Li, H., Bingham, J.B., & Umphress, E.E., (2007). Organization Science, Vol. 18, pp. 200-216.
  9. When Birds of a Feather Flock Together and When They Do Not: Status Composition, Social Dominance Orientation, and Organizational Attractiveness
    Journal Article: Umphress, E.E., Smith-Crowe K., Brief, A.P., Dietz, J., & Watkins, M.B., (2007). Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol. 92, pp. 396-409.
  10. Community Matters: Realistic Group Conflict Theory and the Impact of Diversity
    Journal Article: Brief, A.P., Umphress, E.E., Dietz, J., Burrows, J.W., Butz, R.M., & Scholten, L., (2005). Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 48, pp. 830-944.
  11. Building houses on rocks: The role of the ethical infrastructure in organizations
    Journal Article: Tenbrunsel, A. E., Smith-Crowe, K., & Umphress, E. E., (2003). Social Justice Research, Vol. 16, pp. 285-307.
  12. High procedural fairness heightens the effect of outcome favorability on self-evaluations: An attributional analysis
    Journal Article: Brockner, J., Heuer, L., Magner, N., Folger, R., Umphress, E. E., Van den Bos, K., Vermunt, R., Magner, M., & Siegel, P., (2003). Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Vol. 91, pp. 51-68.
  13. The role of instrumental and expressive social network ties in employees’ perceptions of organizational justice
    Journal Article: Umphress, E. E., Labianca, G., Brass, D. J., Kass, E., & Scholten, L., (2003). Organization Science, Vol. 14, pp. 738-753.
  14. Is virtue its own reward? Self-sacrificial decisions for the sake of fairness
    Journal Article: Turillo, C. J., Folger, R., Lavelle, J. J., Umphress, E. E., & Gee, J. O., (2002). Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Vol. 89, pp. 839-865.
  15. Emulation in academia: Balancing structure and identity
    Journal Article: Labianca, G., Fairbank, J. F., Thomas, J. B., Gioia, D. A., & Umphress, E. E., (2001). Organization Science, Vol. 12, pp. 312-330.

Honors and Awards

Core Professor of the Year, Evening MBA (Class of 2015), University of Washington, 2014
Star Teacher Winter Quarter Evening MBA, University of Washington, 2014
Star Teacher Spring Quarter Undergraduate, University of Washington, 2013
Star Teacher Autumn Quarter Executive MBA, University of Washington, 2011
Summer Research Grant from the Mays Business School, 2010
Texas Transportation Institute Grant, An Analysis of the Workforce Climate at the Texas Transportation Institute, Principal Investigator, 2008
The Association of Former Students of Texas A&M College Level Distinguished Teaching Award, Texas A&M University, 2007
Mays Research Fellow, Texas A&M University, 2007-2010
Montague Center for Teaching Excellence Scholar, Texas A&M University, 2006
NASA Cooperative Agreement, An Analysis of the Workforce Sustainability of Two Gulf Coast Shuttle Program Locations Following Hurricane Katrina, Principal Investigator, 2006
Summer Teaching Grant, Texas A&M University, 2006
Summer Teaching Grant, Texas A&M University, 2005
Murphy Institute Fellowship for Doctoral Student Research, Tulane University, 2002
Best Papers Award from the Organizational Management Theory Division of the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, 2000

Academic Service

Editorial Board Member, Academy of Management Journal, 2010-present
Editorial Board Member, Academy of Management Review, 2005-present
Editorial Board Member, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 2007-present
Reviewer, Administrative Science Quarterly, 2006-present
Reviewer, Journal of Applied Psychology, 2005-present
Reviewer, Social Justice Research, 2003-present

Courses Taught

Dr. Umphress teaches Dynamics of Negotiations and Ethical Leadership to executive, global, and full-time MBAs at the University of Washington. She uses cases and classroom exercises to help students experience classroom concepts, which facilitates learning and the transfer of those class concepts into the workplace. With regard to teaching, she was voted the Professor of the Year for the evening MBA program in 2014 and recognized as a Star Teacher for exemplary teaching many times since joining the faculty at the University of Washington. In addition, she was the recipient of two competitive college-level teaching awards from her former institution. Dr. Umphress also has extensive consulting and executive education experience. She has conducted executive education programs for companies such as Microsoft, ExxonMobil, and the Texas Transportation Institute. She specializes in teaching executives Strategic Communications and Negotiations, Ethical Leadership, and Organizational Leadership. Her consulting work focuses on empowering employees and enhancing productivity in the workplace. She has worked with companies such as NASA, Citigroup, and Lockheed Martin. Further, she is committed to teaching and mentoring doctoral students, exemplified by authoring eleven publications with current or former doctoral students.