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Andrew Hafenbrack

Associate Professor of Management and Organization
Evert McCabe Endowed Fellow

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PhD INSEAD (2015)
BS Carnegie Mellon University (2009)

Academic Expertise

benefits of multi-cultural experiences
creativity and innovation
motivation and performance
workplace civility

Current Research

Benefits and drawbacks of meditating in the workplace, Stress responses to different types of leadership behaviors, Relational mobility and well-being, Effects of observing another person being compassionate, How to overcome cultural conditioning that constrains people.

Positions Held

At University of Washington since 2019
Assistant Professor, Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics, 2015-2019

Selected Publications

  1. Following community norms or an internal compass? The role of prospective leaders’ social category membership in the differential effects of authentic and ethical leadership on stereotype threat
    Journal Article:Lagowska, U. G., Sobral, F. J. B. A., Jacob, J., Hafenbrack, A. C. & Goldszmidt, R., (2023). Journal of Applied Psychology,
  2. When Mindfulness Does — and Doesn’t — Help at Work
    Journal Article:Cameron, L., & Hafenbrack, A., (2022). Harvard Business Review,
  3. Better to Be Optimistic, Mindful, or Both? The Interaction between Optimism, Mindfulness, and Task Engagement
    Journal Article:Bunjak, A., Hafenbrack, A. C., Černe, M., & Arendt, J. F. W., (2022). Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Vol. 95(3), pp. 595-623.
  4. Mindfulness Meditation Reduces Guilt and Prosocial Reparation
    Journal Article:Hafenbrack, A. C., LaPalme, M. L., & Solal, I., (2022). Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol. 123(1), pp. 28–54.
  5. An unintended consequence of mindfulness
    Journal Article:Hafenbrack, A. C., (2022). The Washington Post,
  6. Helping people by being in the present: Mindfulness increases prosocial behavior
    Journal Article:Hafenbrack, A.C., Cameron, L. D., Spreitzer, G. M., Zhang, C., Noval, L. J., & Shaffakat, S., (2020). Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, pp. 21-38.
  7. Mindfulness is demotivating
    Journal Article:Berinato, S., & Hafenbrack, A., (2019). Harvard Business Review, pp. 32-33.
  8. Hey boss, you don’t want your employees to meditate
    Journal Article:Vohs, K. D. & Hafenbrack, A. C., (2018). The New York Times,
  9. Mindfulness meditation impairs task motivation but not performance
    Journal Article:Hafenbrack, A. C. & Vohs, K. D, (2018). Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, pp. 1-15.
  10. Mindfulness meditation as an on-the-spot workplace intervention
    Journal Article:Hafenbrack, A. C., (2017). Journal of Business Research, pp. 118-129.
  11. “Going out” of the box: Close intercultural friendships and romantic relationships spark creativity, workplace innovation, and entrepreneurship
    Journal Article:Lu, J. G., Hafenbrack, A. C., Eastwick, P. W., Wang, D. J., Maddux, W. W., & Galinsky, A. D., (2017). Journal of Applied Psychology, pp. 1091-1108.
  12. Debiasing the mind through meditation: Mindfulness and the sunk-cost bias
    Journal Article:Hafenbrack, A. C., Kinias, Z., & Barsade, S. G., (2014). Psychological Science, pp. 369-376.
  13. Standing out as a signal to selfishness: Culture and devaluation of non-normative characteristics
    Journal Article:Kinias, Z., Kim, H. S., Hafenbrack, A. C., & Lee, J. J., (2014). Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, pp. 190-203.
  14. Expanding opportunities by opening your mind: Multicultural engagement predicts job market success through longitudinal increases in integrative complexity
    Journal Article:Maddux, W. W., Bivolaru, E., Hafenbrack, A. C., Tadmor, C. T., & Galinsky, A. D., (2014). Social Psychological and Personality Science, pp. 608-615.
  15. Meditate for more profitable decisions
    Journal Article:Kinias, Z., Hafenbrack, A., & Williams, J., (2013). Forbes,

PhD Student Collaborators

Anusuya Banerjee

Honors and Awards

Outstanding Faculty Service Award, UW Foster Evening MBA, 2023
Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to Portugal, 2023-2024
PhD Mentoring Award, UW Foster Management & Organization Department, 2022
Best Paper Award, Meaningfulness, Mindfulness, & Work Engagement Track, EURAM, 2020
Best Scholarly Paper Award, Management, Spirituality, and Religion Division, AOM, 2019
Best Paper Award, Meanings, Meaningfulness, & Mindfulness Track, EURAM, 2019
Organizational Behavior SIG Best Reviewer Award, EURAM, Reykjavik, 2018
World’s 40 Best Business School Professors Under 40, Poets & Quants, 2018
Católica-Lisbon Distinguished Teaching Award in the Master’s in Management program, 2018
2nd Prize, Best-Paper-Award "Innovation Management", EBS Universität, Wiesbaden, 2017
Four courses were the highest rated in respective program at Católica-Lisbon, 2016-2018
Outstanding Reviewer Award, Managerial and Organizational Cognition Division, AOM, 2014, 2017
Wharton-INSEAD Alliance Travel, Accommodation, and Research Awards, 2012-2014
INSEAD PhD Fellowship, 2010-2015
Phi Beta Kappa, 2009
Dean’s List each semester, College and University Honors, Carnegie Mellon University, 2005-2009
Carnegie Mellon University Institutional Scholarship, 2005-2009
2nd Place in Baritone Voice category, WIAA/WMEA Washington State Solo-Ensemble Contest, 2005

Academic Service

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Applied Psychology
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
Editorial Board Member, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes

Courses Taught

MGMT500 - Leadership & Management, core course in evening MBA program
MGMT547 - Successful Negotiations, elective course in full-time MBA program
MGMT579 - Mindful Decision Making, elective course in full-time and evening MBA programs
MGMT580 - Psychological Foundations of Organizational Behavior, core course in PhD program
IBUS 570 - Study Tour to Portugal, elective course in full-time and evening MBA programs
MGMT300 - Leadership and Organizational Behavior, core course in the undergraduate program at the UW Rome Center