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Elizabeth Umphress
Office: 575
PACCAR Hall
Phone: 206-616-8872
Fax: 206-543-3968

Curriculum vitae:

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

Elizabeth Umphress

Professor of Management
Evert McCabe Endowed Fellow

Education

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

Academic Expertise

ethics
organizational behavior

Current Research

Ethical Decision Making, Organizational Justice, Diversity Issues

Positions Held

Professor at the University of Washington since 2020
Associate Professor at the University of Washington, 2011-2020
Associate Professor at Texas A&M University, 2009-2011
Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University, 2003-2009

Selected Publications

  1. Strong body, clear mind: Physical activity bolsters self-control capacity and shields individuals against supervisor interpersonal injustice
    Journal Article:Watkins, T., & Umphress. E. E., (in press). Personnel Psychology,
  2. Feeling activated and acting unethically: The influence of activated mood on unethical behavior to help a teammate and self-interested unethical behavior
    Journal Article:Umphress, E. E., Gardner, R. G., Leavitt, K., & Stoverink, A. C., (2020). Personnel Psychology, Vol. 73, pp. 95-123.
  3. It’s not black and white: Toward a contingency perspective on the consequences of being a token
    Journal Article:Watkins, M., Simmons, A., & Umphress, E. E., (2019). Academy of Management Perspectives, Vol. 33, pp. 334-365.
  4. To help my supervisor: Identification, moral identity, and unethical pro-supervisor behavior
    Journal Article:Johnson, H., & Umphress, E. E., (2019). Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 159, pp. 519-534.
  5. Leader social accounts of subordinates’ unethical behavior: Examining observer reactions to leader social accounts with moral disengagement language
    Journal Article:Dang, C. T., Umphress, E. E., Mitchell, M., (2017). Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol. 102, pp. 1448-1461.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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

UW Population Health Initiative Grant to Support Minority Owned Businesses During the COVID Pandemic. Principal Awarded with Jennifer Fan ($20,000), 2020
Hybrid MBA Excellence in Teaching Award (Class of 2020), University of Washington, 2020
Professor of the Quarter, Master of Science in Entrepreneurship Program, University of Washington, 2020
Star Teacher Winter Quarter Hybrid MBA, University of Washington, 2020
Professor of the Year, Master of Science in Entrepreneurship (Class of 2019), University of Washington, 2019
Star Teacher Winter Quarter Executive & Hybrid MBA, University of Washington, 2019
Star Teacher Autumn Quarter, Master of Science in Entrepreneurship, University of Washington, 2018
Star Teacher Winter Quarter Executive & Global MBA, University of Washington, 2018
Star Teacher Autumn Quarter Undergraduate, Master of Supply Chain Management & Entrepreneurship, University of Washington, 2017
Star Teacher Winter Quarter Executive MBA, University of Washington, 2017
Star Teacher Autumn Quarter Undergraduate, University of Washington, 2016
Pacific Coast Banking School Dean's Leadership Award, University of Washington, 2016
Evert McCabe Endowed Fellowship, University of Washington, 2016 - present
Star Teacher Winter Quarter Executive MBA, University of Washington, 2016
Star Teacher Winter Quarter Executive MBA, University of Washington, 2015
Faculty Advisor to the Foster MBA Team that earned 1st Place in a National MBA Ethics Case Competition, 2015
Core Professor of the Year, Evening MBA (Class of 2015), University of Washington, 2014

Academic Service

Associate Editor, Academy of Management Journal, 2019-present
Editorial Board Member, Academy of Management Journal, 2010-2019
Editorial Board Member, Academy of Management Review, 2005-2017
Editorial Board Member, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 2007-2019
Reviewer, Administrative Science Quarterly, 2006-present
Reviewer, Journal of Applied Psychology, 2005-present

Courses Taught

Dr. Umphress teaches Dynamics of Negotiations and Ethical Leadership to executives and MBAs at the University of Washington. She has extensive consulting and executive education experience. She has conducted executive education programs for companies such as Microsoft and ExxonMobil. She specializes in teaching executives Strategic Communications and Negotiations and Ethical Leadership. Her consulting work focuses on helping employees feel empowered and more productive in the workplace. She has worked with companies such as NASA, Citigroup, and Lockheed Martin.
Dr. Umphress has received the Hybrid MBA Excellence in Teaching Award (2020), Professor of the Year for Masters of Science in Entrepreneurship (2019) and the Evening MBA (2014) programs, and recognized as a Star Teacher for exemplary teaching every year since joining the faculty at the University of Washington. In addition, she was the recipient of two teaching awards from her former institution. Further, she is committed to teaching and mentoring doctoral students, exemplified by authoring sixteen publications with current or former doctoral students.