Professor Ballinger conducts research on the operation of social exchange relationships in the work and organizational context. He served as an associate editor of Academy of Management Review from July 2014 through June 2017 and is a guest editor for the journal’s upcoming Special Topic Forum on the Changing Nature of Work Relationships. He has published in Academy of Management Review; California Management Review; Leadership Quarterly; Journal of Applied Psychology; Journal of Management; Personnel Psychology; Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes; and Strategic Management Journal. He has been or is currently a member of the editorial review boards of Academy of Management Review; Journal of Organizational Behavior; and Organization Science and has reviewed for a number of other journals in organizational behavior and strategic management. He is a member of the Managerial and Organizational Cognition, Organizational Behavior, and Research Methods divisions of the Academy of Management. From 2011 to 2013, he won three consecutive awards for outstanding reviewing from Academy of Management Review. In 2012, he won (with E. Craig, R. Cross, and P. Gray) the award for Best Practitioner Paper from the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management.
Professor Ballinger has taught courses in leadership, organizational behavior, and human resources management at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels in the United States and in Germany. At McIntire, he is teaching team leader for ICE Blocks 1 and 2 and has taught organizational behavior in those blocks since 2005; he co-teaches (with Lynn Hamilton) a course in "Cross-Cultural Management and Communication" in McIntire’s M.S. in Global Commerce Program. In 2013, he won an All-University Teaching Award from the University of Virginia.