Kieran O’Connor

Assistant Professor of Commerce

Kieran O'Connor
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Ph.D., Organizational Behavior, Stanford University
B.A., Psychology, Stanford University
Areas of Expertise: 
Management (organizational behavior)
Organizational rebels
Professional Activities: 

Professor O’Connor specializes in organizational behavior. His work explores the social psychological processes that influence decision making in organizations and judgments of others. His recent work focuses on how people react to inconsistency in organizations: what makes some individuals and organizations seem more authentic than others -- when they behave consistently with their own principles and conform to socially constructed categories -- and how these judgments drive increases in different kinds of value for them. Conversely, he also explores why people and organizations are sometimes penalized as hypocrites and moral rebels for acting inconsistently with organizational norms, even when trying to do the right thing. His work has been published in Academy of Management Annals; Psychological Science; Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes; Behavioral and Brain Sciences; Group Processes and Intergroup Relations; PLoS One; and Global Environmental Change.

Professor O’Connor teaches organizational behavior and managerial decision making in McIntire's Integrated Core Experience. He has also taught courses on behavioral decision making, negotiation, and conflict management in the B.S. and M.S. in Accounting Programs, as well as special topics in teamwork, group dynamics, and diversity in the M.S. in Commerce Program. He is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a former graduate fellow at the Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation.

Recent news about Kieran O’Connor:
McIntire Management Professors Kieran O’Connor and David Lehman, with Stanford Graduate School of Business Professor Glenn R. Carroll, explore how consumers value the authenticity of an organization in a recent Harvard Business Review article. Read more
How do evaluators decide which students enter the top universities and graduate schools, which athletes are considered the world’s best, and even which students receive the highest marks in class? New findings by McIntire Professors Kieran O’Connor and Amar Cheema... Read more
Seeking to promote rich cross-disciplinary dialogue on a subject of perennial interest, the McIntire School of Commerce hosted some 28 outstanding scholars and practitioners for a wide-ranging, deep-diving, two-day examination of authenticity. Featuring discussions and presentations on topics ranging from... Read more
A new study from Management Professors Tom Bateman and Kieran O’Connor has identified a key divergence in how liberals and conservatives approach climate change solutions, while also highlighting convergences that might help break political gridlock. Read the UVA Today story... Read more