The heart of my research program asks the following question: how can we cultivate organizational environments that encourage leaders and employees to behave more virtuously, thereby creating more ethical, and more effective, organizations? My dissertation probes this question through three distinct papers. In the first paper, I review research on ethics and morality across functions in business schools. By comparing the ethics research across functions, I draw conclusions related to how different business functions view ethical norms and consider how this influences the translation of ethics knowledge through business schools. In the second paper, I extend research on work orientations by empirically testing the effects of three work orientations on ethical behavior. I find that viewing work as a calling is related to more ethical behavior at work. In the third paper, I consider a particular moral belief – views of God – and its influence on expectations for ideal leadership types. The results suggest that the way one views God may be predictive of how one conceptualizes ideal leadership behavior.

Published work

Luckman, E. A. (2017). Weaving action learning into the fabric of manufacturing: The impact of humble inquiry and structured reflection in a cross-cultural context. Action Learning: Research and Practice 14(2), 174-184. (download paper here)

Elfenbein, H. A. and Luckman, E. A. (2015). Accuracy in judging affective cues across cultures. In Hall, J.A., Mast, M.S. and West, T. (Eds). The Social Psychology of Perceiving Others Accurately. (pp 328-349). Cambridge University Press. (download paper here)


Research in Progress

Luckman, E. A., Jang, DLee, J., and Bottom, W. P. Exercising bargaining power in a negotiation: How assertiveness, gender, and real alternatives interact to shape the process.

Lee, J., Luckman, E. A., Jang, D, and Bottom, W. P. Alternative sources of bargaining power:  Evidence from a four-person game.

Boumgarden, P., Luckman, E. A. and Bottom, W. P. Technology transfer in the social sciences: Business schools and translating basic social science to practice.

Luckman, E. A. and Luckman, J. E. Organizational telos and virtue pursuit: Motivating ethical behavior in organizations

Luckman, E. A. and Luckman, J. E. A philosophy of management in practice: Challenging current managerial assumptions to improve performance in the face of complexity.

Luckman, E. A., Bunderson S., and Dirks, K. Literature review: Values-based leadership

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