Myeong-Gu Seo

Associate Professor

Management & Organization
4550 Van Munching Hall
(301) 405-7746
Ph.D in Organizational Studies, Boston College

Dr. Myeong-Gu Seo is Associate Professor of Management and Organization at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. His primary areas of research regard issues relating to work-related emotions, organizational- and institutional-change. Dr. Seo received the 2001 Best Doctoral Student Paper from the Academy of Management's Organizational Development and Change Division, and the 2002 Second Place Winner of INFORMS Dissertation Proposal Competition. His work, which has received funding from NSF in 2002 and 2005, has been published in several journals includingAcademy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Handbook of Organizational Change, and Academy of Management Learning and Education.

Selected Publications

Dong, Y., Seo, M., & Bartol, K. Forthcoming. No Pain, No Gain: An Affect-based Model of Developmental Job Experience and the Buffering Effects of Emotional Intelligence. Academy of Management Journal.

Hill, N. S., Seo, M., Kang, J., & Taylor, M. S. 2012. Distance Matters: Influences on Perceived Top Management Communication and Commitment to Change. Organization Science, 23: 758-777.

Seo, M., Goldfarb, B., & Barrett, L. F. 2010. Affect and the framing effect within individuals across time: Risk taking in a dynamic investment simulation.” Academy of Management Journal, 53: 411-431.

Seo, M. & Ilies, R. 2009. The role of self-efficacy, goal, and affect in dynamic motivational self-regulation. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes , 109: 120-133

Seo, M. & Barrett, L. F. 2007. Being emotional during decision making, good or bad? An empirical investigation. Academy of Management Journal, 50: 923-940.

Seo, M., Barrett, L., & Bartunek, J. M. 2004. The role of affective experience in work motivation.Academy of Management Review, 29 (3): 423-439

Seo, M. & Creed, W. E. D. 2002. Institutional contradictions, praxis, and institutional change.Academy of Management Review, 27 (2): 222-247.  

Honors and Awards

Curriculum Development Grant ($50,000) from The PricewaterhouseCoopers Foundation, 2008.

Top 15% Teaching Award from Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, 2007 and 2009.

General Research Board Summer Award ($8,000) from University of Maryland, 2007.

Research Grant ($273,175 / PI) from National Science Foundation, 2005.

Research Award ($7,060) from University of Maryland, 2004.

Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant from National Science Foundation, 2002.

The Second Place Winner of INFORMS Dissertation Proposal Competition, 2002.

The Academy of Management ODC Division Best Doctoral Student Paper, 2001.

Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award at Boston College, 2001.  

  • Emotion in Organization
  • Organizational Change
  • Institutional Change