Vijaya Venkataramani

Associate Professor

Management & Organization
4544 Van Munching Hall
Ph.D., Purdue University

Vijaya Venkataramani is Associate Professor of Management & Organization at the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Professor Venkataramani’s research focuses on how informal social relationships and social networks at work influence leadership, creativity, and discretionary employee behaviors in organizations (behaviors that are not stipulated as part of the job, but that still are important for organizational well-being). As a specific area of interest, her recent research aims at understanding how leaders can use their network connections in benefiting their employees as well as how such connections may influence leadership related decisions. She is also interested in studying how the influence exerted by one’s social network can introduce biases in employees’ cognitive processes in making evaluations about the organization.

Vijaya received her Ph.D. in organizational behavior and human resources from Purdue University in 2008. Prior to her doctoral studies, she worked in India as a human resources manager. 


Selected Publications

Sherf, E. & Venkataramani, V.  Friend or Foe? (Forthcoming). The impact of affective social relationships in forming judgments of fairness. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

Pearsall, M. & Venkataramani, V (Forthcoming). Overcoming Asymmetric Goals in Teams: The Interactive Roles of Team Learning Orientation and Team Identification. Journal of Applied Psychology.

Venkataramani, V., & Richter, A. & Clarke, R. (2014). Creative Benefits from Well-Connected Leaders? Leader Social Network Ties as Facilitators of Employee Radical Creativity. Journal of Applied Psychology. 99 (5), 966-975.

Venkataramani, V., Labianca, G, L., & Grosser, T (2013). Positive and Negative Workplace Relationships, Social Satisfaction, and Organizational Attachment. Journal of Applied Psychology, 98(6), 1028-1039.

Tangirala, S., Kamdar, D., Venkataramani, V., & Parke, M. (2013). Doing Right versus Getting Ahead: The Effects of Duty and Achievement Dimensions of Conscientiousness on Change-oriented Behaviors. Journal of Applied Psychology, 98(6), 1040-1050.

Venkataramani, V., Green, S.G., & Schleicher, D.J. (2010). Well-Connected Leaders: The impact of the leader’s social network ties on LMX and Member Attitudes. Journal of Applied Psychology, 95(6), 1071-1084.

Venkataramani, V., & Tangirala, S. (2010). When and Why Do Central Employees Speak Up? An Examination of Mediating and Moderating Variables. Journal of Applied Psychology, 95, 582-591.

Venkataramani, V. & Dalal, R.S. (2007). Who Helps and Harms Whom? Relational antecedents of interpersonal helping and harming in organizations.  Journal of Applied Psychology, 92, 952-966.

Schleicher, D.J., Venkataramani, V., Morgeson, F., & Campion, M.A. (2006). So you didn’t get the job: Now what do you think? Examining opportunity-to-perform fairness perceptions. Personnel Psychology, 59, 559-590.




Primary Research Areas 

  • Social Influence
  • Creativity
  • Social Networks
  • Organizational Fairness
  • Leadership