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Debra L. Shapiro

Debra L. Shapiro

Dean’s Chair in Organizational Behavior

Ph.D. Northwestern University


4520 Van Munching Hall

Dr. Debra L. Shapiro (Ph.D., Northwestern U) is the Dean’s Chair in Organizational Behavior and Clarice Smith Professor of Management at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Before joining Smith’s faculty, she was the Willard J. Graham Distinguished Professor at the U of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School (where she was on faculty from 1986 to 2003). At both business schools (as Associate Dean and Assistant Dean, respectively), Shapiro led the school’s PhD program (from 1998-2001 at UNC and 2008-2011 at UMD).

Shapiro’s external leadership roles include her serving from 2019-2023 on the executive board of the Society for Organizational Behavior (SOB) and her serving, for the Academy of Management (AOM), as: Chair of AOM’s Conflict Management Division, Representative-at-Large on AOM’s Board of Governors, Associate Editor of The Academy of Management Journal, and member of AOM’s Executive Committee (from 2012-2017) which included being AOM President (in 2016). One of the key AOM initiatives spearheaded by Shapiro (along with former AOM President Paul Adler) is “TLC@aom”— which is the creation of AOM’s annual Teaching and Learning Conference.

Shapiro's research focuses on strategies for managing various types of conflicts/challenges in organizations (e.g., coworker- and intra-team disagreements, employees’ perceived injustice, unethical employees, transgressing leaders, leader-departures, calls for justice via allyship, and organizations’ tarnished image following organization- and/or industry-related scandals). Her work aims to promote integrative agreements, organizational justice, ethical work behaviors, and positive work attitudes. She has received the International Association for Conflict Management’s (IACM’s) 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award and, over the course of her career, six “Best Paper Awards” from the Academy of Management’s Conflict Management Division and IACM. In 2019 Shapiro was named among the top 100 most influential organizational behavior (OB) authors— specifically, among the top .6% out of 16,289 citations for authors in OB textbooks; and, in 2021 (as well as after this) has been named among the top 2% researchers worldwide.

Shapiro’s research is published in leading academic journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Academy of Management Annals. She has co-edited two books: “Managing Multinational Teams: Global Perspectives” (published by Elsevier in 2005) and “The Psychology of Negotiation in the 21st Century Workplace: New Challenges and New Solutions” (published by The Psychology Press/Routledge in 2012).

Shapiro has received numerous teaching awards, including the 1997 PhD Teaching Award from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, the 2008 Allan Krowe Teaching Award from UMD’s Smith School, and the Smith School’s Distinguished Teaching Award for several years, most recently in 2022-23. She is an elected Fellow of: the Academy of Management, the Society for Organizational Behavior, Association for Psychological Science (APS), and the Ethics & Compliance Initiative.

Shapiro’s h-index is 63, and her Google Scholar citation count is nearly 26,000.

Selected Publications

Ding, W.W., Lee, H.J., & Shapiro, D.L. 2023. Are entrepreneurs penalized during job searches?: It depends on who is hiring. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 17(4): 713-740. (impact factor= 6.4).

Leavitt, K., Barnes, C., & Shapiro, D.L. in press. The role of human managers within algorithmic performance management systems: A process model of employee trust in managers through reflexivity. Academy of Management Review. 

Ganegoda, D., Shukla, J., & Shapiro, D.L. in press. Garnering support for social justice: When and why is “yes” likelier for “allies” versus “disadvantaged group advocates”? Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 182: pages not yet known.

Borut, L., Kluger, A.N., Reis, H., & Shapiro, D.L. in press. How (if at all) do perceptions of supervisor’s listening differ from general relationship quality?: Psychometric analysis. Journal of Business & Psychology.

Lucas, J.W., Hanges, P.J., Beavan, K., Epistola, J., Forgo, E., & Shapiro, D.L. in press. Perceptions of espoused versus enacted culture around sexual misconduct and other offenses among U.S. military service members. Armed Forces and Society.

Mesdaghinia, S., Eisenberger, R., Xueqi Wen, Z., Lewis, B., Qiu, F., & Shapiro, D.L. in press. How leaders drive followers' unethical behavior. Journal of Management.

Lu, S., Wang, L., Ni, D., Shapiro, D.L., & Zheng, X. in press. Mitigating the harms of abusive supercision on employee thriving: The buffering effects of employees' social-network centrality. Human Relations.

Farh, C.I., Liao, H., Shapiro, D.L., Shin, J., & Guan, O.Z.  2021. “Out of sight and out of mind? Networking strategies for enhancing inclusion in multinational organizations. Journal of Applied Psychology, 106(4): 582-598.

Leavitt, K., Qiu, F., & Shapiro, D.L. 2021. Using electronic confederates for experimental research in organizational science. Organizational Research Methods, 24: 3-25. (Note: An earlier version of this is in the 2019 Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings).

Levi, A., Shapiro, D.L., Fried, Y., Markoczy, L., & Noghani, F. 2019. When everyone works harder for fewer rewards, is it fair? Implications of “organization-wide hardship” for managing and studying organizational fairness. Group & Organization Management, 44(2): 396-424.

Rupp, D.E., Shapiro, D.L., Skarlicki, D. P., & Folger, R. 2017. A critical analysis of the conceptualization and measurement of ‘organizational justice’: Is it time for reassessment? Academy of Management Annals, 11(2): 919-959.

Huang, L., Gibson, C.B., Kirkman, B.L., & Shapiro, D.L. 2017. Is traditionalism an asset or a liability for team-innovation? A two-study empirical examination. Journal of International Business Studies, 48(6): 693–715.

Shapiro, D.L. Hom, P., Shen, W., & Agarwal, R. 2016. How do leader-departures affect subordinates’ organizational attachment?: A 360-degree relational perspective. Academy of Management Review, 41(3): 479-450.

Goldman, B.M., Shapiro, D.L., & Pearsall, M. 2016. Towards an understanding of the role of anticipatory justice in the employment dispute-resolution process. International Journal of Conflict Management, 27(2): 275-298.

Kim, T.Y., Edwards, J.R., & Shapiro, D.L. 2015. Social comparison and distributive justice: East Asia differences. Journal of Business Ethics, 132(2): 401-414.

Shin, J., Seo, M., Shapiro, D.L., & Taylor, M.S. 2015. Maintaining employees’ commitment to organizational change: The role of leaders’ informational justice and transformational leadership. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 51(4):501-528.

Mayer, D., Nurmohamed, S., Trevino, L., Shapiro, D.L., & Schminke, M. 2013. Encouraging employees to report unethical conduct internally: It takes a village. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 121: 89-103.

Zavyalova, A., Pfarrer, M.D., Reger, R.K., & Shapiro, D.L. 2012. Managing the message: The effects of firm actions and industry spillovers on media coverage following wrongdoing. The Academy of Management Journal, 55(5): 1079-2012.

Kulik, C.T., Pepper, M.B., Shapiro, D.L., & Cregan, C. 2012. The electronic water cooler: Insiders and outsiders talk about organizational justice on the internet. Communication Research, 39: 565-591.

Shapiro, D.L., Boss, A., Salas, S., Tangirala, S., & Von Glinow, M.A. 2011. When are transgressing leaders punitively judged?: An empirical test. Journal of Applied Psychology, 6(2): 412-422.

Honors and Awards

  • 2012 elected President-Elect, Academy of Management
  • Associate Editor, The Academy of Management Journal (2005-2007)
  • Named the Clarice Smith Professor of Management, University of Maryland, January 2006
  • Elected to the Board of Governors of the Academy of Management as a Representative-at-Large. April 2002
  • Fellow, Academy of Management (2009)
  • Fellow, Society of Organizational Behavior (2003)
  • Fellow, Ethics Resource Center (2003)
  • Named the Willard J. Graham Distinguished Professor of Management, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. December 2000
  • Recipient of the Best Empirical Paper Award from the International Association of Conflict Management. 1999
  • Recipient of the Best Paper Award from the Conflict Management Division of the Academy of Management. 1991, 1992, 1996, 2007
  • Recipient of the Decade Paper Award from the Academy of Management Learning & Education. 2024

Consulting Work

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Sara Lee, IBM, Allstate, and others, on issues regarding managing change, conflict/resistance, and team issues.



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