Debra L. Shapiro

Clarice Smith Professor of Management & Organization

4520 Van Munching Hall
(301) 405-9781
Ph.D. Northwestern University

Debra L. Shapiro (Ph.D. Northwestern U) is the Clarice Smith Professor at the U of Maryland (UMD), formerly the Willard Graham Distinguished Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill where she was 1986-2003. Debra has led UNC’s and MD’s business schools’ PhD Programs (as Associate Dean at UNC from 1998-2001 and UMD from 2008-2011). Debra’s leadership also includes her being: Division Chair of The Academy’sConflict Management Division, Representative-at-Large on the Academy’s Board of Governors and Chair of the Academy’s Division/Interest Group Review Committee, AMJ Associate Editor, AMR guest co-editor, and member of the HR Division’s Scholar Achievement Award Committee, the OB Division’sCummings Scholarly Achievement Award Committee and Social Events Taskforce, and many Academy-wide Committees (e.g., AMR Best Paper Award, Career Achievement Awards, Terry Book Award, Newman Dissertation Award). Debra studies strategies (negotiating, mediating, dispute-resolving) for facilitating fairness, positive work-related behaviors, and win-win agreements, especially in challenging situations (e.g., when employees resist change, perceive injustice, or have differing cultural values). Debra’s work has won “Best Paper Awards” five times and is in ASQ, AMJ, AMR, AME, OBHDP, JAP, JPSP, JESP, JOB, Communication Research, several Handbooks (spanning negotiation, culture, and justice) and the OB Division’s inaugural podcast series among other outlets. Debra is a four-time recipient of Best Paper Awards from the AOM's Conflict Management Division (in 1991, 1992, 1996, and 2007) and the 1999 recipient of the Best Empirical Paper Award from the International Association for Conflict Management. Debra has also published two books—“Managing Multinational Teams: Global Perspectives” (co-edited with Mary Ann Von Glinow and Joe Cheng, published by Elsevier in 2005) and a forthcoming SIOP’s 2012 Frontier Series (co-edited with Barry Goldman and published by The Psychology Press/Routledge), “The Psychology of Negotiation in the 21st Century Workplace: New Challenges and New Solutions.” Debra received UNC’s 1997 PhD Teaching Award and UMD’s 2007 Krowe Teaching Award and is a Fellow of The Academy of Management, Society of Organizational Behavior, and the Ethics Resource Center. Debra’s body of work, as of March 2018, has nearly 15,000 citation-counts on Google Scholar and has nearly 12,000 citation-counts on the narrower set of outlets tracked by the Web of Science. In her free time Debra enjoys sports, arts, philanthropic activities, and playing “mediator” to family members who support opposing sports teams.

Primary Research Areas

  • Managing conflict in organizations and teams
  • Managing perceptions of organizational injustice
  • Cross-functional or international-diversity
  • Negotiations and third-party interventions, impression-managing strategies

Selected Publications

Rupp, D.E., Shapiro, D.L., Skarlicki, D. P., & Folger, R. in press. A critical analysis of the conceptualization and measurement of ‘organizational justice’: Is it time for reassessment? Academy of Management Annals.

Huang, L., Gibson, C.B., Kirkman, B.L., & Shapiro, D.L. in press. Is traditionalism an asset or a liability for team-innovation? A two-study empirical examination. Journal of International Business Studies.

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.

Kirkman, B.L., Shapiro, D.L., Lu, S., & McGurrin, D. 2016. Culture and teams. Current Opinion in Psychology, 8: 137-142 (doi:10.1016/j.copsyc.2015.12.001).

Jin, S., Seo, M., & Shapiro, D.L. 2016. Do happy leaders lead better? Affective and attitudinal antecedents of transformational leadership. The Leadership Quarterly, 27: 64–84.

Burnett, M.F., Chiaburu, D.S., Shapiro, D.L., & Li, N. 2015. Revisiting how and when perceived organizational support enhances taking charge: An inverted U-shaped perspective. Journal of Management, 41(7): 1805-1826.

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. (2015 Douglas McGregor Memorial Award for Best Paper of the Year)

Aguinis, H., Shapiro, D.L., Antonacopoulou, E.P., & Cummings, T.G. 2014.  Scholarly impact: A pluralist conceptualization. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 13: 623-639. (This was a finalist for Best AMLE 2014 Publication Award).

Gibson, C.B., Huang, L., Kirkman, B.L., & Shapiro, D.L. 2014. Where global and virtual meet: The value of examining the intersection of these elements in 21st century teams. Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, 1(1): 217-244.

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.

Chen, G., Sharma, P.N., Edinger, S., Shapiro, D.L., & Farh. J.L. 2011. Motivating and demotivating forces in teams: Cross-level influences of empowering leadership and relationship conflict. Journal of Applied Psychology, 96(3): 541-557.

Schei, V., Rognes, J., & Shapiro, D.L. 2011. Can individualists and cooperators play together?: The effects of mixed social motives in negotiations. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47(2): 371-377.

Farh, C., Bartol, K.,Shapiro, D.L., & Shin, J. 2010. Networking abroad: A process model of how expatriates form support ties to facilitate adjustment. Academy of Management Review, 35(3): 434-454.

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

Consulting Work

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