Gilad Chen

Robert H. Smith Chair in Organizational Behavior

4514 Van Munching Hall
(301) 405-0923
Ph.D., George Mason University

Dr. Gilad Chen is the Robert H. Smith Chair in Organization Behavior, at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. He received his bachelor degree in Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University in 1996, and his doctoral degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from George Mason University in 2001. Prior to joining the Smith School, Dr. Chen was on the faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Texas A&M University, and a visiting scholar at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Technion, and Tel-Aviv University.

Dr. Chen teaches courses on a variety of organizational behavior, human resource management, and methodological topics. His research focuses on work motivation, adaptation, teams and leadership, with particular interest in understanding the complex interface between individuals and the socio-technical organizational context. He has won several research awards, including the 2007 Distinguished Early Career Contributions Award from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the 2008 Cummings Scholar Award from the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management. Dr. Chen is also an elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, and Society of Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

His research has appeared in such journals as the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Personnel Psychology, Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes, and Research in Organizational Behavior. He is currently serving as Editor of the Journal of Applied Psychology, where he has previously served as Associate Editor. He is also an editorial board member of the Academy of Management Journal.

Primary Research Areas

  • Team and leadership effectiveness
  • Work motivation
  • Work performance and adaptation
  • Multilevel phenomena and methodology

Honors and Awards

Editor, Journal of Applied Psychology (Incoming Editor, 2014; Editor, 2015-2020)

Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award, University of Maryland (2014)

William A. Owens Scholarly Achievement Award, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (2013)

Elected Fellow, American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, and Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (2012)

Award for Best International Paper, Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management (2009)

Cummings Scholar Award for early- to mid-career scholarly achievement, Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management (2008)

Distinguished Early Career Contributions Award, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (2007)

Top 15% Teaching Award, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland (2008 & 2012)

Outstanding Reviewer Award, Academy of Management Journal (2005, 2006, 2007, & 2009)

Organizational Research Methods Best Article of the Year Award (2005)

American Society for Training and Development Research Article Award (2005)

Academy of Management’s Research Methods Division Best Paper Award (2005)

Academy of Management’s Research Methods Division Robert McDonald Advancement of Research Methodology Award (2004)

Consulting Work

  • BTG
  • Getronics
  • Halliburton
  • Home Depot
  • Lockheed Martin
  • NYLCare Health Plans
  • Perot Systems
  • SAIC
  • Self-Management Institute
  • U.S. Army


  • Firth, B. M., Chen, G., Kirkman, B. L., & Kim, K. (2014). Newcomers abroad: Expatriate adaptation during early phases of international assignments. Academy of Management Journal, 57, 280-300.
  • Chen, G., Farh, J. L., Campbell-Bush, E. M., Wu, Z., & Wu, X. (2013). Teams as innovative systems: Multilevel motivational antecedents of innovation in R&D teams. Journal of Applied Psychology, 98, 1018-1027.
  • Mathieu, J. E., Aguinis, H., Culpepper, S. A., & Chen, G. (2012). Understanding and estimating the power to detect cross-level interaction effects in multilevel modeling. Journal of Applied Psychology, 97, 951-966.
  • Chen, G., Sharma, P. N., Edinger, S., Shapiro, D. L., & Farh, J. L. (2011). Motivating and de-motivating forces in teams: Cross-level influences of empowering leadership and relationship conflict. Journal of Applied Psychology, 96, 541-557.
  • Chen, G., Ployhart, R. E., Cooper-Thomas, H. D., Anderson, N., & Bliese, P. D. (2011). The power of momentum: A new model of dynamic relationships between job satisfaction change and turnover decisions. Academy of Management Journal, 54, 159-181.
  • Mathieu, J. E. & Chen, G. (2011). The etiology of the multilevel paradigm in management research.Journal of Management, 37, 610-641.
  • Chen, G., Kirkman, B. L., Kim, K., Farh, C. I. C., & Tangirala, S. (2010). When does cross-cultural motivation enhance expatriate effectiveness? A multilevel investigation of the moderating roles of subsidiary support and cultural distance. Academy of Management Journal, 53, 1110-1130.
  • Chen, G., Kanfer, R., DeShon, R. P., Mathieu, J. E., & Kozlowski, S. W. J. (2009). The motivating potential of teams: A test and extension of Chen & Kanfer’s (2006) model. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 110, 45-55.
  • Chen, G. & Mathieu, J. E. (2008). Goal orientation dispositions and performance trajectories: The roles of supplementary and complementary situational inducements. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 106, 21-38.
  • Chen, G., Kirkman, B. L., Kanfer, R., Allen, D., & Rosen, B. (2007). A multilevel study of leadership, empowerment, and performance in teams. Journal of Applied Psychology, 92, 331-346.
  • Chen, G., & Kanfer, R. (2006). Toward a systems theory of motivated behavior in work teams. Research in Organizational Behavior, 27, 223-267.
  • Chen, G. (2005). Newcomer adaptation in teams: Multilevel antecedents and outcomes. Academy of Management Journal, 48, 101-116.


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