Faculty – John Paul Stephens

John Paul Stephens - Associate Professor, Organizational Behavior
Associate Professor, Organizational Behavior

jps136@case.edu
216.368.1710
Peter B. Lewis Building 428
Office Hours: By Appointment Only

The research of John Paul Stephens, PhD, focuses on the roles of individual-level perception and knowledge, and relationship quality in the collective performance of groups and organizations. These research interests fall under the umbrella of positive organizational scholarship, which addresses how our knowledge and behavior in organizations are shaped in inherently positive or virtuous ways. Stephens has researched how individual perception in group work involves aesthetic knowledge of the beauty of the group’s coordinating and motivates constant adaptation to preserve the quality of collective performance. He has also looked at how individual strengths of good character relate to person-job fit, and how strengths-based feedback influences individual leadership development. In his conceptual work, he has looked at how what we feel in our experiences at work matters both for problem-solving at the organizational level and for a sense of dignity in our relationships at work.

Stephens has used a range of methodologies in the course of his research, including ethnographic methods such as interviews, participant-observation, and video analysis; lab-based experiments; and field-based surveys. His research has been published in the JOURNAL OF APPLIED BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE, JOURNAL OF POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY, JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT INQUIRY, JOURNAL OF BUSINESS ETHICS, OXFORD HANDBOOK OF POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY AND WORK, and the OXFORD HANDBOOK OF POSITIVE ORGANIZATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP. He has also presented his research in papers and symposia at the Annual Meetings of the Academy of Management and other international forums. Currently, he serves as an editorial board member of the ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT REVIEW and on the executive committee of the Managerial and Organizational Cognition Division of the Academy of Management.

Stephens received his master’s and doctoral degrees in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan. Since joining the faculty at Weatherhead School of Management in 2010, Stephens’ teaching focuses on organizational psychology/behavior, positive organizational scholarship, qualitative research methods, and negotiations and bargaining behavior.

In 2015 he was awarded the Outstanding Reviewer Award, ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT REVIEW. In 2013, he received the Best Paper Award, University of California-Davis Conference on Qualitative Research. Stephens has been an Ethics Table Fellow, Beamer-Schneider Professorship in Ethics, Case Western Reserve University. He is also the recipient of ACES+ ADVANCE Opportunity Grant Award, ACES+ Initiative, and has been nominated for University and Weatherhead teaching and mentoring awards.

Curriculum Vita

PhD, University of Michigan, 2009
MS, University of Michigan, 2006
BS, Morgan State University, 2004

Initially Appointed: 2010

Interests and Courses

Research

Psychology of coordination, performance adaptation, performativity/practice, organizational aesthetics, mindfulness/attention, organizational routines and knowledge, high-quality connections, character strengths & strengths-based feedback

Teaching

Organizational psychology/behavior, Positive organizational scholarship, Qualitative research methods, Negotiations and bargaining behavior

Recent Courses and Syllabi

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Selected Publications


Presentations

  • Stephens, J. P. Academy of Management Meeting, "Insights on relational coordination in complex project delivery", Academy of Management , Anaheim, CA. (2016).
  • Stephens, J. P. Positive Relationships at Work Meeting, "The roles of relationships, communication, and coordination in construction project management", Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, Ithaca, NY. (2016).
  • Stephens, J. P. Academy of Management Meeting, "Orchestrating the physical space for the learning of coordination", Academy of Management , Vancouver, BC. (2015).
  • Stephens, J. P., Carmeli, A. Academy of Management Meeting, "Knowledge creation and project team performance: The role of emotional carrying capacity. ", Academy of Management , Philadelphia, PA. (2014).
  • Stephens, J. P., , . Academy of Management Meeting, "The experience of learning to adaptively coordinate with others: A phenomenological perspective across levels of hierarchy and time", Academy of Management , Philadelphia, PA. (2014).
  • Stephens, J. P. (Presenter & Author), LeBaron, C. (Presenter & Author) Sixth International Symposium on Process Organization Studies, "Teaching and Learning through Doing and Feeling Organizational Routines", Organization Studies, Rhodes, Greece. (2014).
  • Amelia, J. (Presenter & Author), Stephens, J. P. (Author Only), Knight, J. (Author Only) Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, "Surgeons as active leaders in the operating room: Potential cost-saving behaviors.", Society of Gynecologic Oncology, Tampa, FL. (2014).
  • Stephens, J. P. Positive Relationships at Work Meeting, "Leading parts and whole in orchestrating adaptive groups", Drexel University and the Center for Positive Organizations, Philadelphia, PA. (2014).
  • Stephens, J. P. UC Davis Conference on Qualitative Research, "Repair in collective group performance: How individuals know and respond to breaches in coordination", University of California, Davis, UC Davis. (2013).
  • Stephens, J. P. (Presenter & Author) Academy of Management Meeting, "Leading in coordination: The meta-feedback role of leaders of performative groups.", Academy of Management, Boston, MA. (2012).
  • Stephens, J. P. (Presenter & Author), Lindberg, A. (Author Only), Heaphy, E. (Author Only) Qualitative Research in Management and Organization Conference, "Bringing the body back in: The role of bodily movement in organizational routines", University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. (2012).
  • Stephens, J. P. Academy of Management Meeting, "Learning to coordinate as a large performative group: The roles of leaders and rehearsals", Academy of Management, San Antonio, TX. (2011).
  • Stephens, J. P. Academy of Management Meeting, "Performing beauty: Attention, aesthetics and action in the coordination of a community choir.", Academy of Management, San Antonio, TX. (2011).
  • Stephens, J. P. (Presenter & Author), Heaphy, E. (Author Only), Carmeli, A. (Author Only), Spreitzer, G. (Author Only), Dutton, J. (Author Only), Bagozzi, R. (Author Only) Academy of Management Meeting, "Relationship capacity as a source of resilience in individuals and teams in the workplace.", Academy of Management, San Antonio, TX. (2011).
  • Stephens, J. P., LeBaron, C. (Author Only) Colloquium of the European Group for Organizational Studies, "Aesthetic routines: Examining communication and leadership in intragroup coordination", European Group for Organizational Studies, Gothenburg, Sweden. (2011).
  • Stephens, J. P., Boland, B. (Author Only) Colloquium of the European Group for Organizational Studies, "Legitimizing convergence: Aesthetics as a bridge between managing and designing", European Group for Organizational Studies, Gothenburg, Sweden. (2011).
  • Stephens, J. P. May Meaning Meeting, "The broadening and narrowing effects of emotions in intragroup coordination. The broadening and narrowing effects of emotions in intragroup coordination. ", Yale and Brigham Young Universities, Sundance, UT. (2011).
  • Dutton, J. (Presenter & Author), Spreitzer, G. (Author Only), Heaphy, E. (Author Only), Stephens, J. P. (Author Only) Academy of Management Meeting, "When and how coworkers lend a hand: Compassionate responding to “gray- zone” events in coworkers’ lives", Academy of Management, Montreal, QC, Canada. (2010).
  • Stephens, J. P. May Meaning Meeting, "The experience of individuals in a collective coordinating for beauty", Harvard University, Duxbury, MA. (2010).
  • Stephens, J. P. Academy of Management Meeting, "The importance of choirs to organizing", Academy of Management, Chicago, IL. (2009).
  • Stephens, J. P. (Presenter & Author), Heaphy, E. (Author Only), Spreitzer, G. (Author Only), Dutton, J. (Author Only) Academy of Management Meeting, "Developing a measure of high-quality connections at work: toward construct validation", Academy of Management, Anaheim, CA. (2008).
  • Stephens, J. P. Academy of Management Meeting, " Sideways organizing at center stage: The case of choral singing", Academy of Management, Anaheim, CA. (2008).
  • Stephens, J. P. Academy of Management Meeting, "Making music together: The role of attention to relatedness in organizing", Academy of Management, Philadelphia, PA. (2007).
  • Spreitzer, G. (Presenter & Author), Stephens, J. P. (Presenter & Author), Rosso, B. (Author Only), Sweetman, D. (Author Only), Dekas, K. (Author Only) Gallup Leadership Institute Summit, "The roles of source and valence of feedback in leadership development: Preliminary findings from a field experiment", Gallup Leadership Institute, Washington, D.C.. (2006).

Academic and Professional Activities

  • Faculty Partner, Relational Coordination Research Collaborative. 2014 - Present
  • European Group for Organizational Studies. 2011 - 2012
  • Association for Psychological Science. 2006 - 2010
  • Academy of Managment. 2005 - Present
  • Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. 2005 - 2009
  • American Psychological Association. 2001 - 2009
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Journal of Business Ethics, 2015 - Present
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Frontiers in Psychology - Personality and Social Psychology, 2014 - Present
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Organizational Research Methods, 2014 - Present
  • Officer, Other Officer, Academy of Management Managerial and Organizational Cognition Division, 2014 - Present
  • Editorial Review Board Member, Academy of Management Review, 2014 - Present
  • Committee Member, PhD Student Admissions , 2013
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Organizational Aesthetics, 2013 - Present
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Human Relations, 2013 - Present
  • Editorial Review Board Member, Caribbean Journal of Psychology, Mona, 2013 - Present
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Group & Organization Management, 2013 - Present
  • Committee Member, PhD Student Admissions , 2012
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Organization Studies, 2012 - Present
  • Committee Member, Undergraduate Integrated Studies, 2011 - Present
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Academy of Management Journal, 2011 - Present
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Academy of Management Review, 2010 - 2014

Awards

  • Nominee, John S. Diekhoff Award for Distinguished Graduate Student Teaching, Graduate Student Senate of Case Western Reserve University. (2016).
  • Best Reviewer Award, Academy of Management Review. (2015).
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award, Managerial and Cognition Division & Organizational Behavior Division - Academy of Management. (2015).
  • Ethics Table Fellow, Beamer-Schneider Professorship in Ethics, CWRU. (2015).
  • Nominee, John S. Diekhoff Award for Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring, Graduate Student Senate of Case Western Reserve University. (2014).
  • Best Paper, University of California-Davis Conference on Qualitative Research. (2013).
  • ACES+ ADVANCE Opportunity Grant Award, ACES+ Initiative. (2012).