S. Mercedes McBride-Walker

S. Mercedes McBride-Walker
PhD Organizational Behavior, 2015 - Present

Mercedes McBride-Walker received her Master of Science in Organization Development from Pepperdine University and is now a Doctoral Student in the Department of Organizational Behavior in the Weatherhead School of Management of Case Western Reserve University. Mercedes has worked for and consulted with Fortune 500 companies and coached for leadership development for many years before transitioning to academia.

Curriculum Vita

MS, Pepperdine University, 2013
BA, University of Washington, 1992

Interests and Courses


What frees people up to do their best work? This question that fundamentally enquires into the organizational processes and practices that enable the best from people, and its converse of what dynamics keep people from doing their best work, frames my core research interests. Specifically, I am interested in applied research that aims to change the narrative of fear in organizations. The research streams that support this central area of interest include the neuroscience and psychology of threat response and fear narratives, psychological safety, resistance, coaching, and trust.


Managing People & Organizations, Organizational Theory, Behavior in Organizations, Performance & Rewards

Recent Courses and Syllabi

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  • McBride-Walker, S. (Presenter & Author) Academy of Management, "Fear of Incompetence: A New Motive for Being a Good Citizen? Impression Management as a Theoretical Framework for Understanding Fear as a Motivation for Non-Task Performance", Academy of Management, Organizational Behavior Division, (2017).
  • McBride-Walker, S. (Presenter & Author) Academy of Management, "Unconstrained by Fear: Reallocating Our Resources to Enable Meaningful Interfaces at the AOM Conference", Academy of Management, Organizational Behavior Division, (2017).
  • Van Oosten, E. B. (Presenter & Author), McBride-Walker, S. (Presenter & Author) SIOP 2017, "How coaching relationships influence leader effectiveness outcomes.", Society of Industrial & Organizational Psychology, Orlando, FL. (2017).
  • McBride-Walker, S. (Presenter & Author) Academy of Management, "Unconstrained by Fear: Reallocating Resources Toward a More Meaningful Conference Experience", Academy of Management, Organizational Behavior Division, Anaheim, CA. (2016).
  • McBride-Walker, S. EMONET X, "Toward a Working Definition of the Construct of Fear in the Management Sciences", EMONET, Rome, Italy. (2016).

Academic and Professional Activities

  • Organizational Behavior Teaching Society. 2017 - Present
  • Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. 2016 - Present
  • Academy of Management. 2014 - Present
  • WorldatWork. 2003 - Present
  • Committee Member, Admissions Committee, 2016