Aleksander P.J. Ellis

Assistant Department Head, Management and Organizations
Stephen P. Robbins Chair in Organizational Behavior
Research Director, Center for Leadership Ethics


Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Michigan State University, 2003
M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Michigan State University, 1999
B.A., Cornell University, 1996

Areas of Expertise

  • The behavior of groups and teams in organizations
  • Counterproductive behavior, specifically unethical and deviant behavior in the workplace
  • Human resource management issues, including turnover and performance appraisal


MGMT 556 Teams and Leadership in Organizations
MGMT 580A Analysis of Behavior in Organizational Systems
MGMT 696Q Groups and Teams
MGMT 520 Managing Ethics in Organizations
MGMT 524E Groups and Teams

Publications and Working Papers

Selected Publications

Motro, D., & Ellis, A.P.J. (2017). Boys, don’t cry: Gender and reactions to negative performance feedback. Journal of Applied Psychology, 102, 227-235.

Mai, K.M., Ellis, A.P.J., Christian, J.S., & Porter, C.O.L.H (2016). Examining the effects of turnover intentions on OCBs and deviance behavior: A psychological contract approach. Journal of Applied Psychology, 101, 1067-1081.

Welsh, D.T., Ellis, A.P.J., Mai, K.M., & Christian, M.S. (2014). Building a self-regulatory model of sleep deprivation and deception: The role of conformity and caffeine. Journal of Applied Psychology, 99, 1268-1277.

Ellis, A.P.J., Mai, K.M., & Christian, J.S. (2013). Examining the asymmetrical effects of goal faultlines in groups: A categorization-elaboration approach. Journal of Applied Psychology, 98(6), 948-961. 

Christian, M.S., & Ellis, A.P.J (2011). Examining the effects of sleep deprivation on workplace deviance: A self-regulatory approach. Academy of Management Journal, 54(5), 913-934.

Pearsall, M.J., & Ellis, A.P.J. (2011). Thick as thieves: The effects of ethical orientation and psychological safety on unethical behavior in teams. Journal of Applied Psychology, 96(2), 401-411.

Pearsall, M.J., Christian, M.S., & Ellis, A.P.J. (2010). Motivating interdependent teams: Individual rewards, shared rewards, or something in between? Journal of Applied Psychology, 95(1), 183-191.

Pearsall, M.J., Ellis, A.P.J., & Evans, J. (2008). Unlocking the effects of gender faultlines on team creativity: Is activation the key? Journal of Applied Psychology, 93(1), 225-234.

Ellis, A.P.J. (2006). System breakdown: The role of mental models and transactive memory in the relationship between acute stress and team performance. Academy of Management Journal, 49(3), 576-589.


  • Academy of Management Journal, Editorial Board
  • Journal of Applied Psychology, Editorial Board
  • Personnel Psychology, Editorial Board