Batten Institute

Arthur P. Brief



Bio: Arthur Brief is the Lawrence Martin Chair of Business at Tulane’s A.B. Freeman School of Business. He is also Director of the William B. and Evelyn Burkenroad Institute for the Study of Ethics and Leadership in Management. Before going to Tulane, Brief was on the faculties of several other schools, including New York University’s Stern School of Business. In addition to lecturing throughout the United States, he has taught organizational behavior around the world.

Professor Brief is a recipient of the Freeman School’s award for teaching, the Wissner Award, and the Academic Leadership Award from the Aspen Institute’s Initiative for Social Innovation through Business and the World Resources Institute for integrating social and environmental concerns into business education. His scholarship, which focuses on job-related distress and ethical decision-making in organizations, also has received awards.

He was co-editor of Issues in Organization and Management and editor of a series of ancestral books in administrative science. Currently, Brief is co-editor of the Lawrence Erlbaum Associates “Organization and Management” series. He has served on the editorial board of the Academy of Management Journal and was an associate editor of the Academy of Management Review. In January 2003, he became the editor of the Academy of Management Review.

He received his Ph.D. and M.S. in management and organization from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned his B.S. in industrial management from the University of Tennessee.

Expertise: Demographically diverse work environments – personal career growth, organizational diversity 


Fellowship Focus: The focus of Arthur Brief’s Batten Fellowship is to collaborate with his faculty host, Erika James, on research resulting in several papers, cases, technical teaching notes, and presentations. The goal of their research is to help organizations and the individuals in them work at peak performance and avoid the pitfalls that can be associated with a poorly managed diverse workforce.

With Erika James, he will write one academic paper and one practitioner paper targeted for publication in various journals. These articles are to be based on research that examines the social, physiological, and emotional reactions by black employees to their colleagues’ perceived negative and racially motivated behavior.

Additionally, their collaboration will lead to production of two cases and teaching notes that explore the experience of discrimination in the workplace. These cases will be developed based on the experiences of participants in the sample used in his research with Professor James.

Professor Brief will present research on racial attitudes in the workplace to faculty from Darden and the McIntire School of Commerce. He will also interact with the Darden community through his attendance at the Darden Diversity Conference in June 2003 and through his hosting a roundtable discussion with the Black Business Student Forum at Darden.

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Appointment: 2002–2003  

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Books include: Task Design and Employee Motivation; Managing Job Stress; and Attitudes In and Around Organizations.

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