Batten Institute

Joel Brockner



Bio: Joel Brockner is the Phillip Hettelman Professor of Business at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. He is an internationally renowned expert in the management of organizational change; judgment and decision-making in organizations; and perceptions of justice in the workplace. At Columbia, he teaches organizational behavior and managerial decision-making to M.B.A. and executive audiences.

Professor Brockner is a prolific scholar. He is the author of two books, Entrapment in Escalating Conflicts (Springer-Verlag, 1985) and Self-Esteem at Work: Research, Theory and Practice (Simon & Schuster, 1988), and he has published numerous scholarly articles in such journals as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Administrative Science Quarterly, and Journal of Applied Psychology. As a result of his scholarship and academic contributions, he has been elected as a Fellow to both the Academy of Management and the American Psychological Association. In addition, he has been on the editorial boards of several prestigious academic journals and is an active consultant to Fortune 500 firms.

Professor Brockner earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from SUNY at Stony Brook. He received both his M.S. and Ph.D. from Tufts University.

Expertise: The Implications of Crisis Management for Corporate Innovation, Creativity, and Change–change management, organizational behavior, and managerial decision-making



Fellowship Focus: During his Fellowship, Joel Brockner will work with his faculty host, Professor Erika James, on an academic paper examining the change, creativity, and innovation processes associated with managing a corporate crisis. Currently, most of the literature on crisis management centers on communications and public relations. Professor Brockner and Professor James hope to bring crisis management front and center in the business literature by focusing on how crisis management affects an organization’s ability to grow and think innovatively. It is often said that crisis presents opportunity (including opportunity for organizational innovation, creativity, and growth), but the process by which crisis translates into opportunity is poorly understood. The Fellowship is designed to shed light on this very process.

In addition to writing an academic paper, Professor Brockner plans to develop a technical note with Professor James, to capture the essence of the crisis management process, especially as it relates to organizational change, creativity, and innovation.

Contact Info

Appointment: 2004­–2005 

Publications & News


Entrapment in Escalating Conflicts (1985)

Self-Esteem at Work: Research, Theory and Practice (1988)

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