Sean Martin

Sean Martin

Associate Professor of Business Administration


FOB 138

Areas of Expertise

Leadership, Values, Social Class, Ethics

Education: B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara; MBA: California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo; Ph.D., Cornell Johnson Graduate School of Management.

Sean Martin is an associate professor at University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. His research addresses how organizational and societal contexts impart values and beliefs onto leaders and followers, and how those values subsequently influence their behaviors and organizational experiences. Prior to Darden, he taught at Boston College Carroll School of Management in the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. His research appears in top academic journals including Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Business Ethics and Organizational Psychology Review. His work has also been featured in outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., Harvard Business Review, The Boston Globe and Comedy Central.  

Martin obtained his B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara, his MBA from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, and his Ph.D. and an M.S. in management from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University. He teaches the required First Year course on "Leading Organizations" in the MBA program at Darden.


Selected Publications

Martin, S. R., & Côté, S. (in press). Social class transitioners: Their cultural abilities and organizational importance. Academy of Management Review. 

McClean, E., Martin, S. R., Emich, K. J., & Woodruff, T. (In press). The social consequences of voice: An examination of voice type and gender on status and subsequent leader emergence. Academy of Management Journal. 

Martin, S. R., Innis, B.* & Ward, R.* (2017). Social class, leaders and leadership: A critical review. Current Opinion in Psychology, 18, 49-54s.

Martin, S. R., Côté, S., & Woodruff, T. (2016). Echoes of our upbringing: How growing up wealthy or poor relates to narcissism, leader behavior, and leader effectiveness. Academy of Management Journal, 59, 2157-2177.

Martin, S. R. (2016). Stories about values and valuable stories: A field experiment of the power of narratives to shape newcomers’ actions. Academy of Management Journal, 59, 1707-1724.

Martin, S. R., Kish-Gephart, J., Detert, J. R. (2014) Blind forces: Ethical infrastructures and moral disengagement in organizations. Organizational Psychology Review, 4(4), 295-325.

Kish-Gephart, J., Detert, J., Treviño, L. K., Baker, V., and Martin, S. (2014) Situational influences on moral disengagement: The roles of personal gain and harm to others. Journal of Business Ethics, 125, 267-285.

Detert, J., Burris, E., Harrison, D., and Martin, S. (2013) Voice flows to and around leaders: Is more always better for unit performance? Administrative Science Quarterly, 58, 4, 624-668.