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Sean Martin

Donald and Lauren Morel Associate Professor of Business Administration


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Areas of Expertise

Leadership, 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 is an associate professor at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. His award-winning research addresses topics related to leadership, as well as how organizational culture and societal contexts affect leaders and followers. His work appears in top academic journals including Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin among others. He also currently serves as an associate editor for Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

Sean regularly works with executives and managers to teach and conduct research on topics related to principled leadership, social class, employee voice, organizational culture, communication, employee integration and motivation. He has worked across a diverse range of industries including governmental organizations, creative firms, tech and IT firms, insurance organizations and financial institutions.

At Darden, Sean teaches leadership and leadership development in the residential and executive MBA programs, and a wide range of topics in Darden's executive education programs.

Sean obtained his PhD and an MS in Management from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University, his MBA from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, and his BA in Global Studies and Spanish from the University of California at Santa Barbara.


Selected Publications

Martin, S.R., Lee, J.J., & Parmar, B.L. (in press). Social distance, trust and getting "hooked": A phishing expedition. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

Martin, S. R., & Côté, S. (2019). Social class transitioners: Their cultural abilities and organizational importance. Academy of Management Review, 44, 618-642.

McClean, E., Martin, S. R., Emich, K. J., & Woodruff, T. (2018). The social consequences of voice: An examination of voice type and gender on status and subsequent leader emergence. Academy of Management Journal, 61, 1869-1891.

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

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.