John Paul Stephens, PhD

Associate Professor
Organizational Behavior Department
Weatherhead School of Management

John Paul Stephens, PhD, received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Morgan State University and his master’s and doctoral degrees in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan.

His research focuses on the roles of perception, knowledge, and relationships in organizing, particularly in the performance of musical ensembles. His other research interests fall under the umbrella of positive organizational scholarship and include high-quality connections, strengths-based feedback, and the relationship between character strengths and person-job fit.

Dr. Stephens employs a variety of tools and methods, from structural equation modeling to video-based conversation analysis and ethnography, to examine how people’s self-knowledge, be it about their relationships, their strengths, or their behaviors, impacts their work.

His research has been published in the Journal of Positive Psychology and the Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology and Work, and has been presented in papers and symposia at the Annual Meetings of the Academy of Management.

Curriculum Vitae

Teaching Information

Teaching Interests

  • Organizational psychology/behavior
  • Positive organizational scholarship
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Negotiations and bargaining behavior

Research Information

Research Interests

  • Psychology of coordination
  • Performance adaptation
  • Performativity/practice
  • Organizational aesthetics
  • Mindfulness/attention
  • Organizational routines and knowledge
  • High-quality connections
  • Character strengths & strengths-based feedback

Recent Courses

  • Managing Negotiations
  • Understanding People and Change in Organizations
  • Independent Projects

Awards and Honors

MOC Outstanding Service Award, Managerial and Organizational Cognition Division
2017
Academy of Management
Outstanding Reviewer Award, Managerial and Organizational Cognition Division
2017
Academy of Management
Outstanding Reviewer Award, Managerial and Organizational Cognition Division
2016
Academy of Management
Nominee, Bruce Jackson, MD Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring
2016
Case Western Reserve University
Nominee, John S. Diekhoff Award for Distinguished Graduate Student Teaching
2016
Graduate Student Senate of Case Western Reserve University
Best Reviewer Award
2015
Academy of Management Review
Outstanding Reviewer Award, Managerial and Cognition Division & Organizational Behavior Division
2015
Academy of Management
thics Table Fellow, Beamer-Schneider Professorship in Ethics
2015
Case Western Reserve University
Nominee, John S. Diekhoff Award for Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring
2014
Graduate Student Senate of Case Western Reserve University
Best Paper
2013
University of California-Davis Conference on Qualitative Research
ACES+ ADVANCE Opportunity Grant Award
2012
ACES+ Initiative

External Appointments

  • Faculty Partner, Relational Coordination Research Collaborative. 2014 - Present
  • European Group for Organizational Studies. 2011 - 2012
  • Association for Psychological Science. 2006 - 2010
  • Academy of Managment. 2005 - Present
  • Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. 2005 - 2009
  • American Psychological Association. 2001 - 2009
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Administrative Science Quarterly, 2018 - Present
  • Board of Advisors of a Company, Relational Coordination Research Collaborative, Waltham, Massachusetts , 2018 - Present
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Journal of Business Ethics, 2015 - Present
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Frontiers in Psychology - Personality and Social Psychology, 2014 - Present
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Organizational Research Methods, 2014 - Present
  • Officer, Other Officer, Academy of Management Managerial and Organizational Cognition Division, 2014 - 2017
  • Editorial Review Board Member, Academy of Management Review, 2014 - 2017
  • Committee Member, PhD Student Admissions , 2013
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Organizational Aesthetics, 2013 - Present
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Human Relations, 2013 - Present
  • Editorial Review Board Member, Caribbean Journal of Psychology, Mona, 2013 - Present
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Group & Organization Management, 2013 - Present
  • Committee Member, PhD Student Admissions , 2012
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Organization Studies, 2012 - Present
  • Committee Member, Undergraduate Integrated Studies, 2011 - Present
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Academy of Management Journal, 2011 - Present
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Academy of Management Review, 2010 - 2014

Publications

Thomas*, N., Sugiyama*, K., Rochford*, K., Stephens*, J., Kanov, J. (2018). In Jody Hoffer Gittell (Ed.), Experiential organizing: Pursuing relational and bureaucratic goals through symbolically- and experientially-oriented work. New York, New York: Academy of Management Review.

Stephens, J. P., Carmeli, A. (2017). In Sven Hemlin & Michael Mumford (Ed.), Relational leadership and creativity: The effects of respectful engagement and caring on meaningfulness and creative work involvement. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.

Stephens, J. P., Carmeli, A. (2016). "The positive effect of expressing negative emotions on knowledge creation capability and performance of project teams." International Journal of Project Management, 34(5):862-873.

Stephens, J. P., Lyddy, C. J. (2016). In Ronald H. Humphrey (Ed.), Operationalizing heedful interrelating: How attending, responding, and feeling comprise coordinating and predict performance in self-managing teams. (vol. 7). Lausanne: Frontiers in Psychology.

Stephens, J. P., Kanov, J. (2016). In Nicola Pless and Delia Mannen (Ed.), Stories as artworks: Giving form to dignity in connections at work.   New York, N.Y.: Journal of Business Ethics.

Stephens, J. P. (2016). In Kimberly Elsbach & Beth Bechky (Ed.), Adapting for the sake of beauty: The role of leaders, levels, and learning in the coordination of a choral group. (vol. 3). Information Age Publishing.

Stephens, J. P., Boland, B. J., Phillips, Nelson (Ed.) (2015), "The aesthetic knowledge problem of problem-solving with design thinking." (vol. 24, issue 3, pp. 219-232). London: Journal of Management Inquiry.

Stephens, J. P. (2014). In Donna Ladkin & Steven S. Taylor (Ed.), Leading a group through feeling: Teaching by the movement of learning. (vol. 6, pp. 21). Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd..

Stephens, J. P., Carmeli, A. (2014). "Knowledge creation capability and project team performance: The importance of emotional carrying capacity." Academy of Management.

Stephens, J. P., Heaphy, E., Carmeli, A., Spreitzer, G., Dutton, J., Ron Fry & David Bright (Ed.) (2013). "Relationship quality and virtuousness: Emotional carrying capacity as a source of individual and team resilience."   (vol. 49, issue 1, pp. 13-41). Arlington, VA: Journal of Applied Behavioral Science.

Stephens, J. P., Heaphy, E. D., Dutton, J. E. (2011). In Kim Cameron & Gretchen Spreitzer (Ed.), High-Quality Connections   (pp. 385-399). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Stephens, J. P. (2011). In Arne Carlsen & Jane Dutton (Ed.), Making research sing: Sharing, building, and feeling knowledge in conversation.   Copenhagen: Copenhagen Business School Press.

Spreitzer, G. M., Stephens, J. P., Sweetman, D. (2009). "The Reflected Best Self field experiment with adolescent leaders: Exploring the psychological resources associated with feedback source and valence."   (vol. 4, issue 5, pp. 331-348). Journal of Positive Psychology.

Peterson, C., Stephens, J. P., Lee, F., Park, N., Seligman, M. E. (2009). In P.A. Linley, S. Harrington, & N. Garcea (Ed.), Strengths of character and work. (pp. 221-231). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Presentations

McBride-Walker, S., Stephens, J. P.  Relational Coordination Research Collaborative Roundtable, "Getting On the Same Temporal Page: Constructing Timely Communication in Role-Based Relationships For Project Commitment and Success ", Relational Coordination Research Collaborative, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. (2018).

Thomas, N. K. (Presenter & Author), Sugiyama, K. (Presenter & Author), Rochford, K. C. (Author Only), Stephens, J. P. (Presenter & Author), Kanov, J. (Presenter & Author)  Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS) Research Conference, "Achieving the common good through experiential organizing: Extending relational and bureaucratic pathways for organizations with purpose", Center for Positive Organizations, Ann Arbor, MI. (2017).

Stephens, J. P. (Presenter & Author), Varley, A. M. (Author Only)  RCRC Research Webinar, "Coordinating Complex Construction Projects – A Relational Approach", Relational Coordination Research Collaborative, (2016).

Suchman, A. (Coordinator/Organizer), Stephens, J. P. (Presenter Only), Varley, A. M. (Presenter Only), Lawson, R. (Presenter Only)  Relational Practices in Health and Healthcare: Healing through Collaboration, "Relational Coordination: a framework for exploring and improving the inner workings of collaborative work processes", Taos Institute, Cleveland, OH. (2016).

Stephens, J. P.  Academy of Management Meeting, "Insights on relational coordination in complex project delivery", Academy of Management , Anaheim, CA. (2016).

Stephens, J. P.  Positive Relationships at Work Meeting, "The roles of relationships, communication, and coordination in construction project management", Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, Ithaca, NY. (2016).

Stephens, J. P.  +Lab Pop-up Presentation, "Organizing for beauty: From parts to whole and back again", Center for Positive Organizations, Ann Arbor, MI. (2016).

Stephens, J. P.  Academy of Management Meeting, "Orchestrating the physical space for the learning of coordination", Academy of Management , Vancouver, BC. (2015).

Stephens, J. P., Carmeli, A.  Academy of Management Meeting, "Knowledge creation and project team performance: The role of emotional carrying capacity. ", Academy of Management , Philadelphia, PA. (2014).

Stephens, J. P., , .  Academy of Management Meeting, "The experience of learning to adaptively coordinate with others: A phenomenological perspective across levels of hierarchy and time", Academy of Management , Philadelphia, PA. (2014).

Stephens, J. P. (Presenter & Author), LeBaron, C. (Presenter & Author)  Sixth International Symposium on Process Organization Studies, "Teaching and Learning through Doing and Feeling Organizational Routines", Organization Studies, Rhodes, Greece. (2014).

Amelia, J. (Presenter & Author), Stephens, J. P. (Author Only), Knight, J. (Author Only)  Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, "Surgeons as active leaders in the operating room: Potential cost-saving behaviors.", Society of Gynecologic Oncology, Tampa, FL. (2014).

Stephens, J. P.  Positive Relationships at Work Meeting, "Leading parts and whole in orchestrating adaptive groups", Drexel University and the Center for Positive Organizations, Philadelphia, PA. (2014).

Stephens, J. P.  UC Davis Conference on Qualitative Research, "Repair in collective group performance: How individuals know and respond to breaches in coordination", University of California, Davis, UC Davis. (2013).

Stephens, J. P. (Presenter & Author)  Academy of Management Meeting, "Leading in coordination: The meta-feedback role of leaders of performative groups.", Academy of Management, Boston, MA. (2012).

Stephens, J. P. (Presenter & Author), Lindberg, A. (Author Only), Heaphy, E. (Author Only)  Qualitative Research in Management and Organization Conference, "Bringing the body back in: The role of bodily movement in organizational routines", University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. (2012).

Stephens, J. P.  Academy of Management Meeting, "Learning to coordinate as a large performative group: The roles of leaders and rehearsals", Academy of Management, San Antonio, TX. (2011).

Stephens, J. P.  Academy of Management Meeting, "Performing beauty: Attention, aesthetics and action in the coordination of a community choir.", Academy of Management, San Antonio, TX. (2011).

Stephens, J. P. (Presenter & Author), Heaphy, E. (Author Only), Carmeli, A. (Author Only), Spreitzer, G. (Author Only), Dutton, J. (Author Only), Bagozzi, R. (Author Only)  Academy of Management Meeting, "Relationship capacity as a source of resilience in individuals and teams in the workplace.", Academy of Management, San Antonio, TX. (2011).

Stephens, J. P., LeBaron, C. (Author Only)  Colloquium of the European Group for Organizational Studies, "Aesthetic routines: Examining communication and leadership in intragroup coordination", European Group for Organizational Studies, Gothenburg, Sweden. (2011).

Stephens, J. P., Boland, B. (Author Only)   Colloquium of the European Group for Organizational Studies, "Legitimizing convergence: Aesthetics as a bridge between managing and designing", European Group for Organizational Studies, Gothenburg, Sweden. (2011).

Stephens, J. P.  May Meaning Meeting, "The broadening and narrowing effects of emotions in intragroup coordination. The broadening and narrowing effects of emotions in intragroup coordination. ", Yale and Brigham Young Universities, Sundance, UT. (2011).

Dutton, J. (Presenter & Author), Spreitzer, G. (Author Only), Heaphy, E. (Author Only), Stephens, J. P. (Author Only)  Academy of Management Meeting, "When and how coworkers lend a hand: Compassionate responding to “gray- zone” events in coworkers’ lives", Academy of Management, Montreal, QC, Canada. (2010).

Stephens, J. P.  May Meaning Meeting, "The experience of individuals in a collective coordinating for beauty", Harvard University, Duxbury, MA. (2010).

Stephens, J. P.  Academy of Management Meeting, "The importance of choirs to organizing", Academy of Management, Chicago, IL. (2009).

Stephens, J. P. (Presenter & Author), Heaphy, E. (Author Only), Spreitzer, G. (Author Only), Dutton, J. (Author Only)  Academy of Management Meeting, "Developing a measure of high-quality connections at work: toward construct validation", Academy of Management, Anaheim, CA. (2008).

Stephens, J. P.  Academy of Management Meeting, " Sideways organizing at center stage: The case of choral singing", Academy of Management, Anaheim, CA. (2008).

Stephens, J. P.  Academy of Management Meeting, "Making music together: The role of attention to relatedness in organizing", Academy of Management, Philadelphia, PA. (2007).

Spreitzer, G. (Presenter & Author), Stephens, J. P. (Presenter & Author), Rosso, B. (Author Only), Sweetman, D. (Author Only), Dekas, K. (Author Only)  Gallup Leadership Institute Summit, "The roles of source and valence of feedback in leadership development: Preliminary findings from a field experiment", Gallup Leadership Institute, Washington, D.C.. (2006).

Education

Doctor of Philosophy
University of Michigan
2009
Master of Science
University of Michigan
2006
Bachelor of Science
Morgan State University
2004