Dave Mayer

Dave Mayer

  • Jack D. Sparks Whirlpool Corporation Research Professor of Business Administration
  • Professor of Management and Organizations

Contact Information

Phone
(734) 936-1262
Fax
(734) 764-2555
Email
Room
R4334
Research

Dave Mayer, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Management and Organizations Area at the Ross School of Business at the University Michigan. An award-winning researcher and highly rated and sought after teacher and speaker, he is an expert on helping people and organizations lead ethically, inclusively, and positively. 

Dave earned his BA in psychology from the University of California, Davis and Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Maryland in 2004. He has published over 60 articles and book chapters including over 30 articles in leading refereed management and psychology journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Personnel Psychology. 

He has been awarded multiple career awards such as the Early Career Award from the International Society for Justice Research and the Cummings Scholarly Achievement Award from the Organizational Behavior (OB) Division of the Academy of Management. He is also a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, American Psychological Association, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. And, he was honored with the Executive Education Teaching Impact Award at Michigan Ross.

Dave has presented his research over 200 time including at over 30 universities and at many of the top business schools around the world, including Stanford University (Graduate School of Business), University of Pennsylvania (Wharton), Cornell University (Johnson), London Business School, New York University (Stern), Duke University (Fuqua), University of California, Berkeley (Haas), University of California, Los Angeles (Anderson), University of Virginia (Darden), University of North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler), University of Texas (McCombs), Vanderbilt University (Owen), Washington University (Olin), University of Toronto (Rotman), and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

He is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review and Fast Company, and his research and ideas have been covered in Bloomberg, Business Insider, CNBC, Forbes, Fortune, Huffington Post, HR Magazine, LinkedIn, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, NPR, Psychology Today, Slate, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

He has worked with leaders in dozens of organizations around the globe to improve their leadership skills and to help them develop more positive work cultures. He regularly gives keynote addresses and conducts workshops in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.

Executive Leadership

Dave Mayer, Ph.D. is the Jack D. Sparks-Whirlpool Corporation Research Professor in the Management and Organizations Area at the Ross School of Business at the University Michigan. An award-winning researcher and highly-rated and sought after teacher and speaker, he is an expert on helping people and organizations lead ethically, inclusively and positively. He enjoys teaching about leadership, teams, decision making, employee engagement, ethics and diversity.

Dave earned his BA in psychology from the University of California, Davis and Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Maryland in 2004. He has published over 60 articles and book chapters including over 30 articles in leading refereed management and psychology journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Personnel Psychology. His research has been cited over 11,000 times.

He has been awarded multiple career awards such as the Early Career Award from the International Society for Justice Research and the Cummings Scholarly Achievement Award from the Organizational Behavior (OB) Division of the Academy of Management. He is also a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, American Psychological Association, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. 

He is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review and Fast Company, and his research and ideas have been covered in Bloomberg, Business Insider, CNBC, Forbes, Fortune, Huffington Post, HR Magazine, LinkedIn, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, NPR, Psychology Today, Slate, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

As someone who has taught extensively in custom and open enrollment programs, he has a passion for teaching in Executive Education at Michigan Ross. Currently, he teaches in the Emerging Leaders Program, Leading High-Performing Teams, The Positive Leader, and is the faculty director for the Strategic Leaders Program in Ann Arbor and Hong Kong. In 2019, he won the Executive Education Teaching Impact Award at Michigan Ross—the top teaching honor awarded by Michigan Ross Executive Education.

He has worked with leaders in dozens of organizations around the globe to improve their leadership skills and to help them develop more positive work cultures. He regularly gives keynote addresses and conducts workshops in not-for-profit and for-profit organizations.

Dave lives in Ann Arbor Michigan with his son (Caleb), daughter (Avery), and wife (Amy). He enjoys spending time with his family, playing and watching sports (especially basketball), reading about and discussing current events, travelling and embarrassing his children with Dad jokes.

Leaders matter morally: The role of ethical leadership in shaping employee morale cognition and misconduct

Authors
Moore, C., Mayer, D. M., Chiang, F., Crossley, C. D., Karlesky, & Birtch, T. A. 2019
Published Date
2019

Source

Journal of Applied Psychology
Volume: 
1
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
1

Positive organizational scholarship: A lens to enrich organizational studies.

Authors
Spreitzer, G. M., Myers, C. G., Kopelman, S., & Mayer, D. M.
Published Date
2019

Source

Academy of Management Review
Volume: 
1
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
1

The money or the morals? The effectiveness of moral and economic language when selling social issues.

Authors
Mayer, D. M., Ong, M., Sonenshein, S., & Ashford, S. J. 2019.
Published Date
2019

Source

Journal of Applied Psychology
Volume: 
1
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
1

To get companies to take action on social issues, emphasize morals, not the business case

Authors
Mayer, D. M., Ong, M., Sonenshein, S., & Ashford, S. J.
Published Date
2019

Source

Harvard Business Review
Volume: 
1
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
1

Why rich parents are more likely to be unethical

Authors
Mayer, D.M
Published Date
2019

Source

The Conversation
Volume: 
1
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
1

How men get penalized for straying from masculine norms

Authors
Mayer, D. M.
Published Date
2018

Source

Harvard Business Review
Volume: 
1
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
1

More is less: Learning but not relaxing buffers the relationship between job stressors and deviance

Authors
Chen, Z., Mayer, D. M., & Hwang, E.
Published Date
2018

Source

Journal of Applied Psychology
Volume: 
103
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
123-136

Sending a clear signal: The joint effects of corporate social responsibility and task significance on employee citizenship behavior.

Authors
Ong, M., Mayer, D. M., & Tost, L. P.
Published Date
2018

Source

Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
Volume: 
144
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
44-59

To cope with stress, try learning something new

Authors
Zhang, C., Myers, G. M., & Mayer, D.
Published Date
2018

Source

Harvard Business Review
Volume: 
1
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
1

Urban Meyer, Ohio State football, and how leaders ignore unethical behavior

Authors
Mayer, D. M.
Published Date
2018

Source

Harvard Business Review
Volume: 
1
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
1

Want to be happier and more successful? Learn to like other people

Authors
Mayer, D. M.
Published Date
2017

Source

Fast Company

4 ways to bounce back when you’re treated unfairly at work

Authors
Mayer, D. M.
Published Date
2016

Source

Fast Company

Unpacking the moral logic of third-party voting

Authors
Mayer, D. M.
Published Date
2016

Source

Fast Company

Why are some whistleblowers vilified and others celebrated?

Authors
Mayer, D. M.
Published Date
2016

Source

Harvard Business Review

Why we secretly want leaders who’ll be unethical on our behalf

Authors
Mayer, D. M.
Published Date
2016

Source

Fast Company

Why your hiring process keeps missing candidates’ character flaws

Authors
Mayer, D. M.
Published Date
2016

Source

Fast Company

You should probably compare yourself to others more, not less

Authors
Mayer, D. M.
Published Date
2016

Source

Fast Company

Can a leader be too ethical? The curvilinear effects of ethical leadership.

Authors
Stouten, J., van Dijke, M., Mayer, D. M., De Cremer, D., Euwema, M.
Published Date
2013

Source

Leadership Quarterly
Volume: 
24
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
680-695

Encouraging employees to report unethical conduct internally: It takes a village

Authors
Mayer, D. M., Nurmohamed, S., Treviño, L. K., Shapiro, D. L., & Schminke, M.
Published Date
2013

Source

Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
Volume: 
121
Issue: 
2013
Pages: 
89-103

Leader mistreatment, employee hostility, and deviant behaviors: Integrating self-uncertainty and thwarted needs perspectives on deviance

Authors
Mayer, D. M., Thau, S., Workman, K., Van Dijke, M., & De Cremer, D.
Published Date
2012

Source

Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
Volume: 
117
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
24-40

When does procedural fairness promote organizational citizenship behavior? Integrating empowering leadership types in relational justice models

Authors
Van Dijke, M., De Cremer, D., Mayer, D. M., & van Quaquebeke, N.
Published Date
2012

Source

Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
Volume: 
117
Issue: 
2
Pages: 
235-248

When leaders sacrifice: The effects of sense of power and belongingness on leader's self-sacrifice

Authors
Hoogervorst, N., De Cremer, D., van Dijke, M., & Mayer, D. M.
Published Date
2012

Source

Leadership Quarterly
Volume: 
23
Issue: 
5
Pages: 
883-896

Why employees do bad things: Moral disengagement and unethical organizational behavior.

Authors
Moore, C., Detert, J. R., Treviño, L. K., Baker, V. L., & Mayer, D. M.
Published Date
2012

Source

Personnel Psychology
Volume: 
65
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
1-48

But affirmative action hurts us! Race-related beliefs shape perceptions of white disadvantage and policy unfairness

Authors
Shteynberg, G., Leslie, L. M., Knight, A. P., & Mayer, D. M. 2011
Published Date
2011

Source

Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
Volume: 
115
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
1-12

Why good guys finish last: The role of justification motives, cognition, and emotion in predicting retaliation against whistleblowers

Authors
Sumanth, J. J., Mayer, D. M., & Kay, V. S.
Published Date
2011

Source

Organizational Psychology Review
Volume: 
1
Issue: 
2
Pages: 
165-184

Cooperating when "You" and "I" are treated fairly: The moderating role of leader prototypicality

Authors
De Cremer, D., Van Dijke, M., & Mayer, D. M.
Published Date
2010

Source

Journal of Applied Psychology
Volume: 
95
Issue: 
6
Pages: 
1121-1133

Guest editor's introduction: On understanding ethical behavior and decision making: A behavioral ethics approach.

Authors
De Cremer, D., Mayer, D. M., & Schminke, M.
Published Date
2010

Source

Business Ethics Quarterly
Volume: 
20
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
1-6

The role of authority power in explaining procedural fairness effects

Authors
Van Dijke, M., De Cremer, D., & Mayer, D. M.
Published Date
2010

Source

Journal of Applied Psychology
Volume: 
95
Issue: 
3
Pages: 
488-502

When do procedural fairness and outcome fairness interact to influence employees' work attitudes and behaviors? The moderating effect of uncertainty

Authors
De Cremer, D., Brockner, J., Fishman, A., van Dijke, M., van Olffen, W., & Mayer, D. M.
Published Date
2010

Source

Journal of Applied Psychology
Volume: 
95
Pages: 
291-304

Do inclusive leaders help reduce turnover in diverse groups? The moderating role of leader-member exchange in the diversity to turnover relationship

Authors
Nishii, L. H., & Mayer, D. M.
Published Date
2009

Source

Journal of Applied Psychology
Volume: 
94
Issue: 
6
Pages: 
1412-1426

Good soldiers and good actors: Prosocial and impression management motives as interactive predictors of citizenship behavior

Authors
Grant, A. M., & Mayer, D. M
Published Date
2009

Source

Journal of Applied Psychology
Volume: 
94
Issue: 
4
Pages: 
900-912

How low does ethical leadership flow? Test of a trickle-down model

Authors
Mayer, D. M., Kuenzi, M., Greenbaum, R., Bardes, M., & Salvador, R.
Published Date
2009

Source

Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
Volume: 
108
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
1-13

Service attribute boundary conditions of the service climate-customer satisfaction link

Authors
Mayer, D. M., Ehrhart, M. G., & Schneider, B.
Published Date
2009

Source

Academy of Management Journal
Volume: 
52
Issue: 
5
Pages: 
1034-1050

When do fair procedures not matter? A test of the identity violation effect

Authors
Mayer, D. M., Greenbaum, R., Kuenzi, M., & Shteynberg, G
Published Date
2009

Source

Journal of Applied Psychology
Volume: 
94
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
142-161

When does self-sacrificial leadership motivate prosocial behavior: It depends on followers' prevention focus

Authors
De Cremer, D., Mayer, D. M., Schouten, B. C., Bardes, M., & van Dijke, M
Published Date
2009

Source

Journal of Applied Psychology
Volume: 
94
Issue: 
4
Pages: 
887-899

Making ethical climate a mainstream management topic: A review, critique, and prescription for the empirical research on ethical climate

Authors
Mayer, D. M, Kuenzi, M., & Greenbaum, R. L.
Published Date
2009

Source

Information Age Publishing
Psychological perspectives on ethical behavior and decision making
D. De Cremer

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