David Mayer

David Mayer

  • Michael R. and Mary Kay Hallman Fellow
  • Associate Professor of Management and Organizations

Contact Information

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

David M. Mayer is an Associate Professor in the Management and Organizations Area at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. His research interests concern social and ethical issues in organizations. Specifically, he conducts research in three major areas: (1) behavioral ethics, (2) organizational justice, and (3) workplace diversity. A hallmark of his research is a focus on the effects of the organizational context (e.g., leadership, coworkers, climate) on employees’ unethical and pro-social behavior. He has published over 50 articles/chapters including over 25 articles in the following top management journals: Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Personnel Psychology. He is currently an associate editor at the Academy of Management Journal.

Executive Leadership

David (Dave) Mayer is an Associate Professor and Michael R. and Mary K. Hallman Faculty Fellow in the Management & Organizations Area at Michigan Ross. An award-winning researcher and highly-rated and sought after teacher and speaker, he is an expert on leadership, teams, decision making, employee engagement, ethics, and diversity.

His research focuses primarily on how leaders create positive (e.g., high-performing, engaged, virtuous) team and organizational cultures. His prolific and impactful work has earned him multiple research-related career awards from institutions such as the Academy of Management, American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, International Society for Justice Research, and Michigan Ross.

 

He is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review https://hbr.org/search?term=david+m.+mayer and Fast Company http://www.fastcompany.com/user/david-mayer , and his research and ideas have been covered in Bloomberg, Fortune, Huffington Post, HR Magazine, Los Angeles Times, 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 addition to his executive education teaching, he regularly speaks to not-for-profit and for-profit organizations about leadership.

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
Ross Thought In Action
Research by Professor David Mayer and PhD students Chen Zhang and Eun Bit Hwang shows on-the-job learning helps curb counterproductive behavior.

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