Photo of Nancy Rothbard

Nancy Rothbard

David Pottruck Associate Professor of Management

Research Interests: emotion and identity, work motivation and engagement, work-life and career development, organizational behavior

Links: CV

Contact Information

Address: 2022 SH-DH, 3620 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 898-1102
Office Fax: (215) 898-0401


Professor Nancy Rothbard received her A.B. from Brown University and her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of Michigan. She is an Associate Professor of Management at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Prior to joining the faculty at Wharton, she was on faculty at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University. Professor Rothbard’s research focuses on the interplay between emotions and engagement in multiple roles. Specifically, she explores how people’s emotional responses to one role or task affect their subsequent engagement in another role or task. She has examined these questions in the context of work and family roles and in the context of multiple tasks that people perform within the work role. Her work has been published in academic journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Organization Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Organization Science, and Personnel Psychology. In addition to her academic articles, Professor Rothbard has authored several Harvard Business School case studies. Her teaching cases touch on the topics of leadership, corporate culture, and organizational change. Professor Rothbard received the 2000 Likert Dissertation Award from the University of Michigan. She is also the recipient of the Gerald and Lillian Dykstra Award for Teaching Excellence and the Wharton Teaching Commitment and Curricular Innovation Award, 2010.


  • Nancy Rothbard, Steffanie L. Wilk (Working), In the eye of the beholder: The relationship between employee and supervisor perceptions of engagement and their effect on performance.
  • Nancy Rothbard, Justin Berg, Ariane Ollier-Malaterre (Working), OMG my boss just friended me: Boundary management and the role of hierarchy, disclosure, and gender in online social networking.
  • Adam Grant, Nancy Rothbard (2013), When in doubt, seize the day? Security values, prosocial values, and proactivity under ambiguity, Journal of Applied Psychology, 98, 810 - 819. doi: 10.1037/a0032873.    Abstract
  • Anca Metiu, Nancy Rothbard (2013), Task Bubbles, Artifacts, Shared Emotion, and Mutual Focus of Attention: A Comparative Study of the Microprocesses of Group Engagement, Organization Science doi: 10.1287/orsc.1120.0738.    Abstract
  • Tracy Dumas, Katherine W Phillips, Nancy Rothbard (2013), Getting Closer at the Company Party: Integration Experiences, Racial Dissimilarity, and Workplace Relationships, Organization Science doi: 10.1287/orsc.1120.0808.    Abstract
  • Ariane Ollier-Malaterre, Nancy Rothbard, Justin Berg (2013), When worlds collide in cyberspace: How boundary work on online social networks impacts professional relationships, Academy of Management Review, 38 (4).    Abstract
  • Nancy Rothbard, Shefali Patil (MGMT) (2011), Being There: Work Engagement and Positive Organizational Scholarship, The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship, Forthcoming.  
  • Nancy Rothbard, Steffanie L. Wilk (2011), Waking up on the right or wrong side of the bed: Start-of-workday mood, work events, employee affect, and performance, Academy of Management Journal, 54 (5), 959 - 980. doi: 10.5465/amj.2007.0056 .  Related Materials
  • Nancy Rothbard, Shefali Patil, "Being there: Work engagement and positive organizational scholarship". In Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship, edited by K. Cameron, G. Spreitzer, (2010).
  • Nancy Rothbard, Lakshmi Ramarajan (2009), Checking Your Identities at the Door? Positive Relationships Between Nonwork and Work Identities, Exploring Positive Identities and Organizations: Building a Theoretical and Research Foundation  
  • Gina Dokko, Steffanie Wilk, Nancy Rothbard (2009), Unpacking prior experience: How career history affects individual performance, Organization Science, 20: 51-68.    Abstract
  • Katherine W. Phillips, Nancy Rothbard, Tracy L. Dumas (2009), To Disclose or Not to Disclose? Status Distance and Self-Disclosure in Diverse Environments, Academy of Management Review, 34 (4), 710 - 732.    Abstract
  • Tracy L. Dumas, Nancy Rothbard, Katherine W. Phillips (2008), Self disclosure in demographically diverse groups, Research on Managing Groups and Teams, 11, 143 - 156.    Abstract
  • Nancy Rothbard, Tracy L. Dumas (2006), Managing the Work-Home Interface: A Psychological Perspective, Psychology Press  
  • Nancy Rothbard, Katherine W. Phillips, Tracy L. Dumas (2005), Managing multiple roles: Work-family policies and individuals' desires for segmentation, Organization Science, 16, 243-258.    Abstract
  • Jeffrey R. Edwards, Nancy Rothbard, Work and Life Integration: Organizational Cultural and Psychological Perspectives in a Global World (2004).  
  • Nancy Rothbard, Jeffrey R. Edwards (2003), Investment in work and family roles: A test of identity and utilitarian motives, Personnel Psychology, 56, 699-730.    Abstract
  • Nancy Rothbard (2001), Enriching or Depleting? The dynamics of engagement in work and family roles, Administrative Science Quarterly, 46: 655-684.    Abstract
  • Jeffrey R. Edwards, Nancy Rothbard (2000), Mechanisms linking work and family: Specifying the relationships between work and family constructs, Academy of Management Review, 25: 178-199.    Abstract
  • Nancy Rothbard, Jeanne M. Brett (2000), Promote equal opportunity by recognizing gender differences in the experience of work and family, Blackwell Handbook of Principles of Organizational Behavior  
  • Jeffrey R. Edwards, Nancy Rothbard (1999), Work and family stress and well-being: An examination of person-environment fit in the work and family domains, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 77: 85-129.    Abstract
  • Susan J. Ashford, Nancy Rothbard, Sandy Kristin Piderit, Jane E. Dutton (1998), Out on a limb: The role of context and impression management in selling gender-equity issues, Administrative Science Quarterly, 43: 23-58.    Abstract

Awards And Honors

  • Rackham Centennial Lecture, University of Michigan, 2012
  • Teaching Commitment and Curricular Innovation Award, Wharton School, 2009-2010
  • Best Career Division Symposium Award, Academy of Management , 2006 Description
  • Nominated for the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research , 2005 Description
  • Finalist, Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research, 2004 Description
  • Finalist, William A. Owens Scholarly Achievement Award for best publication in the field of industrial and organizational psychology , 2001 Description
  • Finalist, Dorothy Harlow Best Paper Award, Gender and Diversity in Organizations, Academy of Management, 2001
  • Nominated for Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research, , 2001 Description
  • Likert Dissertation Award, University of Michigan, 2000
  • Hicks Dissertation Research Fellowship, University of Michigan, 1998
  • Invited Participant OB/ODC/OMT Doctoral Consortium, 1996
  • Gerald and Lillian Dykstra Award for Outstanding Teaching, University of Michigan, 1996-1997
  • Hicks Industrial Relations Fellowship, University of Michigan, 1994-1996
  • Business Administration Fellowship, University of Michigan,, 1993-1996

In The News

Knowledge @ Wharton



  • MGMT610 - Foundations of Teamwork and Leadership

    At every level of an organization, teamwork and leadership are required for organizational success. Teamwork and leadership have always been critical to society, but they have acquired new significance in recent years during this era of heightened uncertainty, restructuring, and change. The tenor of leadership has changed as well. Many organizations are flattening their hierarchies and building work teams, with "command and control" leadership giving way to facilitation and empowerment. Format: This course focuses on developing your knowledge and skill set for teamwork and leadership. This course ismeant to be an intense immersion experience that draws strongly on the pedagogyof the "Wharton Teamwork and Leadership Simulation," a team-based, highly interactive, simulation that was designed specifically to allow you to experience the core concepts you will learn in this class. The simulation is based on research evidence and on specific business cases and outcomes. The simulation is strongly interwoven with your classroom experience and cutting edge and theory to give you a rich understanding of teamwork and leadership principles.

  • MGMT951 - Micro Organizational Behavior

    The purpose of this quarter course is to examine and understand basics in the theory and empirical research in the field of micro-organizational behavior and to increase our understanding of people's behavior in organizations. To do so, we will cover a blend of classic and contemporary literature so that we can appreciate the prevailing theories and findings in various areas of micro- organizational behavior. In addition, for each topic we will then try to go beyond the existing literature. We will work to increase our understanding by re-framing the research variables, altering the perspective, bringing in new theory, and comparing levels of analysis. The purpose of this course is not meant to be exhaustive, rather it covers a core set of topics in organizational behavior literature including motivation, fairness, teams, diversity, leadership, and culture.