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Nancy Rothbard

David Pottruck Professor

Chair, Management Department

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

Links: CV

Contact Information

Address: 3207 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 a 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.
  • Amanda O'Neill, Nancy Rothbard (2015), Love is All You Need: The Influence of Culture of Joviality and Companionate Love, Emotion Suppression and Work-Family Conflict on Firefighter Risk Taking and Health. , Academy of Management Journal
  • Ariane Ollier-Malaterre, Nancy Rothbard (2015), Social media or social minefield? Surviving in the new cyberspace era, Organization Dynamics  
  • 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 in online social networks impacts professional relationships, Academy of Management Review, 38 (4), 645 - 669.    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

  • Penn Fellow, 2015
  • 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

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