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Justin Berg

Doctoral Student

Links: Personal Website

Contact Information

Address: 2048 SH-DH, 3620 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 746-3113
Office Fax: (215) 898-0401


Justin M. Berg recently completed his Ph.D. in Management at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Starting in the summer of 2015, he will be an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan in Organizational Studies and Psychology with Highest Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, and Highest Honors in Organizational Studies. His research focuses on creativity and innovation. In essence, he studies how to successfully develop, evaluate, and implement creative ideas in and outside organizations.

Justin has done research with and consulted for a variety of organizations, including Cirque du Soleil, Google, VMware, Burt’s Bees, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. His work has been published in Academy of Management Journal,  Academy of Management Review, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Organization Science, as well as featured in TIME, BusinessWeek, Fast Company, Forbes, and Harvard Business Review. In addition, Justin has received the Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students.

Prior to graduate school, Justin was an R&D Consultant for the Center for Positive Organizations at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. During this time, he led the invention of the Job Crafting Exercise (along with Jane Dutton and Amy Wrzesniewski), which is a tool that helps people creatively redesign their jobs to better suit their personalities and interests.


  • Justin Berg (2014), The primal mark: How the beginning shapes the end in the development of creative ideas, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 125 (1), 1 - 17.    Abstract
  • Adam Grant, Justin Berg, Daniel Cable (2014), Job titles as identity badges: How self-reflective titles can reduce emotional exhaustion, Academy of Management Journal, 57 (4), 1201 - 1225.    Abstract
  • Justin Berg, Jane Dutton, Amy Wrzesniewski, "Job crafting and meaningful work". In Purpose and meaning in the workplace , edited by B. J. Dik, Z. S. Byrne, M. F. Steger, (2013), 81 - 104.  
  • 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
  • Adam Grant, Justin Berg, "Prosocial motivation at work: When, why, and how making a difference makes a difference". In Oxford handbook of positive organizational scholarship, edited by K. Cameron, G. Spreitzer, (2011), 28 - 44.    Abstract
  • Justin Berg, Adam Grant, Victoria Johnson (2010), When callings are calling: Crafting work and leisure in pursuit of unanswered occupational callings, Organization Science, 21 (5), 973 - 994.    Abstract
  • Justin Berg, Jane Dutton, Amy Wrzesniewski (2010), Perceiving and responding to challenges in job crafting at different ranks: When proactivity requires adaptivity, Journal of Organizational Behavior, 31 (2-3), 158 - 186.    Abstract
  • Amy Wrzesniewski, Justin Berg, Jane Dutton, "Turn the Job You Have Into the Job You Want" in Harvard Business Review, 88(6), 114 - 117.

Awards And Honors

  • Baker Center Ph.D. Research Grant, 2013
  • Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students, 2012
  • Litton Industries Scholarship – Wharton Center for Human Resources, 2011
  • Finalist, Best Paper in Journal of Organizational Behavior (one of top five papers in JOB), 2010
  • Finalist, Best Paper in Positive Organizational Scholarship , 2010

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