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Justin Berg

Doctoral Student

Links: Personal Website

Contact Information

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


Justin M. Berg is a Ph.D. candidate in Management at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. 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 in organizations and the concept of “job crafting”, which is the process of employees redesigning their own formal jobs.

Justin has done research with and consulted for a variety of organizations, including Google, Burt’s Bees, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. His work has been published in Organization Science, Academy of Management Journal, and Academy of Management Review, as well as featured in TIME, BusinessWeek, Fast Company, 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 a Research & Development Consultant for the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship at the Ross School of Business at the 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 identify opportunities to revision and redesign their jobs to better suit their personalities and interests.



  • 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.
  • 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.  
  • Adam Grant, Justin Berg, Daniel Cable (2013), Job titles as identity badges: How self-reflective titles can reduce emotional exhaustion, Academy of Management Journal, Forthcoming.    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
  • 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.  
  • 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).

Awards And Honors

  • Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students, 2012

In The News



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