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Danielle Tussing

Doctoral Student

Contact Information

Address: 2054 SH-DH, 3620 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 573-4892
Office Fax: (215) 898-0401


Danielle V. Tussing is a Ph.D. candidate in Management at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor of Science with Honors in Psychology from Davidson College and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Danielle’s focus area is Organizational Behavior. She is specifically interested in understanding factors that deter individuals from pursuing leadership roles. She also studies prosocial motivation, examining how motivation to support one’s family fosters strong work performance when employees are not intrinsically motivated by their jobs, as well as how to balance prosocial norms with self-reliance in the workplace. She is also interested in the usage and implications of different forms of electronic media, namely how being connected on social media with team members improves and also harms interpersonal relationships at work. She received the Sigma Xi Award for her undergraduate honors thesis on miscommunication in email exchanges between students and professors.

Before graduate school, Danielle worked in management consulting and operations.


  • J. I. Menges, Danielle Tussing, A. Wihler, Adam Grant (2016), When Job Performance is All Relative: How Family Motivation Energizes Effort and Compensates for Intrinsic Motivation, Academy of Management Journal, forthcoming.
  • Sigal Barsade, Jaime Potter, Danielle Tussing (Work In Progress), Affect as Knowledge: A Field Experiment.
  • Sigal Barsade, Danielle Tussing (Work In Progress), The Relationship between Teacher’s Affective Characteristics and Student Academic Gains: A Longitudinal Field Study.