Research Interests: motivation, behavioral ethics, power and status, competition
Professor Samir Nurmohamed's research asks how the expectations of others impact employees at the workplace. In this vein, he conducts research in two major areas: employee motivation and behavioral ethics. His first stream of research, motivation, examines how individuals’ relationships with others impacts their motivation in organizations, with a primary focus on how being perceived as an underdog can influence the energy and effort that employees are willing to invest into their work. His second research area, behavioral ethics, examines the processes by which leaders’ and coworkers’ actions motivate employees to engage in behaviors that are aimed at improving organizational functioning, such as citizenship and reporting unethical conduct. As such, whereas much existing theory and research places a strong emphasis on individuals’ cognitions or organizational and task structures in driving employee motivation, Professor Nurmohamed's research elucidates a social perspective on motivation by focusing on how employees’ relationships with others can enhance or reduce their motivation at the workplace.
Professor Nurmohamed teaches a course on Power and Politics in Organizations in the undergraduate, MBA, and executive education programs, and the MBA core course on the Foundations of Teamwork and Leadership. At Wharton, he has received several awards and research grants, including the Excellence in Teaching for the Undergraduate Division Award, Wharton Dean's Research Fund Grant, Wharton Social Impact Initiative Grant, and Lawrence Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research Grant. He completed his Ph.D. in Management and Organizations at the University of Michigan, and holds his B.A. in Economics and Philosophy from The University of Western Ontario.