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Samir Nurmohamed

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: motivation, behavioral ethics, power and status, competition

Links: CV

Contact Information

Address: 2106 SH-DH, 3620 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Email: nurmo@wharton.upenn.edu
Office: (215) 898-6386
Office Fax: (215) 898-0401

Overview

 

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.

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Research


  • David M. Mayer, Samir Nurmohamed, Linda Klebe Trevino, Debra Shapiro, Marshall Schminke (2013), Encouraging employees to report unethical conduct internally: It takes a village, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes    Abstract
  • Adam Grant, Samir Nurmohamed, Susan J. Ashford, Kathryn Dekas (2011), The performance implications of ambivalent initiative: The interplay of autonomous and controlled motivations, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 116, 241 - 251.    Abstract

Courses

Previous

  • MGMT272 - Power and Politics in Organizations

    The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the power dynamics in organizations. The course is designed so that you will learn concepts that are useful for understanding, analyzing, and harnessing power. But beyond discovering ways to extend your own power, influence and political skill in organizations, we will also uncover lessons about ways in which power and politics can blind you, and how to navigate situations in which you are up against powerful people. Using a range of theoretical and business articles, cases, exercises, assessments and simulations, we will extract a variety of lessons about power and politics in organizations. Topics include political skill, influence, issue selling, change management, networks, hierarchy, political conflict, corruption, coping with intolerable bosses, speaking up, redemption, and downsizing.

  • MGMT610 - Foundations of Teamwork and Leadership

    At every level of an organization, teamwork and leadership are required for organizational success. Teamwork and leadership have always been critical to society, but they have acquired new significance in recent years during this era of heightened uncertainty, restructuring, and change. The tenor of leadership has changed as well. Many organizations are flattening their hierarchies and building work teams, with "command and control" leadership giving way to facilitation and empowerment. Format: This course focuses on developing your knowledge and skill set for teamwork and leadership. This course ismeant to be an intense immersion experience that draws strongly on the pedagogyof the "Wharton Teamwork and Leadership Simulation," a team-based, highly interactive, simulation that was designed specifically to allow you to experience the core concepts you will learn in this class. The simulation is based on research evidence and on specific business cases and outcomes. The simulation is strongly interwoven with your classroom experience and cutting edge and theory to give you a rich understanding of teamwork and leadership principles.

  • MGMT772 - Power and Politics in Organizations

    The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the power dynamics in organizations. The course is designed so that you will learn concepts that are useful for understanding, analyzing, and harnessing power. But beyond discovering ways to extend your own power, influence and political skill in organizations, we will also uncover lessons about ways in which power and politics can blind you,and how to navigate situations in which you are up against powerful people. Using a range of theoretical and business articles, cases, exercises, assesments, and simulations, we will extract a variety of lessons about power and politics in organizations. Topics include political skill, influence, issue selling, change management, networks, hierarchy, political conflict, corruption, coping with intolerable bosses, speaking up, redemption, and downsizing.