Andrew Carton

Andrew Carton
  • Assistant Professor of Management

Contact Information

  • office Address:

    2029 SH-DH
    3620 Locust Walk
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

Research Interests: Managing intergroup relations; Establishing a sense of purpose

Links: CV

Overview

Research

Groups are often considered the building block of organizations because they are the most basic unit in which employees interact and get work done. In recent years, increasing workforce diversity has caused the dynamics between groups to become more complex, as employees often divide into distinct racial, hierarchical, and functional subgroups. In my research I aim to advance our understanding of how members of different subgroups interact, as well as how relationships between members of different subgroups can be managed. Extending from this work, I also have a more recently evolved stream of research that examines one of the key challenges of leading collectives composed of various subgroups: helping employees from distinct racial, hierarchical, and functional areas realize that they are working toward a common purpose. In line with the notion that organizational leadership involves influencing a set of groups to pursue a common purpose, my two research streams — managing intergroup relations and establishing a common purpose — feature two core themes of organizational leadership.

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Research

Groups are often considered the building block of organizations because they are the most basic unit in which employees interact and get work done. In recent years, increasing workforce diversity has caused the dynamics between groups to become more complex, as employees often divide into distinct racial, hierarchical, and functional subgroups. In my research I aim to advance our understanding of how members of different subgroups interact, as well as how relationships between members of different subgroups can be managed. Extending from this work, I also have a more recently evolved stream of research that examines one of the key challenges of leading collectives composed of various subgroups: helping employees from distinct racial, hierarchical, and functional areas realize that they are working toward a common purpose. In line with the notion that organizational leadership involves influencing a set of groups to pursue a common purpose, my two research streams — managing intergroup relations and establishing a common purpose — feature two core themes of organizational leadership.

 

  • Andrew Carton and Brian Lucas (2017), How can leaders overcome the blurry vision bias? Mental time travel as an antidote to the paradox of vision communication, Forthcoming in Academy of Management Journal.

  • Andrew Carton (2017), “I’m not mopping the floors — I’m putting a man on the moon”: How NASA leaders enhanced the meaningfulness of work by changing the meaning of work, Forthcoming in Administrative Science Quarterly..

  • Andrew Carton and Basima Tewfik (2016), A new look at conflict management in work groups, Organization Science, 27 (5), pp. 1125-1141.

  • Cindy Zapata, Andrew Carton, Joseph Liu (2016), When justice promotes injustice: Why minority leaders experience bias when they adhere to interpersonal justice rules, Academy of Management Journal.

  • Andrew Carton and Andrew Boysen CEOs, COOs, and Cognition: Resolving a Top Management Team Conundrum.

    Description: Published in Best Paper Proceedings of the Academy of Management Conference: Vancouver, BC

  • Andrew Carton, Chad Murphy, Jonathan R. Clark Vision and Values.

    Description: Published in Best Paper Proceedings of the Academy of Management Conference: Philadelphia, PA.

  • Andrew Carton, Chad Murphy, Jonathan R. Clark (2014), A (blurry) vision of the future: How leader rhetoric about ultimate goals influences performance, Academy of Management Journal.

  • A.S. Rosette, Andrew Carton, L. Bowes-Sperry, P. F. Hewlin (2013), Why do racial slurs remain prevalent in the workplace? Integrating theory on intergroup behavior, Organization Science.

  • Andrew Carton and J. N. Cummings (2013), The impact of subgroup type and subgroup configurational properties on work team performance, Journal of Applied Psychology.

  • Andrew Carton and J.N. Cummings (2012), A theory of subgroups in work teams, Academy of Management Review, 37 (3), pp. 441-470.

Teaching

Past Courses

  • MGMT101 - INTRO TO MANAGEMENT

    We all spend much of our lives in organizations. Most of us are born in organizations, educated in organizations, and work in organizations. Organizations emerge because individuals can't (or don't want to) accomplish their goals alone. Management is the art and science of helping individuals achieve their goals together. Managers in an organization determine where their organization is going and how it gets there. More formally, managers formulate strategies and implement those strategies. This course provides a framework for understanding the opportunities and challenges involved in formulating and implementing strategies by taking a "system" view of organizations,which means that we examine multiple aspects of how managers address their environments, strategy, structure, culture, tasks, people, and outputs, and how managerial decisions made in these various domains interrelate. The course will help you to understand and analyze how managers can formulate and implement strategies effectively. It will be particularly valuable if you are interested in management consulting, investment analysis, or entrepreneurship - but it will help you to better understand and be a more effective contributor to any organizations you join, whether they are large, established firms or startups.

Awards and Honors

  • Wharton Excellence in Teaching Award, 2017
  • Huntsman Teaching Award, 2016
  • Finalist for Best Paper Award in MOC division, 2015
  • Rapaport Award for Undergraduate Teaching, 2015 Description

    Awarded to one faculty member at Wharton based on excellence in teaching undergraduate core classes.

  • Best Paper Award in MOC division at the Academy of Management Conference, 2014
  • Best Reviewer Award, Academy of Management Journal, 2014
  • Cialdini Award (publication that best uses field settings to demonstrate the importance of social psychological phenomena), 2012
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award, MOC division, Academy of Management, 2012
  • Best Paper Award, Academy of Management Review, 2011
  • Runner-up, Best OB Publication, OB division, Academy of Management, 2011
  • Duke: Winner for Best Dissertation on Small Groups, American Psychological Association, 2011
  • Duke: Finalist for Best Student Paper Award, MOC division. Academy of Management Conference, San Antonio, TX, 2011 Description

    (nominated for two different papers)

  • Duke: Outstanding Student Reviewer Award, MOC division, Academy of Management Conference, Montreal, Quebec, 2010
  • Duke: Interview between Best Student Paper award winner and MOC Distinguished Scholar, 2010
  • Duke: Best Student Paper Award, MOC division (sole winner), Academy of Management Conference, Chicago, IL, 2009
  • Duke: Finalist for Best Student Paper Award, MOC division, Academy of Management Conference, Anaheim, CA, 2008
  • Best Paper Proceedings, MOC division at the Academy of Management Conference (six papers selected), 2008-2015

In the News

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Latest Research

Andrew Carton and Brian Lucas (2017), How can leaders overcome the blurry vision bias? Mental time travel as an antidote to the paradox of vision communication, Forthcoming in Academy of Management Journal.
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In the News

Meaningful Work: What Leaders Can Learn from NASA and the Space Race

New Wharton research looks at how thousands of NASA employees with vastly different roles were able to rally around the common goal of a lunar landing in the 1960s.

Knowledge @ Wharton - 2017/03/16
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Awards and Honors

Wharton Excellence in Teaching Award 2017
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