Jacob Levitt

Jacob Levitt
  • Doctoral Student

Contact Information

  • office Address:

    3024 SH-DH
    3620 Locust Walk
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

Research Interests: Hierarchy and emotions at work, leadership and leader emotions, group and team dynamics

Links: Personal Website

Overview

Jacob grew up in Western Massachusetts in the small college town of Northampton, MA and went to undergrad at the University of Pennsylvania to study psychology with a focus on group dynamics. After doing research in a behavioral economics lab and on social psychology with Professor Paul Rozin, he found his way to working with Professor Sigal Barsade in the Management department. After taking several doctoral classes with her during his senior year and conducting a senior honors thesis he was hooked and knew he wanted to pursue a PhD in Organizational Behavior. After working briefly for Capital One in Washington, DC, he returned to Penn to complete a PhD.

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Research

Leader emotions and team emotional dynamics can facilitate effectiveness and well-being or impede it. With my work, I aim to help teams and organizations better understand how to manage the dual challenges of hierarchy and emotions in teams and organizations over time. I use a range of methodologies from team field experiments and longitudinal field surveys to lab and online experiments.

Teaching

All Courses

  • MGMT1010 - 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. This course must be taken for a grade.

  • PSYC0001 - Intro to Psychology

    This course provides an introduction to the basic topics of psychology including our three major areas of distribution: the biological basis of behavior, the cognitive basis of behavior, and individual and group bases of behavior. Topics include, but are not limited to, neuropsychology, learning, cognition, development, disorder, personality, and social psychology.

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