Kelly E See

Kelly E See
Associate Professor

BUSB 5015

Kelly E. See's current research focuses on seeking, giving, and taking of input or advice. She is particularly interested in how psychological and organizational contextual factors (such as uncertainty, power, and organizational structure) affect the flow of employee input or advice through organizational hierarchies, as well as the downstream consequences of advice utilization for fairness, innovation, and corporate sustainability. A secondary area of research interest concerns the use of extreme goals in organizations.

See's work appears in leading business and disciplinary journals, including the Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Harvard Business Review, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Psychology, Personnel Psychology, and Operations Research, as well as in the edited volume, Thinking: Psychological Perspectives on Reasoning, Judgment, and Decision Making. Her research has won several awards and has been covered in a variety of media outlets, such as Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, ABC News, FOX news, and INC.

Before joining the University of Colorado Denver, See was on the faculties of the Stern School of Business at New York University and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She has also worked extensively with executives as a feedback coach and instructor in the Leadership Program at Duke University. Prior to her academic career, she worked in Washington, DC as a consultant in the private sector and a research analyst at an environmental policy think tank.


PhD, Duke University

BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Areas of expertise

Advice Seeking, Giving, and Taking

Employee Input and Voice

Hierarchical Structure and Power

Extreme Goals

Publications and presentations

All publications available on Google Scholar.

Keum, D. and See, K. (2017). "The Influence of Hierarchy on Idea Generation and Selection in the Innovation Process," Organization Science, Forthcoming.

Morrison, E., See, K., & Pan, C. (2015). "An Approach-Inhibition Model of Employee Silence: The Joint Effects of Personal Sense of Power and Target Openness," Personnel Psychology, 68, 547-580.

Sitkin, S., See, K., Miller, C., Lawless, M, & Carton, A. (2011, July). "The Paradox of Stretch Goals: Organizations in Pursuit of the Seemingly Impossible," Academy of Management Review, 36 (3), 544-566.

See, K., Morrison, E., Rothman, N., & Soll, J. (2011). "The Detrimental Effects of Power on Confidence, Advice Taking, and Accuracy," Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 116 (2), 272-285.

See, K. (2009). "Reactions to Decisions with Uncertain Consequences: Reliance on Perceived Fairness versus Predicted Outcome Depends on Knowledge," Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 96 (1), 104-118.

Keeney, R., See, K., & von Winterfeldt, D. (2006). "Evaluating Academic Programs: With Applications to U.S. Graduate Decision Science Programs," Operations Research, 54 (5), 813-828.

See, K., Fox, C., & Rottenstreich, Y. (2006). "Between Ignorance and Truth: Partition Dependence and Learning in Judgment Under Uncertainty," Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 32 (6), 1385-1402.

Fox, C. and See, K. (2003). "Belief and Preference in Decision Under Uncertainty," in Thinking: Psychology Perspectives on Reasoning, Judgement and Decision Making (eds. David Hardman and Laura Macchi), John Wiley * Sons, Ltd.


Research Grant, Center for Sustainable Business, NYU Stern School of Business, 2018

Fellowship Award, Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative, University of Colorado Denver, 2018

Finalist, Best Paper Award, Academy of Management TIM Division, 2014

Winner, Best Published Article, Academy of Management Review, 2012

Runner-up, Outstanding OB Publication, Academy of Management, 2011

Winner, Best Empirical or Theoretical Paper, Academy of Management CM Division, 2010

Outstanding Reviewer Award, Academy of Management OB Division, 2014 & 2010

Undergraduate Dean's (NYU) notice of outstanding teaching ratings, F2011; F2012; F2013

Nominee, NYU Distinguished Teaching Award, F2006

Invited Fellow, Summer Institute on Bounded Rationality in Psychology and Economics, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, August 2001