Ken Bettenhausen
Professor • Director of Management
Management • Managing for Sustainability

BUSB 4208


PhD Business Administration, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

BS Business Administration, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Areas of expertise

Organizational Behavior

Group Dynamics and Norm Formation

Organization Design

Publications and presentations

"When organizational politics matters: The effects of perceived frequency and distance of experienced politics," Human Relations, 2017. (with J.M. Maslyn and S.M. Farmer)

"Determinantes of Corporate Carbon Reduction Targets," Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, 2014. (with J. Byrd and E. Cooperman)

"Context-based Sustainability and Corporate CO2 Reduction Targets: Are companies moving fast enough," International Review of Accounting, Banking and Finance, 2013 (with J. Byrd and E. Cooperman)

"Environmental risk and shareholder returns: evidence from the announcement of the toxic 100 index," International Review of Accounting, Banking and Finance, 2010 (with J. Byrd and E.S. Cooperman)

"Realities of working in virtual teams: Affective and attitudinal outcomes of using computer-mediated communication," Small Group Research, 2009. (with S.K. Johnson and E. Gibbons)

"The contribution of positive politics to the prediction of employee reactions," Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 2008. (with D. Fedor, J. Maslyn, and S. Farmer)

"Perceptions of Positive Politics and Their Impact on organizational Outcomes," Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 2005. (with D.B. Fedor, Mo Maslyn and S Farmer)

"Clarifying the Attributes of Organizational Crises," Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 2001 (with S. Kovoor-Misra)

"Peer Reviews: Employees' Dual Roles as Raters and Recipients," Group and Organization Management, 1999 (with D. B. Fedor and W. Davis)

"Physicians' Receptiveness to Teen Medicaid Recipients Seeking," Special Populations in the Community: Advances in Reducing Health Disparities, 1999. (with B. Gifford)

"Peer and Upward Appraisals: A Comparison of Their Benefits and Problems," Group and Organization Management, 1997. (with D. B. Fedor)

"Implications of top managers’ communication choices for strategic decisions," Organizational change and redesign, 1993. (with RL Daft and BB Tyler)

"Agency theory and the motivational effect of management compensation: An experimental contingency study," Group & Organization Management, 1992. (with RD Kosnik)

"The Motivational Impact of Executive Compensation Systems in Problems of Corporate Control: An Experimental Analysis," Group and Organization Management, 1992 (with R. D. Kosnik)

"Relationship between staff turnover and facility characteristics of dialysis units," Dialysis & Transplantation, 1992. (with S Bame)

"Five Years of Groups Research: What We've Learned and What Needs to Be Addressed," Journal of Management, 1991.

"The Development of an Intragroup Norm and the Effects of Interpersonal and Structural Challenges." Administrative Science Quarterly, 1991 (with J. K. Murnighan)

"Understanding Prosocial Behavior, Sales Performance, and Turnover: A Group Level Analysis in a Service Context," Journal of Applied Psychology, 1991 (with J. M. George)

"The Impact of Purpose, Participant Preconceptions and Self-Serving Bias in the Acceptance of Peer Evaluations," Group and Organization Studies, 1989 (with D. B. Fedor)

"The Use of Low and High Rich Information Sources and Communication Channels in Developing and Implementing Competitive Business Strategy," Academy of Management Proceedings, 1989 (with BB Tyler and RL Daft)

"The Emergence of Norms in Competitive Decision-Making Groups," Administrative Science Quarterly, 1985 (with J. K. Murnighan)


Listing in Who's Who in the Management Sciences, 2000

Outstanding Service Award, Business School at the University of Colorado at Denver, 1997

Listing in Who's Who Among America's Teachers: The Best Teachers in America Selected by the Best Students, 1996

Best Paper Award, Organization Communication Division, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 1989


Member: Academy of Management

Representative-at-Large: Organization and Management Theory Division, Academy of Management, 1993-95

Editorial Board: Journal of Management, 1991-99; Academy of Management Review, 1993-97; Academy of Management Journal, 1997-2002

Reviewer: Various journals

Consultant: US West, Neodata, USDA, University of Colorado Executive Programs