Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations
Jennifer Whitson explores two phenomena crucial to sense-making and social regulation: control and power. Her work establishes a critical relationship between the psychological experience of lacking control and illusory pattern perception. She also investigates how those who lack power can seek control, examining how stigmatized groups can take control of the very slurs used against them via re-appropriation. Her work also explores how control is exerted via rewards and punishments in response to wrongdoing or honesty.
Forced to nod in agreement, workers may embrace conspiracy theories, be less trusting
Analysis of 250 studies finds the most common response to negative workplace behavior is an eye for an eye
It’s not just sheep — even go-getters can be susceptible when they feel less in control
Research compares U.S. behavior to norms in Asia
Research looks beyond management to measure how co-workers police each other