Weissman School of Arts and Sciences

Emotions in Organizations Lab

At the emotions in organizations lab we examine the role of emotions in motivating behavior in work organizations.  One of the emotions we focus on is envy.  We have repeatedly showed that envy can result in both destructive and constructive behaviors.  Our major research program now examines when reactions to envy are constructive or destructive.  Additional projects deal with the emotions of being happy for the other’s success (firgun) as motivating work behavior.  We are also interested in additional discrete emotions, such as jealousy, guilt, and fear, as affecting and being affected by various organizational behaviors and practices (such as work performance and leadership, respectively). We also conduct research examining issues of fairness in organizations, especially the relationship between fairness and emotions. We utilize a wide variety of research methods, such as laboratory experiments, correlational studies, survey research, longitudinal studies, archival studies, and qualitative studies.

Research Projects Currently Conducted at the Lab

  • Constructive and destructive reactions to workplace envy – several studies conducted with Elliott Larson
  • Coping with envy:
  • Individual-level mechanisms – with Alex Lowey
  • Organizational-level mechanisms – with Elliott Larson
  • Envy and anti-Semitism – with Richard Smith, Elliott Larson, and Charles Hoogland (Richard and Charles are from the University of Kentucky)
  • Predictors of envy
  • Identifying envy in self and others – with Agneta Fischer (University of Amsterdam)
  • Jealousy at work – with Gerben van Kleef  (University of Amsterdam)
  • Ph.D. student and lab manager:

    Elliott Larson
    Cristina Arroyo
    Manny Gonzales
    Danielle Wald

  • M.S. students:

    Alex Lowy

  • Lab Volunteers/research practicum students:

    Cindy Chen
    Roberta Evans
    Liuba Phillips
    Jesse Rigos

Contact us at:

Emotions in Organizations Lab VC 8-137
C/O Yochi Cohen-Charash, PhD
Department of Psychology, Baruch College
One Bernard Baruch Way, Box B-8215
New York, NY 10010



Yochi’s personal web-page: click here.

Last updated on September 15, 2013

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