Donald & Lauren Morel Associate Professor of Business
Darden School of Business
University of Virginia
Leadership, Organizational Behavior, Social Issues
Inequality, Social Class
Sean is the Donald and Lauren Morel Associate Professor at University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. His award-winning research addresses topics related to leadership, as well as how organizational culture and societal contexts affect leaders and followers. His work appears in top academic journals including Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin among others, and is regularly featured in outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, CNBC, Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., Harvard Business Review, and The Boston Globe.
Sean regularly works with executives and managers to teach and conduct research on topics related to principled leadership, employee voice, organizational culture, communication, employee integration and motivation. He has worked across a diverse range of industries including governmental organizations, creative firms, tech and IT firms, insurance organizations and financial institutions.
At Darden, Sean teaches leadership and leadership development in the residential and executive MBA programs, and a wide range of topics in Darden’s executive education programs.
Sean obtained his PhD and MS in Management from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University, his MBA from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, and his BA in Global Studies and Spanish from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
- Social Class Transitioners: Their Cultural Abilities and Organizational Importance, Academy of Management Review
- The Social Consequences of Voice: An Examination of Voice Type and Gender on Status and Subsequent Leader Emergence, Academy of Management Journal
- Echoes of Our Upbringing: How Growing Up Wealthy or Poor Relates to Narcissism, Leader Behavior, and Leader Effectiveness, Academy of Management Journal
- Stories about Values and Valuable Stories: A Field Experiment of the Power of Narratives to Shape Newcomers’ Actions, Academy of Management Journal
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SME Subject Areas
Careers, Entrepreneurship, Environment and Sustainability, Ethics, Gender and Diversity, Health Care, Human Resources, International Management, Leadership, Management Consulting, Management Education, Management History, Management Theory, Operations and Supply Chain Management, Organizational Behavior, Public and Nonprofit, Religion and Spirituality, Research Methods, Social Issues, Strategic Management, Technology and Innovation