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Denise M. Rousseau

Denise M. Rousseau

H.J. Heinz II University Professor of Organizational Behavior and Public Policy

Denise M. Rousseau is the H.J. Heinz II University Professor of Organizational Behavior and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy and the Tepper School of Business.

Rousseau is chair of the Health Care Policy and Management program and director of the Project on Evidence-Based Organizational Practices. Rousseau is also Academic Board President of the Center for Evidence-Based Management, and Co-Chair of the Campbell Library’s Management and Business Coordinating Group. Her publications include over a dozen books and over 220 articles and monographs in management and psychology journals. Rousseau received her A.B., M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley with degrees in psychology and anthropology.



Rousseau's research focuses upon the impact workers have on the employment relationship and the firms that employ them. It advances research and practice regarding worker well-being and career development, organizational effectiveness, the management of change, firm ownership and governance, and industrial relations. Recognized for developing the theory of the psychological contract, (Great Minds in Management, Oxford, Smith and Hitt, editors), Rousseau’s work addresses the powerful reach that the individual worker's understanding of the employment relationship has on work groups, firms, and society.

Her teaching focuses on developing the knowledge, skill, and ability to engage in evidence-based, positive professional practices benefiting workers, employers and other stakeholders. Her textbook, Evidence-Based Management: How to Use Evidence to Make Better Organizational Decisions (with Eric Barends), has been adopted by over 80 universities and is the basis for the popular Open Learning Initiative on-line course Evidence-Based Management and Consulting.



Rousseau was 2010-2011 Chair of the Carnegie Mellon Faculty Senate, the 2004-2005 President of the Academy of Management and the 1998-2007 Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Organizational Behavior. Rousseau founded the Evidence-Based Management Collaborative, a network of scholars, consultants, and practicing managers to promote evidence-informed organizational practices and decision making. She has served on panels for the Institute of Medicine, National Science Foundation and the National Institute for Education and on the editorial boards of numerous scholarly journals. She was previously on the faculty of Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, the University of Michigan's Department of Psychology and Institute for Social Research, and the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey. She has been a visiting professor at the University of Leeds (UK), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), and Renmin University (China). She has been an International Visiting Fellow of the Advanced Institute of Management (UK), Dublin City University's School of Business (Ireland) and the University of Cardiff Business School (Wales).



Two-time winner of the Academy of Management's George Terry Award for best management book for, I-Deals: Idiosyncratic Deals Workers Bargain for Themselves in 2006 and Psychological Contracts in Organizations: Understanding Written and Unwritten Agreement in 1996, Rousseau received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Academy of Management, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and the Michael Losey Career Award from the Society for Human Resource Management, along with career achievement and mentoring awards from the Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management, and Management and Organizational Cognition Divisions of the Academy of Management and Distinguished Scholar Awards from the Western Academy of Management and the Israel Organizational Behavior Conference. She has received honorary doctorates from the Athens University of Economics and Business and the Tallinn Institute of Technology. Rousseau is an elected Fellow in the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology, the American Psychological Association, the Academy of Management, the British Academy of Management, and the Academy of Social Sciences.


Courses Taught

  • 91-809 - Organizational Change
  • 92-814 - Evidence-Based Management
  • 94-814 - Evidence-Based Management
  • 94-822 - Organizational Change

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