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Denise M. Rousseau

Denise M. Rousseau

University Professor, Carnegie Mellon University; H.J. Heinz II Professor of Organizational Behavior and Public Policy, Heinz College and Tepper School of Business

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. She is the faculty director of the Institute for Social Enterprise and Innovation and chair of Health Care Policy and Management program.

She was the 2004-2005 President of the Academy of Management and the 1998-2007 Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Organizational Behavior. Rousseau received her A.B., M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley with degrees in psychology and anthropology. She has served on panels for the Institute of Medicine, National Science Foundation and the National Institute for Education. Currently she serves on the editorial boards of five 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). Rousseau founded the Evidence-Based Management Collaborative, a network of scholars, consultants, and practicing managers to promote evidence-informed organizational practices and decision making.

Two-time winner of the Academy of Management's George Terry Award for best management book, Rousseau’s her most recent book, I-Deals: Idiosyncratic Deals Workers Bargain for Themselves, won the Terry Award in 2006. Psychological Contracts in Organizations: Understanding Written and Unwritten Agreement won in 1996.  Another book, Boundaryless Careers: A New Employment Principle for a New Organizational Era was a 1997 Terry Book Award finalist. Rousseau is an elected Fellow in the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology, the American Psychological Association, the Academy of Management, and the British Academy of Management. Her research received the first annual National Institute for Health Care Management Research Award (1994); the Organizational Behavior Division, Academy of Management, Best Paper Award (2004); the Organizational Psychology track, British Academy of Management, Best Paper Award (2006); and the William J. Davis Memorial Award, Educational Administration Quarterly Best Article Award (1982). In 2009, she received the Lifetime Career Achievement Award from the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management. Rousseau has also received Distinguished Scholar Awards from the Western Academy of Management and the Managerial and Organizational Cognition Division of AOM. In 2013 she received an honorary doctorate from the Athens University of Economics and Business.

Rousseau's research focuses upon the impact workers have on the employment relationship and the firms that employ them. It informs critical concerns such as worker well-being and career development, organizational effectiveness, the management of change, firm ownership and governance, and industrial relations. Recognized in particular for developing the theory of the psychological contract, (Great Minds in Management, Oxford University Press, edited by Ken Smith and Michael Hitt), her work addresses the powerful reach individual employee's understanding of the employment relationship has on work groups, firms, and society.

Her publications include over a dozen books and 160 articles and monographs in management and psychology journals including Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Executive, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Organizational Science, Human Relations, Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational and Occupational Psychology, and Journal of Vocational Behavior.

Her teaching translates organizational research into evidence-based, positive professional practices benefiting firms, workers, and other stakeholders. Courses focus on performance management, strategic human resource practices, and managing change all from an evidence-based perspective, and are designed to build the learner's professional expertise and translate evidence-based concepts into effective action.

Rousseau is an advisor to numerous social enterprises, professional associations, governmental and for-profit organizations.

Courses Taught

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

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