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Carroll School of Management

Sean Martin

the mancini family sesquicentennial assistant professor - management and organization department


Ph.D, Cornell University
M.B.A., California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara


Sean Martin’s research explores how organizational and societal contexts shape individuals’ values and behaviors. More specifically, his research explores how contexts imbue people with certain values and beliefs, and how those values and beliefs influence their behaviors and organizational experiences. Professor Martin’s research has been published in Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organizational Psychology Review, Journal of Business Ethics, and Current Opinion in Psychology.

At the Carroll School, Professor Martin teaches the core MBA course in Managing People and Organizations, the required leadership for the undergraduate leadership minor, and a doctoral seminar in quantitative research design. He has also developed numerous cases and executive sessions dealing with topics such as leadership, ethical decision making, and issue selling.

He received his BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara, his MBA from California Polytechnic in San Luis Obispo, and his PhD in Management from Cornell University. Prior to academia, Sean worked as a business development consultant. 



McClean, E., Martin, S. R., Emich, K. J., & Woodruff, T. (In press). The social consequences of voice: An examination of voice type and gender on status and subsequent leader emergence Academy of Management Journal.

Martin, S. R., Innis, B.* & Ward, R.* (in press). Social class, leaders and leadership: A critical review. Current Opinion in Psychology.

Martin, S. R., Côté, S., & Woodruff, T. (2016). Echoes of our upbringing: How growing up wealthy or poor relates to narcissism, leader behavior, and leader effectiveness. Academy of Management Journal, 59, 2157-2177.

  • Featured in MarketWatch, “Trump doesn’t want a ‘poor person’ running the economy, but research suggests he should rethink that.” By Jillian Berman.
  • Featured in “Growing up wealthy makes leaders more narcissistic”, Harvard Business Review by same authors.
  • Featured in Washington Post’s On Leadership. “Is your boss an egomaniac? Maybe he was born to it.” by Jena McGregor.
  • Featured on “Midnight with Chris Hardwick” on Comedy Central.
  • A highlighted article in National Affairs.

Martin, S. R. (2016). Stories about values and valuable stories: A field experiment of the power of narratives to shape newcomers’ actions. Academy of Management Journal, 59, 1707-1724.

  • Finalist for the Academy of Management Organizational Behavior Division’s Best Management Publication in 2016.
  • Featured in “The unexpected influence of stories told at work” by Francesca Gino,
  • Featured in Inc. “The power of telling your companies stories” by Will Yakowicz.
  • Featured in Fast Company “Save the heroic CEO stories, research suggests they’re not effective.”
  • Featured in Business News Daily “Want to inspire employees? Share their peers’ successes.”

Martin, S. R., Kish-Gephart, J., Detert, J. R. (2014) Blind forces: Ethical infrastructures and moral disengagement in organizations. Organizational Psychology Review, 4(4), 295-325.

Kish-Gephart, J., Detert, J., Treviño, L. K., Baker, V., and Martin, S. (2014) Situational influences on moral disengagement: The roles of personal gain and harm to others. Journal of Business Ethics, 125, 267-285.

Detert, J., Burris, E., Harrison, D., and Martin, S. (2013) Voice flows to and around leaders: Is more always better for unit performance? Administrative Science Quarterly, 58, 4, 624-668.

  • 2016 Named best leadership-related article of the past three years by Western University Ivey Business School’s Institute of Leadership.



  • Finalist for the Academy of Management Organizational Behavior Division’s Best Management Publication in 2016.
  • Kelley Research Grant recipient from Carroll School of Management, Boston College in 2016
  • Ivey Business School, Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership Best Leadership Paper Award, 2016
  • Finalist for Best Paper award at INGroup 2016
  • Catalyst Research Grant recipient from Carroll School of Management, Boston College in 2014
  • Winner of the Fuqua School of Business, Center of Leadership and Ethics Dissertation Proposal Competition. (September, 2013)
  • Winner of the Excellence in Ethics: Dissertation Proposal Competition (Notre Dame: May, 2013)
  • Finalist for the INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition (Phoenix: October, 2012)
  • Johnson School Teaching Honor Roll for excellent evaluations in the MBA program (2011-2012, 2012-2013)
  • Winner of the Johnson Emerging Markets Institute Summer Grant (Cornell: April 2011)