James R. Detert

James R. Detert

Area Coordinator of Management and Organizations
Associate Professor of Management and Organizations

342 Sage Hall
Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-6201
Phone: 607-255-2501

Professor Detert's research focuses on three topics: the antecedents, processes, and outcomes of improvement-oriented voice from subordinates to authorities in work organizations; leadership processes, behaviors, and outcomes; and ethical decision making and behavior, particularly the sociocognitive processes and mechanisms of moral disengagement. His research and consulting experiences on these and other topics range across a variety of high-technology and service-oriented industries as well as public sector institutions like K-12 education. His research has appeared in the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Operations Management, and Harvard Business Review. Detert received his MA in sociology and PhD in organizational behavior from Harvard University. He also holds an MBA from the University of Minnesota and a BBA from the University of Wisconsin. He has received several awards for his teaching in Johnson’s MBA and Executive MBA programs.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

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Accepted Papers

  • Martin, Sean; Kish-Gephart, J.; Detert, James R..  "Blind Forces: Ethical Infrastructures and Moral Disengagement in Organizations"  Organizational Psychology Review  (Accepted)

  • Kish-Gephart, J; Detert, James R.; Trevino, L; Baker, V; Martin, Sean.  "Situational Moral Disengagement: Can the Effects of Self-interest be Mitigated?"  Journal of Business Ethics  (Accepted)

Published Papers

Working Papers

  • Howell, T.; Harrison, D.; Burris, Ethan R.; Detert, James R..  "Can You Hear Me Now? Demographic and Structural Status Signals in Voice Recognition"

  • Ashford, S. J.; Detert, James R..  "Co-creating Change in Organizations: TACTICS for Successful Issue Selling"

  • Burris, Ethan R.; McClean, E.; Detert, James R.; Quigley, T..  "Speaking sideways and speaking up: How the choice for voice impacts employee performance"

  • Detert, James R.; Martin, Sean; Gino, F..  "Through Two Looking Glasses: How Followers Experience and Resolve the Ethical Ambiguity of Leader Directives"

  • Detert, James R.; Burris, Ethan R.; Howell, T.; Pettit, N..  "Voice Champions: How Advocates and Advocating for Others Influence Performance"

Book Chapters