John Paul (J.P.) Stephens

Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University

John Paul (J.P.) Stephens is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, John Paul completed degrees in Psychology at Morgan State University (BS) and in Organizational Psychology (MS and PhD) at the University of Michigan. J.P. studies work relationships and coordination in groups, focusing on how what individuals and teams perceive about their behaviors shapes complex interdependent work. This research has centered on the felt dynamics—emotions and aesthetic experience—that comprise individuals’ experience of relating with others in their work relationships and teams. His research has found that these felt dynamics interplay with cognitive (e.g., attention) and behavioral processes (e.g., contributing actions or information) to enable group coordination, performance, and resilience. His current research, funded by the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, focuses on the development of high-quality relationships, teamwork, and coordination on large construction sites.

His work has either been published or is forthcoming in the Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Management Inquiry, Journal of Positive Psychology, and the International Journal of Project Management. He has also made key contributions in the form of book chapters in edited volumes, such as the Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology and Work, The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship, Physicality of Leadership, Handbook of Research on Leadership and Creativity, and Handbook of Organizational Resilience (forthcoming).

J.P. currently sits on the Research Advisory Boards of the Center for Positive Organizations and the Relational Coordination Research Collaborative (where he also chairs the Research Advisory Committee). He serves as an editorial board member of the Academy of Management Discoveries and Group & Organization Management journals. He is a former editorial board member of the Academy of Management Review and a 2015 winner of their Best Reviewer Award. He is also a former executive committee member of the Managerial and Organizational Cognition Division of the Academy of Management. He has also felt honored to be nominated for various teaching and mentoring awards at the undergraduate and graduate levels at the Weatherhead School.

Twitter: @jpstephens428

Session: The Co-Creation of Human Connection

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