Organizational Behavior

Do you feel as though someone you know needs to be coached? Angelo Kinicki has some words of advice that may make you think twice.

What personality traits make for a better boss, assertiveness or humility? A team of researchers from ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business discovered that humble bosses perform best. “These kinds of leaders are more likely to empower others, to trust others, and to work well with others,” said Management Professor Angelo Kinicki. In other words, a humble boss is more likely to help people feel good and collaborate more, boosting productivity.

Most of us pride ourselves on having the ability to identify a good boss. It is easy because most of us have experienced a bad boss and just hope for the opposite qualities. But what about being a good follower? Do you know what it takes to be a good employee?

Say you’re about to diversity your business, or venture into something new. What is the best way to configure your value chain? What you will do in-house and what you will outsource? How you answer that question, it turns out, is an important determinant for the success of your business. In recent research associate management professor Glenn Hoetker looked at the factors affecting firms’ decisions about what to insource and what to outsource in the value chain.

Research indicates that psychological characteristics such as optimism, resilience and hopefulness can impact performance among top management teams. What’s more, these performance-boosting characteristics can grow when nurtured, and their impact increases under transformational leadership, according to a study conducted by Suzanne Peterson and Zhen Zhang, two assistant professors of management at the W. P. Carey School of Business.