Kris Byron

Chair, Department of Management
Associate Professor of Management
Affiliated Faculty, Psychology Department

(315) 443-4821
Room: 541

PhD, Georgia State University

Kristin Byron, assistant professor of management, is interested primarily in nonverbal communication and how it affects employees: emotion in the workplace; nonverbal and electronic communication; employee responses to mistreatment (e.g. revenge, forgiveness, retaliation); and the intersection of employees' work and non-work lives (e.g. work-family conflict, environmental stressors). Recently, she has been quoted as an expert in a variety of national and local media outlets; The Syracuse Post Standard, The New York Times, ABC, and

Her publication, "Toward an Understanding of Nonverbal Cues and Emotion in Email Communication," with D.B. Baldridge, was recognized in the Best Paper Proceedings in the 2005 Academy of Management Proceedings. She has been published in the Journal of Management; the Journal of Organizational Behavior; and the Academy of Management Review.

Research Topics

  • E-mail and electronic communication in the workplace
  • Emotions in the workplace
  • Work and family
  • Work/life balance
  • Employee mistreatment
  • E-mail
  • Creativity

Professor Byron's research interests include emotion in the workplace; stress (e.g. work-family conflict, environmental stressors); and creativity.

Selected Publications
  • "The Relationship Between Positive Psychological Traits, Transformational Leadership, and Firm Performance in High Technology Start-up and Established Firm Contexts", Journal of Management, 35: 348-368, 2009, (with Peterson, S. J., Walumbwa, F., Myrowitz, J.)
  • "Exploring the Role of Hope in Job Performance: Results From Four Studies", Journal of Organizational Behavior, 28:785-803, 2008, (with Peterson, S. J.)
  • "Carrying Too Heavy a Load? The Communication and Miscommunication of Emotion in Emails", Academy of Management Review, 33:309-327, 2008
  • "The Relationship Between Stressors and Creativity: A Meta-Analysis Examining Competing Theoretical Models", Journal of Applied Psychology, 95: 201-212, 2010, (with Khazanchi, S., Nazarian, D.)
  • "Male and Female Managers' Ability to 'Read' Emotions: Relationhips with Supervisor's Performance Ratings and Subordinates Satisfaction Ratings", Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 80: 713-733, 2007
  • "Differential Effects of Male and Female Managers' Nonverbal Emotion Skills on Employees' Ratings", Journal of Managerial Psychology, 23: 118-134, 2008
  • "A Meta-Analytic Investigation of the Relationship of State and Trait Anxiety to Performance on Visual and Verbal Creative Tasks", Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Vol. 38, 269-283, 2011, (Khazanchi, S.)
  • "Rewards and creative performance: A meta-analytic test of theoretically derived hypotheses", Psychological Bulletin, Vol. 138, No. 4, 809-830, 2012, (Shalini Khazanchi)


  • Whitman School of Management - Whitman Research Fellow, 2012-2014
  • Academy of Management Review - Outstanding reviewer award, 2012
  • Journal of Organizational Behavior - Top ten reviewer award, 2011
  • Best Paper Proceedings, 2010 Academy of Management, for "When and How Rewards Increase Creative Performance: A Theoretically-Driven Meta-Analysis" (with Khazanchi, S. K.)
  • Top 10 reviewer for the Journal of Organizational Behavior 2010
  • Outstanding reviewer for the Academy of Management Review 2009
  • Top 10 reviewer for the Journal of Organizational Behavior 2009
  • Journal of Business & Psychology Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence, 2009
  • Highly commendable paper (top four best papers published in 2008) in the Journal of Managerial Psychology
  • Guttag Junior Faculty Award, 2007-2009
  • Best Paper Proceedings of the 2007 Academy of Management meetings, Philadelphia, Pa., 2007, for "Transformational Leadership, Positive Psychological Traits, and Firm Performance," with Peterson, S. J., Walumbwa, F., & Myrowitz, J. .
  • Best Paper Proceedings of the 2005 Academy of Management meetings, Honolulu, Hawaii (Second Runner-Up for Best Paper of OCIS Division), 2005, for "Toward an Understanding of Nonverbal Cues and Emotion in Email Communication," with Baldridge, D. B.