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Lynne Vincent

Lynne Vincent

Associate Professor of Management

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PhD, Cornell University - School of Industrial and Labor Relations (Organizational Behavior)
MS, Cornell University - School of Industrial and Labor Relations (Concentration in Organizational Behavior)
BS, Cornell University - School of Industrial and Labor Relations (Concentration in Organizational Behavior)

Vincent earned her B.S. in industrial and labor relations and her M.S. and Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Cornell University. She teaches undergraduate management classes at Whitman.
Vincent's research examines the moral and social implications of creativity. In contrast to the status quo view of creativity as inherently positive, she investigates the potential dark side and the unexpected consequences of creativity. Her research reveals that creativity and the perception of creativity influences decisions to engage in dishonest behaviors, how people handle negative experiences and even how people judge others. These processes affect how organizations encourage creativity, how organizations design jobs and how hiring decisions are made. Her research has appeared in Academy of Management Journal, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General and Psychological Science.

Selected Publications
  • "Better to Give than to Receive (or Seek) Help? The Interpersonal Dynamics of Maintaining a Reputation for Creativity", Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 2021 (with Carnevale, J., Huang, L., Farmer, S., Wang, L.)
  • "Better to Give Help than to Receive or Seek Help? Examining the Social Dynamics of Maintaining a Reputation for Creativity", Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 167, 144-156, 2021 (with Carnevale, J., Huang, L., Farmer, S., Wang, L.)
  • "The promises and pitfalls of creativity", Armed Forces Comptroller, 62(4), 28-31, 2017
  • "Creative, Rare, Entitled, and Dishonest: How Commonality of Creativity in One's Group Decreases an Individual's Entitlement and Dishonesty", Academy of Management Journal, 59, 1451-1473, 2016 (with Kouchaki, M.)
  • "Deserve and diverge: Feeling entitled makes people more creative.", Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 56, 242-248, 2015 (with Zitek, E.)
  • "The consequences of creative work: How a creative outlet lifts the physical burden of secrecy", Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 59, 32-39, 2015 (with Goncalo, J., Krause, V.)
  • "Outside advantage: Social rejection can fuel creativity.", Journal of Experimental Psychology- General, 142(3), 605-611, 2013 (with Kim, S., Goncalo, J.)
  • " Stretching the moral gray zone: Positive affect, moral disengagement and dishonesty.", Psychological Science, 24(4), 595-599, 2013 (with Emich, K., Goncalo, J.)

Awards and Honors

  • Guttag Research Award - Whitman School of Management (2020)
  • Dean's Citation for Research - Whitman School of Management (2018)
  • Excellence in Ethics: Dissertation Proposal Competition - University of Notre Dame (2013)
  • Best Paper - Academy of Management (2012)
  • Cornell Ideas Scholar - Cornell University (2012)
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award - Academy of Management (2012)

Media Placements

Amazon's victory against a union drive in Alabama proved workers want better workplaces, but America's labor laws are too broken to help them get that, experts say, Business Insider 4.10.21

The winners and losers of Amazon’s warehouse union vote, Washington Post 4.9.21

Amazon Union Vote In Alabama Could Catch Attention of Syracuse Workers , WAER 3.17.21

Black Lives Matter backs Amazon union push in Alabama , AP 3.12.21

The Perks of Being a Weirdo, Atlantic 4.1.20

How to deal with the problem of needing another offer to get a raise , Fast Company 12.5.19

Break the law — with some style — and you may get away with it, for a while , USC News 6.30.17

Dazzled by Creativity: Why We Excuse Dishonest Acts , Scientific American 3.15.17

Airbnb crackdown hurts millennials, New York wallets , Daily Orange 10.31.16

A touch of evil , Aeon Magazine 1.1.15

See yourself as a creative type? Then you're probably a LIAR: People who think their talent is rare develop sense of entitlement, Daily Mail 11.3.15

Does creativity breed entitlement?, Kellogg Insight 11.2.15

Why creative people are the worst, Pacific Standard 10.31.15

Creativity can make you a better liar, Economic Times 9.28.15

Entitlement and deceit: The cost of creativity, Business News Daily 9.23.15

3 ways to manage entitled employees , Fast Company 12.22.14

The dark side of creativity , The Conversation 12.12.14

Entitlement gives creativity a boost , Examiner 11.18.14

Entitlement boosts creativity , Science Daily 11.18.14

National health insurance supported by kids who share and more surprising insights from the social sciences , Boston Globe 11.16.14

Feeling entitled leads to more creativity, study shows , Cornell Chronicle 11.13.14

Feeling entitled boosts creativity , Pacific Standard 11.6.14

Entitlement might make you more creative (but you probably knew that already) , Fast Company 10.7.14

Does testosterone make people greedy? , The Atlantic 10.2.14

Why you should skip lunch before a job interview , Huffington Post 7.30.14

From contretemps to creativity , Scientific American Mind 3.1.14

How to turn negativity into creativity , 1.10.14

Inside the box: People don't actually like creativity , Slate 12.6.13

Are you a bit of a loser? Don’t worry, you’re probably really creative , Fast Company 9.14.12

Social rejection can fuel creativity , The Huffington Post 9.4.12

The benefits of rejection , Chicago Tribune 8.28.12

Does social rejection fuel creativity for people? , Phychology Today 8.24.12

Social rejection and imaginative thinking , The British Psychological Society 8.23.12

Socially rejected people likely to be more creative, says a study , India Today 8.23.12

Using social rejection to drive creativity , Psych Central 8.22.12

Revenge of the nerds: Social rejection can ‘lead to imaginative thinking and strong independence , Daily Mail 8.22.12

Don’t get mad, get creative: social rejection can fuel imaginative thinking, study shows , Science Daily 8.21.12