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Joel Carnevale

Joel Carnevale

Assistant Professor of Management

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PhD, Auburn University (Management)
MBA, Radford University
BS, Radford University (Economics)

Joel Carnevale is an Assistant Professor of Management at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management. Primarily interested in the interpersonal dynamics that exist between leaders and their subordinates, his current research centers on three interconnected areas: destructive leadership, creative reputations, and behavioral ethics. Dr. Carnevale's research articles have appeared in several notable academic journals, including Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Journal of Business Research, and Applied Psychology. In addition, his work has appeared in popular media outlets including Fast Company, Business Insider, WebMD, Entrepreneur, and TIME. He is the Director of Outreach for the Network of Leadership Scholars, an Entrepreneur Leadership Network Contributor at Entrepreneur Media, an Associate Editor of Journal of Business Ethics, former Associate Editor of Journal of Business Research (2019-2022), and recipient of the 2021 Guttag Junior Faculty Award from the Whitman School of Management. He earned a B.S. in Economics and MBA from Radford University, and a Ph.D. in management, focused on Organizational Studies, Strategy and Change from the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business at Auburn University.


Research Topics

  • Leadership
  • Creativity
  • Behavioral Ethics
  • Interpersonal Dynamics

His current teaching interests are in the areas of organizational behavior, business ethics, leadership, and general management topics. He currently teaches courses on foundations of management.

His research focuses on destructive leadership, creative reputations, and behavioral ethics.

Selected Publications
  • "Laughing with Me or Laughing at Me? The Differential Effects of Leader Humor Expressions on Follower Status and Influence at Work.", Journal of Organizational Behavior, 2022 (with Huang, L., Yam, K., Wang, L.)
  • "A Mixed Blessing? Moral Cleansing as an Alternative Explanation for CEOs’ Reparative Responses Following Misconduct.", Journal of Business Ethics, 2022 (with Gangloff, K.)
  • "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 Huang, L., Vincent, L., Farmer, S., Wang, L.)
  • "Greedy for Thee or Greedy for Me? A Contingency Model of Positive and Negative Reactions to Leader Greed", Journal of Business Research, 2021 (with Carson, J., Huang, L.)
  • "Employee Adjustment and Well-Being in the Era of COVID-19: Implications for Human Resource Management", Journal of Business Research, 2020 (with Hatak, I.)
  • "Feeling Obligated Yet Hesitant to Speak Up: Investigating the Curvilinear Relationship between LMX and Employee Promotive Voice", Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 2020 (with Huang, L., Uhl-Bien, M., Harris, S.)
  • "Self-Centered and Self-Employed: Gender and the Relationship between Narcissism and Self-Employment", Journal of Business Research, 2020 (with Harms, P., Patel, P.)
  • "LMX-Differentiation Strengthens the Prosocial Consequences of Leader Humility: An Identification and Social Exchange Perspective", Journal of Business Research, 2019 (with Huang, L., Paterson, T.)
  • "Speaking Up to the "Emotional Vampire": A Conservation of Resources Perspective", Journal of Business Research, 2018 (with Huang, L., Harms, P.)
  • "Leader Consultation Mitigates the Harmful Effects of Leader Narcissism: A Belongingness Perspective ", Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 2018 (with Huang, L., Harms, P.)
  • "Leading to stimulate employees' ideas: A quantitative review of leader–member exchange, employee voice, creativity, and innovative behavior.", Applied Psychology, 2017 (with Huang, L., Crede, M., Harms, P., Uhl-Bien, M.)

Awards and Honors

  • Guttag Junior Faculty Research Award - Whitman School of Management (2021)
  • Best Doctoral Student Paper - Southern Management Association (2016)
  • Best Paper - OB Division - Southern Management Association (2016)
  • Best Paper Proceedings - Academy of Management (2016)
  • Best Paper Award - Society of Business Research Conference (2012)
  • RU Graduate Tuition Scholarship - Radford University (2011)

Media Placements

3 reasons introverts can be good leaders , Fast Company 7.5.22

Humor Can Make You (and Your Employees) More Influential — If You Do It Right , Entrepreneur 6.14.22

If You Think Trusting Your Employees More is the Answer, You Might Want to Think Again , Entrepreneur 2.19.22

Understanding the Basics of Organizational Structure and Design , Workest 1.1.21

Your 'Best' Employee Could Become the Most Toxic: 3 Ways to Get Them Back on Track , Business Insider 1.1.21

Are Your Creative Stars Fading Over Time? , Entrepreneur 10.24.21

3 Reasons Why Narcissists in Your Organization are Impossible to Evaluate , Entrepreneur 6.1.21

How to Handle Emotional Vampires , WebMD 4.1.21

Is Your "Best" Employee Really Your Most Toxic? , Entrepreneur 2.17.21

3 Steps You Can Take to Reduce Bias and Become a Better Decision-Maker , Workest 1.1.20

3 Ways to Boost Your Creative Potential , Workest 1.1.20

A Guide to Using Personality Tests in Your Organization , Workest 1.1.20

Employee Loneliness in Remote Work Environments: What Leaders Can Do , Workest 1.1.20

Getting “Generation Me” Invested in Your Change Initiative , Workest 1.1.20

Having Issues with Employee Engagement? It Could Be Personal , Workest 1.1.20

Helping Employees Cope: Leadership for a Supportive and Cooperative Workplace , Workest 1.1.20

Understanding and Incorporating “Dark” Traits in Personality Assessments , Workest 1.1.20

What Is Organizational Culture, and How Can You Ensure You’re Cultivating the Right One? , Workest 1.1.20

Are Mind-Altering Substances Hurting Your Employees' Productivity? Here's What the Science Says. , Entrepreneur 11.20.20

Are Entrepreneurs Narcissists? , Entrepreneur 9.24.20

Preventing the Spread of Conspiracy Theories in Times of Crisis Requires Effective Leadership , Entrepreneur 8.28.20

Are You Open to Opposing Viewpoints? 3 Tips for Improving Critical Thinking , Entrepreneur 7.2.20

3 Reasons Why We Fall for Conspiracy Theories , Entrepreneur 6.5.20

The Zero-Sum Mindset: How to Avoid Toxic Thinking in Moments of Crisis , Entrepreneur 4.7.20

Think Being Close With Your Employees Will Motivate Them to Go Above and Beyond? Think Again. , Entrepreneur 3.3.20

Why George Orwell Matters for Great Business Leadership , Entrepreneur 1.2.20

The Science of Success, TIME 12.20.19

Can Being Bullied Make You a More Successful Entrepreneur? , Entrepreneur 12.4.19

Tips for Selecting and Training a Talented Narcissist , Workest-Zenefits 11.18.19

How to Give Creativity a Voice in the Workplace , Entrepreneur 10.28.19

Research says your ego may be causing employee burnout — here are 3 ways to stop it , Business Insider 10.11.19

The Unexpected Source of Employee Burnout , Entrepreneur 10.4.19

Competitive Rivals Can Make You More Successful , Entrepreneur 9.15.19

3 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Use Envy to Fuel Success , Entrepreneur 9.5.19

College students should start taking a closer look at the products, services they use. , The Daily Orange 1.28.19

Your Narcissism Is Killing Your Employees' Productivity. How to Avoid the Pitfalls. , Entrepreneur 6.12.18