William Kahn

Everett W. Lord Distinguished Faculty Scholar Professor, Management & Organizations Department Chair, Management and Organizations
  • PhD, Yale University, 1987
  • MS, Yale University, 1983
  • BA, Clark University, 1981
  • Kahn, W., Rouse, E. (In Press). "Navigating Space for Personal Agency: Auxiliary Routines as Adaptations in Toxic Organizations", Academy of Management Journal
  • Kahn, W., Feldman, E. (2020). "Making the most of conflicting advice from mentors.", MIT Sloan Management Review: MIT's journal of management research and ideas
  • Kahn, W., Rouse, E. (2020). "Toxic organizations and the unenviable choices available to mid-level managers.", London School of Economics Business Review
  • Kahn, W., Barnes, L., Draga, S., Long, D., Maitlis, S., Ruttan, R., Burgess, R., Colquitt, J., DeCelles, K., Dutton, J., Hardin, A., Jun, S., Rockmann, K., Workman, K. (2020). "Navigating Distress: Exploring How People Make Sense of Negative Emotions in Everyday Workplaces", Academy of Management Proceedings, 2020 (1), 14075-14075
  • Kahn, W. (2019). "Dynamics and Implications of Distress Organizing", Academy of Management Journal, 62 (5), 1471-1497
  • Barton, M., Kahn, W. (2019). "Group Resilience: The Place and Meaning of Relational Pauses", Organization Studies, 40 (9), 1409-1429
  • Feldman, E., Kahn, W. (2019). "When Developers Disagree: Divergent Advice as a Potential Catalyst for Protégé Growth", Organization Science, 30 (3), 509-527
  • Kahn, W., Barton, M., Fisher, C., Heaphy, E., Reid, E., Rouse, E. (2018). "The Geography of Strain: Organizational Resilience as a Function of Intergroup Relations", Academy of Management Review, 43 (3), 509-529
  • Kahn, W. (2015). "The Ostrich Effect", Routledge
  • Kahn, W., Barton, M., Fellows, S. (2013). "Organizational Crises and the Disturbance of Relational Systems", Academy of Management Review, 2 (38), 377-396
  • Kahn, W., Barton, M., Fellows, S. (2013). "Organizational crises and the disturbance of relational systems", Academy of Management Review, 38 (3), 377-396
  • Kahn, W. (2012). "The functions of dysfunction: Implications for organizational diagnosis and change.", Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 64 (3), 225-241
  • Kahn, W. (2011). "Treating Organizational Wounds", Organizational Dynamics, 40 (2), 75-84
  • Kahn, W. (2008). "The Student's Guide to Successful Project Teams", Routledge Academic
  • Bookman, T., Kahn, W. (2006). "This House We Build Lessons for Healthy Synagogues and the People Who Dwell There", Rowman & Littlefield
  • Kahn, W. (2006). Meaningful connections: Positive relationships and attachments at work. In JE, Dutton., BR, Ragins. (Eds.), "Exploring positive relationships at work", Lawrence Erlbaum 189-206
  • Kahn, W. (2006). Positive relationships in groups and communities. In JE, Dutton., BR, Ragins. (Eds.), "Exploring positive relationships at work", Lawrence Erlbaum 277-288
  • Kahn, W. (2005). "Holding Fast", Routledge
  • Kahn, W. (2004). "Facilitating and Undermining Organizational Change", The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 40 (1), 7-30
  • Kahn, W., Green, Z. (2004). Seduction and betrayal: A process of unconscious abuse of authority by leadership groups. In S, Cytynbaum., D, Noumair. (Eds.), "Group relations reader 3", A.K. Rice Institute 175-199
  • Kahn, W. (2003). "The Revelation of Organizational Trauma", The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 39 (4), 364-380
  • Kahn, W., Cross, R., Parker, A. (2003). "Layers of Diagnosis for Planned Relational Change in Organizations", The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 39 (3), 259-280
  • (2003). "Review of H. Sondak, M. Neale & E. Mannix (Eds.), Toward phenomenology of groups and group membership", Administrative Science Quarterly, 48 (2), 330-332
  • KAHN, W. (2002). "Managing the Paradox of Self-Reliance", Organizational Dynamics, 30 (3), 239-256
  • Kahn, W., Hall, D. (2002). Developmental relationships at work: A learning perspective. In C, Cooper. (Eds.), "The world of work", Oxford 49-74
  • Kahn, W. (2001). "Holding Environments at Work", The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 37 (3), 260-279
  • Kahn, W. (1998). "Relational systems at work", Research in Organizational Behavior, 20 39-76
  • Kahn, W. (1996). Secure base relationships at work. In DT, Hall. (Eds.), "The career is dead--Long live the career: A relational approach to careers", Jossey-Bass 42-66
  • (1996). "Comment on "Understanding researcher projection in interpreting case study data: The South Canyon fire tragedy."", The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 32 (1), 63-70
  • Kahn, W. (1995). "Organizational Change and the Provision of a Secure Base: Lessons from the Field", Human Relations, 48 (5), 489-514
  • Kahn, W. (1995). "Group Process Checkpoints for Team Learning in the Classroom", Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 14 (2), 310-310
  • Kahn, W., Kram, K. (1994). "Authority at work: Internal models and their organizational consequences.", Academy of Management Review, 19 (1), 17-50
  • Kahn, W. (1993). "Caring for the caregivers: Patterns of organizational caregiving", Administrative Science Quarterly, 38 (4), 539-563
  • Kahn, W. (1992). "To be fully there: Psychological presence at work", Human Relations, 45 (4), 321-349
  • (1992). "Review of E. Shapiro & A. W. Carr, Lost in Familiar Places", Academy of Management Review, 17 (3), 615-618
  • Kahn, W. (1990). "Psychological conditions of personal engagement and disengagement at work", Academy of Management Journal, 33 (4), 692-724
  • Kahn, W. (1990). "There's no place like home: Reflections on leaving a social system", The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 26 (2), 135-149
  • Kahn, W. (1990). "Towards an agenda for business ethics research", Academy of Management Review, 15 (2), 311-328
  • Kahn, W. (1990). "An Exercise of Authority", Journal of Management Education, 14 (2), 28-42
  • Kahn, W. (1990). "To wit: Humor and the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science", The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 26 (1), 107-110
  • Kahn, W. (1989). University athletic teams. In JR, Hackman. (Eds.), "Groups that work (and those that don't)", Jossey-Bass 250-264
  • Kahn, W. (1989). "Toward a Sense of Organizational Humor: Implications for Organizational Diagnosis and Change", The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 25 (1), 45-63
  • Kahn, W., Crosby, F. (1985). Change and stasis: Discriminating between changing attitudes and discriminatory behavior. In B, Gutek., L, Larwood., B, Stromberg. (Eds.), "Women and work", Sage 48-62
  • KAHN, W. (1984). "The Structure of Exaltation", American Behavioral Scientist, 27 (6), 705-722
    Research Presentations
  • Kahn, W. Navigating space for personal agency, Oxford University Said Business School, 2020
  • Kahn, W. Compassion fatigue and the pandemic: Caring for the caregivers, Tufts Medical Center, 2020
  • Rouse, E. , Kahn, W. You win some, you lose more: Gaming creative work, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Chicago, 2019
  • Kahn, W. Compassion as intervention in burned-out environments, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Chicago, 2018
    Awards and Honors
  • 2019, Best Paper Award (Finalist)
  • 1995, AMR Best Paper Award, Academy of Management