Faculty – John Paul Stephens

John PaulStephens - Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior

Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior

jps136@case.edu
(216) 368-1710

Initially Appointed: 2010

John Paul Stephens, PhD, received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Morgan State University and his master’s and doctoral degrees in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan. His research focuses on the roles of perception, knowledge, and relationships in the adaptive coordination of action groups such as musical ensembles. His other research interests fall under the umbrella of positive organizational scholarship and include high-quality connections, strengths-based feedback, and the relationship between character strengths and person-job fit. Dr. Stephens employs a variety of tools and methods, from structural equation modeling to video-based conversation analysis and ethnography, to examine how people’s self-knowledge, be it about their relationships, their strengths, or their behaviors, impacts their work. His research has been published in the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, the Journal of Positive Psychology and the Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology and Work, and has been presented in papers and symposia at the Annual Meetings of the Academy of Management.

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2009
M.S., University of Michigan, 2006
B.S., Morgan State University, 2004

Curriculum Vita

Interests and Courses

Research

Psychology of coordination, performance adaptation, performativity/practice, organizational aesthetics, mindfulness/attention, organizational routines and knowledge, high-quality connections, character strengths & strengths-based feedback

Teaching

Organizational psychology/behavior, Positive organizational scholarship, Qualitative research methods, Negotiations and bargaining behavior

Recent Courses and Syllabi

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Selected Publications



Presentations

  • Stephens, J. (Presenter & Author), LeBaron, C. (Presenter & Author) Sixth International Symposium on Process Organization Studies, "Teaching and Learning through Doing and Feeling Organizational Routines", Organization Studies, Rhodes, Greece. (2014).
  • Amelia, J. (Presenter & Author), Stephens, J. (Author Only), Knight, J. (Author Only) Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, "Surgeons as active leaders in the operating room: Potential cost-saving behaviors.", Society of Gynecologic Oncology, Tampa, FL. (2014).
  • Stephens, J. Positive Relationships at Work Meeting, "Leading parts and whole in orchestrating adaptive groups", Drexel University and the Center for Positive Organizations, Philadelphia, PA. (2014).
  • Stephens, J. UC Davis Conference on Qualitative Research, "Repair in collective group performance: How individuals know and respond to breaches in coordination", University of California, Davis, UC Davis. (2013).
  • Stephens, J. (Presenter & Author) Academy of Management Meeting, "Leading in coordination: The meta-feedback role of leaders of performative groups.", Academy of Management, Boston, MA. (2012).
  • Stephens, J. (Presenter & Author), Lindberg, A. (Author Only), Heaphy, E. (Author Only) Qualitative Research in Management and Organization Conference, "Bringing the body back in: The role of bodily movement in organizational routines", University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. (2012).
  • Stephens, J. Academy of Management Meeting, "Learning to coordinate as a large performative group: The roles of leaders and rehearsals", Academy of Management, San Antonio, TX. (2011).
  • Stephens, J. Academy of Management Meeting, "Performing beauty: Attention, aesthetics and action in the coordination of a community choir.", Academy of Management, San Antonio, TX. (2011).
  • Stephens, J. (Presenter & Author), Heaphy, E. (Author Only), Carmeli, A. (Author Only), Spreitzer, G. (Author Only), Dutton, J. (Author Only), Bagozzi, R. (Author Only) Academy of Management Meeting, "Relationship capacity as a source of resilience in individuals and teams in the workplace.", Academy of Management, San Antonio, TX. (2011).
  • Stephens, J., LeBaron, C. (Author Only) Colloquium of the European Group for Organizational Studies, "Aesthetic routines: Examining communication and leadership in intragroup coordination", European Group for Organizational Studies, Gothenburg, Sweden. (2011).
  • Stephens, J., Boland, B. (Author Only) Colloquium of the European Group for Organizational Studies, "Legitimizing convergence: Aesthetics as a bridge between managing and designing", European Group for Organizational Studies, Gothenburg, Sweden. (2011).
  • Stephens, J. May Meaning Meeting, "The broadening and narrowing effects of emotions in intragroup coordination. The broadening and narrowing effects of emotions in intragroup coordination. ", Yale and Brigham Young Universities, Sundance, UT. (2011).
  • Dutton, J. (Presenter & Author), Spreitzer, G. (Author Only), Heaphy, E. (Author Only), Stephens, J. (Author Only) Academy of Management Meeting, "When and how coworkers lend a hand: Compassionate responding to “gray- zone” events in coworkers’ lives", Academy of Management, Montreal, QC, Canada. (2010).
  • Stephens, J. May Meaning Meeting, "The experience of individuals in a collective coordinating for beauty", Harvard University, Duxbury, MA. (2010).
  • Stephens, J. Academy of Management Meeting, "The importance of choirs to organizing", Academy of Management, Chicago, IL. (2009).
  • Stephens, J. (Presenter & Author), Heaphy, E. (Author Only), Spreitzer, G. (Author Only), Dutton, J. (Author Only) Academy of Management Meeting, "Developing a measure of high-quality connections at work: toward construct validation", Academy of Management, Anaheim, CA. (2008).
  • Stephens, J. Academy of Management Meeting, " Sideways organizing at center stage: The case of choral singing", Academy of Management, Anaheim, CA. (2008).
  • Stephens, J. Academy of Management Meeting, "Making music together: The role of attention to relatedness in organizing", Academy of Management, Philadelphia, PA. (2007).
  • Spreitzer, G. (Presenter & Author), Stephens, J. (Presenter & Author), Rosso, B. (Author Only), Sweetman, D. (Author Only), Dekas, K. (Author Only) Gallup Leadership Institute Summit, "The roles of source and valence of feedback in leadership development: Preliminary findings from a field experiment", Gallup Leadership Institute, Washington, D.C.. (2006).


Academic and Professional Activities

  • European Group for Organizational Studies. 2011 - Present
  • Association for Psychological Science. 2006 - Present
  • Academy of Managment. 2005 - Present
  • Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. 2005 - 2009
  • American Psychological Association. 2001 - 2009
  • Committee Member, PhD Student Admissions , 2013
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Organizational Aesthetics, 2013 - Present
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Human Relations, 2013 - Present
  • Editorial Review Board Member, Caribbean Journal of Psychology, Mona, 2013 - Present
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Group & Organization Management, 2013 - Present
  • Committee Member, PhD Student Admissions , 2012
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Organization Studies, 2012 - Present
  • Committee Member, Undergraduate Integrated Studies, 2011 - Present
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Academy of Management Journal, 2011 - Present
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Academy of Management Review, 2010 - Present


Awards

  • Best Paper, University of California-Davis Conference on Qualitative Research. (2013).
  • ACES+ ADVANCE Opportunity Grant Award, ACES+ Initiative. (2012).



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