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Trulaske Dean's Advisory Board, Graduate Dean's Office, Management

Christopher Robert

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research
407C Cornell Hall

Chris Robert received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He is an Associate Professor in the Management Department, and is serving as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research. He studies humor at work, as well as cross-cultural management, workplace conflict, and work groups and teams. His research has appeared in publications including Journal of Applied PsychologyPersonnel PsychologyOrganizational Behavior and Human Decision ProcessesJournal of ManagementHuman RelationsJournal of Business and Psychology, and Group and Organizational Behavior. He is the editor of the book The Psychology of Humor at Work (2017, Psychology Press). Professor Robert is a member of the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.


B.A. University of Vermont, 1992; M.A. University of Illinois, 1995; Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1998


Journal Articles

Robert, C., & da Motta Veiga, S. P. (in press). Conversational humor and job satisfaction at work: Exploring the role of humor production, appreciation, and positive affect. Humor: International Journal of Humor Research.

Robert, C. (Ed.). (2017). Humor at Work: A Psychological Perspective. In Current Issues in Work and Organizational Psychology (Arnold Bakker, Series Ed.). East Sussex, UK: Routledge (Psychology Press).

Clark, B., Robert, C., & Hampton, S. (2016). The technology effect: How perceptions of technology drive excessive optimism.    Journal of Business and Psychology31, 87-102.

Raub, S., & Robert, C. (2016). Empowerment, organizational commitment, and voice behavior in the hospitality industry: Evidence from a multi-national sample. Cornell Hospitality Quarterly.

Robert, C., Dunne, T., & Iun, J. (2016). The impact of leader humor on subordinate job satisfaction: The crucial role of leader-subordinate relationship quality. Group and Organization Management41(3), 375-406.

Robert, C., & Wilbanks, J. E. (2012). The Wheel Model of Humor: Humor events and affect in organizations. Human Relations, 65(9), 1069-1097.

Haggard, D., Robert, C., & Rose, A.J. (2011). Co-rumination in the workplace: Adjustment trade-offs for men and women who engage in excessive discussions of workplace problems. Journal of Business and Psychology26, 27-40.

Robert, C. & Cheung, Y-H. (2010). An examination of the relationship between conscientiousness and group performance on a creative task. Journal of Research in Personality, 44(2), 222-231.

Raub, S. & Robert, C. (2010). Differential effects of empowering leadership on in-role and extra-role employee behaviors: Exploring the role of psychological empowerment and power values. Human Relations63(11), 1743-1770.

Robert, C., & Yan, W. (2007). "The Case for Developing New Research on Humor and Culture in Organizations: Towards a Higher Grade of Manure." Research in Personnel and Human Resource Management, vol. 26, pp. 205-267. Elsevier, Joseph Martocchio, ed.

Robert, C., Lee, W. C., & Chan, K-Y. (2006). "Measurement equivalence in the measurement of culture: An examination of the influence of culture, language and translation, occupation, and response context." Personnel Psychology, 59, 65-99.

Olekalns, M., Robert, C., Probst, T., Smith, P., & Carnevale, P. (2005). The Impact of Message Frame on Negotiators' Impressions, Moods, and Behaviors. International Journal of Conflict Management, 16, 379-402.

Wasti, S. A., & Robert, C. (2004). "Out of Touch? An Evaluation of the Correspondence between Academic and Practitioner Concerns in IHRM." Advances in International Management (Vol. 15), pp. 207-239. JAI Press, Eds. Michael Hitt and Joseph Cheng.

Robert, C. & S.A. Wasti (2002). "Organizational individualism and collectivism: Theoretical development and construct validation." Journal of Management, 28(4), 544-566.

Robert, C., T. Probst, J.J. Martocchio, F. Drasgow, and J. Lawler (2000). “Empowerment and continuous improvement in the U.S., Mexico, Poland, and India: Predicting fit on the basis of the dimensions of power distance and individualism.” Journal of Applied Psychology, 85(5), pp. 643-658.

Robert, C., & P. J. Carnevale (1997). "Group choice in ultimatum bargaining." Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 72(2), pp. 256-279.


Robert, C. (in press). Social Networks and Sociometrics. In Salvatore Attardo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Humor Studies. Sage.