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

Christopher Robert

Interim Dean and Associate Professor of Management
407 Cornell Hall

700 Tiger Avenue
Columbia, MO 65211

Chris Robert serves as interim dean of the Trulaske College of Business after serving as the associate dean for graduate programs and research from 2017 to 2021. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois in industrial/organizational psychology. He studies humor at work, as well as cross-cultural management, workplace conflict, and work groups and teams. His research has appeared in publications such as 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).


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


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

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

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.