R. David Lebel
Associate Professor of Business Administration and Ben L. Fryrear Faculty Fellow

Contact

364 Mervis Hall
rdlebel@katz.pitt.edu
412-648-1020

Profile

David Lebel is an Associate Professor of Business Administration and Ben L. Fryrear Faculty Fellow at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. His award-winning research focuses on two topics. First, he examines how negative emotions such as fear and anger influence our behavior, asking when these emotions might have functional or dysfunctional effects for people at work. Second, he examines when employees are proactive, such as speaking up with ideas for improvement, being innovative, or taking initiative. From this line of research he hopes to help organizations create settings that foster these behaviors.

Dave has been recognized for his outstanding teaching at the Katz School of Business, receiving multiple teaching awards. Dave’s teaching interests include organizational behavior, organizational change, and communication at work. Prior to pursuing a Ph.D., he was a management consultant with Deloitte, providing strategy and operations expertise to public sector clients, and was an analyst for a large $15 billion privately held supply chain organization.

Awards and Honors

• Katz School of Business Excellence in Research Award (2015-2016)
• Katz School of Business Excellence in Teaching Award
(2012-13, 2014-2015, 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020)
• Doris & Douglas Bernstein Award for Faculty Teaching Excellence (2016-2017, 2019-2020)
• BNY Mellon CSR Fellow and Research Grant (2013-2016)
• Center for Healthcare Management research grant (2016-2017)

Degrees

  • PhD, Organizational Behavior, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania
  • MS, Management, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania
  • BS, Economics, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania

Recent Publications

Patil, S. V., & Lebel, R. D. (2019). “I want to serve but the public does not understand:” Prosocial motivation, image discrepancies, and proactivity in public safety. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 154, 34-48. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.obhdp.2019.07.002

Lebel, R.D., & Patil, S.V. (2018) Proactivity despite discouraging supervisors: The powerful role of prosocial motivation. Journal of Applied Psychology, 103(7), 724-737. https://doi.org/10.1037/apl0000301

Lebel, R.D.  (2017). Moving beyond fight and flight: A contingent model of how the emotional regulation of anger and fear spark proactivity. Academy of Management Review, 42(2), 190-206. doi:10.5465/amr.2014.0368

Lebel, R.D. (2016). Overcoming the fear factor: How perceptions of supervisor openness lead employees to speak up when fearing external threat. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 135, 10-21 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.obhdp.2016.05.001

Academic Area

Organizations and Entrepreneurship