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University of Delaware - Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics

Kyle Emich

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Title Associate Professor of Management
Office 319 Alfred Lerner Hall


Kyle Emich earned his Ph.D. in organizational behavior at Cornell University, and is currently an assistant professor of management at the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware.

Kyle’s research focuses on understanding how patterns of perceptions and emotions in teams influences their functioning. For example, his work addresses issues such as how differences in character among team members affects their perceptions of their team and their team’s subsequent information flow and performance. Further, his work addresses how emotions influence cognitive processing; for example, people’s creativity, morality and decision making. Kyle’s research has been published in outlets such as Psychological Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes and Journal of Organizational Behavior. Additionally, his work has been cited in media outlets such as Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Scientific American Mind, Psychology Today and The Atlantic.

Kyle has taught both undergraduate and MBA students at Cornell University, Fordham University and the University of Delaware. He currently offers courses in organizational behavior and groups, teams and leadership.


  • Ph.D. in organizational behavior, Cornell University, 2012
  • M.S. in organizational behavior, Cornell University, 2009
  • B.A. in psychology, State University of New York at Oswego, 2006

Select Publications

  • Norder, K., Emich, K.J., & Sawhey, A. (2018). Evaluating the interdisciplinary mission of Small Group Research using computational analytics. Small Group Research, 49, 391-408.
  • Emich, K.J., & Lu, L. (2017). He thought, she thought: The importance of subjective patterns to understanding team processes. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 38, 152-156.”
  • Emich, K.J., & Wright, T.A. (2016). The ‘I’s in team: The importance of individual members to team success. Organizational Dynamics, 45, 2-10.
  • Menon, T., Shea, C.T., Smith, E.B., & Emich, K.J. (2015.) The affective antecedents of cognitive social network activation. Social Networks 43, 91-99.
  • Emich, K.J. (2014). Who’s bringing the donuts: The role of affective patterns in group decision making. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 124, 122-132.
  • Williams, M. & Emich, K.J. (2014). The experience of failed humor: Implications for interpersonal affect regulation. Journal of Business and Psychology, 29, 651-668.
  • Emich, K.J. (2014). A social cognitive investigation of intragroup motivation: Transpersonal efficacy, effort allocation, and helping. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 18, 203-221.
  • Vincent, L.C., Emich, K.J., & Goncalo, J.A. (2013). Stretching the moral gray zone: Positive affect, moral disengagement and dishonesty. Psychological Science, 24, 595-599.
  • McClean, E., Martin, S.R., Emich, K.J., & Woodruff, T. The social consequences of voice: An examination of voice type and gender on leader emergence. Accepted at the Academy of Management Journal.
  • Emich, K.J. & Pyone, J.S. Let it go: Positive affect attenuates sunk cost bias by enhancing cognitive flexibility. Accepted at the Journal of Consumer Psychology.

Curriculum Vitae

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