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Shelley Brickson

Associate Professor

Department of Managerial Studies


Building & Room:

UH 2229


601 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60607

Office Phone:

(312) 613-0626

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Shelley Brickson


Shelley Brickson is an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received an M.A. in psychology and Ph.D in organizational behavior from Harvard University as well as a B.A. in psychology from Carleton College. She was also a Fellow at Harvard’s Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations. Before UIC, Shelley was an Assistant Professor at London Business School. Shelley’s overarching phenomenon of interest is how organizations can serve as sources of well-being for members and other stakeholders, an interest that has led her to explore multiple levels of analysis and literatures. Much of her work addresses the role of identity in promoting (or inhibiting) positive relationships and ultimately, well-being. She is interested in identity at both the individual and organizational levels and in relationship dynamics between individuals, groups, organizations and members, and organizations and stakeholders. Some of the lenses she has used to explore well-being include social value, positive outgroup attitudes, and justice. Shelley’s work has been featured in top journals including Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, and Administrative Science Quarterly. Shelley currently serves as an AE at Academy of Management Review. She has also had the pleasure of serving on the Executive Committee for the Managerial and Organizational Cognition (MOC) Division of AOM and on the Editorial Boards of Organization Science, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and on Special Issues of Academy of Management Review.

Selected Publications

  • Bundy, J., Shipp, A. & Brickson, S. (randomized) (2022). From the Editor: Demystifying and normalizing the psychological experience of writing for AMR: A qualitative analysis of the highs, lows, and suggested coping strategies. Academy of Management Review, 47(3): 341-357.
  • Amis, J. Brickson, S., Haak, P., and Hernandez, M. (2021). From the Editor: Taking inequality seriously. Academy of Management Review, 46(3): 431-439.
  • Ashforth, B. A., Schinoff, B. S. & Brickson, S. L. (2020 –lead article). “My company is friendly,” “Mine’s a rebel”: Anthropomorphism and shifting organizational identity from “what” to “who.” Academy of Management Review. 45(1); 29-57.
  • Besharov, M. L. & Brickson, S. L. (2016). Unpacking the relationships between institutional forces and organizational identities. In B. E. Ashforth, M. G. Pratt, D. Ravasi & M. Schultz (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Organizational Identity. Oxford University Press, New York, NY. 396-414.
  • Brickson, S. L & Masterson, C. R. (UIC doctoral student) (2013). Cognitive dissonance theory. In E. H. Kessler (Ed.). Encyclopedia of management theory. Sage Publications.
  • Brickson, S. L. (2013). Athletes, best friends, and social activists: An integrative model accounting for the role of identity in organizational identification. Organization Science. 24, 226-245.
  • Harquail, C.V. & Brickson, S. L. (2012). The defining role of organizational identity for facilitating stakeholder flourishing: A map for future research. In K.S. Cameron and G.M. Spreitzer (Eds.), Oxford handbook of positive organizational scholarship. Oxford University Press. London. 677-690.
  • Brickson, S.L. (2011). Confessions of a job crafter: How we can increase the passion within and the impact of our profession. Journal of Management Inquiry, 20(2), 197-201.
  • Brickson, S. L. & Lemmon, G. (UIC doctoral student) (2009). Organizational identity as a stakeholder resource. J. E. Dutton and L. M. Roberts (Eds.), Exploring positive identities and organizations: Building a theoretical and research foundation. Psychology Press, New York, (pp. 411-434).
  • Brickson, S. L. (2008). Reassessing the standard: The positive expansive potential of a relational identity in diverse organizations. Journal of Positive Psychology. 3, 40-54.
  • Brickson, S. L. (2007). Organizational identity orientation: The genesis of the role of the firm and distinct forms of social value. Academy of Management Review. 32, 864-888.
  • Brickson, S. L. (2005). Organizational identity orientation: Forging a link between organizational identity and organizations’ relations with stakeholders. Administrative Science Quarterly, 50, 576-609.
  • Brickson, S. L., & Brewer, M. B. (2001). Identity orientation and intergroup relations in organizations. In M.A. Hogg and D.J. Terry (Eds.), Social identity processes in organizational contexts: Psychology Press, Philadelphia, (pp. 49-66).
  • Brickson, S. L. (2000). The impact of identity orientation on individual and organizational outcomes in demographically diverse settings. Academy of Management Review, 25, 82-101.
  • Brickson, S. L. (2000). Exploring identity: Where are we now? Academy of Management Review, 25, 147-148.

Professional Leadership

Associate Editor, Academy of Management Review (2020 - present)

Editorial Review Board, Organization Science (2013 - present)

Rep-at-Large, Managerial and Organizational Cognition AOM Division (2010 - 2013)

Editorial Review Board, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (2008 - 2010)

Notable Honors

Various teaching awards, including Favorite Corporate MBA Professor (2018) and Favorite MBA Professor (2011), CBA


Harvard University. Cambridge, MA
Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior

Harvard University. Cambridge, MA
Doctoral Fellow at Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Kennedy School of Government

Harvard University. Cambridge, MA
M.A. in psychology

Carleton College. Northfield, MN
B.A. in psychology. Magna cum laude. Distinction in Psychology Department.