Anthony T. Cobb

Assoc. Professor

Academic Area(s):

Organizational Behavior

Research and Teaching Interests:

Teaches courses in organizational behavior. Research interests have focused on organizational Politics and, more recently, organizational justice.

Office Hours:
By Appointment Only


  • Ph.D., University of California at Irvine, 1977
  • M.U.P., Wayne State University, 1975
  • B.A., California State University at Northridge, 1970

Selected Publications:

Lau, R. S. & Cobb, A. T. (2010). Understanding the connections between relationship conflict and performance: the intervening roles of trust and exchange. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 31, 898-917 (authors contributed equally).

Frey, F. & Cobb, A. T. (2010). What matters in social accounts? the roles of account specificity, source expertise, and outcome loss on acceptance. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 40 (5),1203–1234 (authors contributed equally).

Cobb, A. T., Stephens, C., Watson, G. (2001). Beyond Structure: The Role of Social Accounts in Implementing Ideal Control. Human Relations, 54 (9), 1123-1153.

Dorfman, P.; Cobb, A. T.; & Cox, R. (2000). Investigations of sexual harassment allegations: legal means fair — or does it? Human Resource Management, 39, 33-49.

Cobb, A. T., Vest, M., & Hills, F. (1997). Who delivers justice? Source perceptions of procedural fairness. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 27, 1021-1040.

Cobb, A. T. & Frey, F. (1996). The effects of leader fairness and pay outcomes on superior/subordinate relations. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 26, 1401-1426.

Cobb, A. T. (1986). Political diagnosis: applications in organizational development. Academy of Management Review, 11, 482 496.

Cobb, A. T. (1984). An episodic model of power: toward an integration of theory and research, Academy of Management Review, 9, 482 493.

Cobb, A. T. (2006; 2011) Leading project teams: An introduction to the basics of project management and project team leadership (2nd Ed.), Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA.

Cobb, A. T. & Wooten, K. (1998). The role social accounts can plan in a ‘justice intervention.’ In W. Pasmore & R. Woodman (Eds.). Research in organizational change and development. Greenwich, CT: JAI Press, 73-115.

Positions Held:
1985 - Present: Associate Professor of Management, Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech

2000: Visiting Lecturer, Commerce Division, Lincoln University, New Zealand

1986 - 1987: Board Member, Barringer Center

1985 - 1986: Acting Department Head, Department of Management, Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech

1978 - 1984: Assistant Professor of Management, Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech

1982: Visiting Lecturer, Human Resources Group, Northeastern University, Boston MA

1976 - 1978: Assistant Professor of Management, University of Houston at Clear Lake

Selected Honors and Awards:

  • Diggs Teaching Scholar Award, Virginia Tech (2012)
  • Certificate of Teaching Excellence, Virginia Tech (2010)
  • Warren L. Holtzman Outstanding Educator Award (2005, 2010)
  • Outreach Excellence Award: Pamplin College of Business (2008)
  • Chi Omega Sorority’s Teacher of the Year Award: A “grassroots” award given by the Chi