William J. Becker

Associate Professor, MGT-NCR

Academic Area(s)

Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management, Leadership, Emotions

Research and Teaching Interests

Dr. Becker conducts research in emotions in organizations as they related to organizational behavior, turnover, leadership, organizational identification, and human resources management.


  • Ph.D. University of Arizona, 2010
  • M.A. University of Connecticut, 1997
  • B.S. United States Naval Academy, 1989


Waldman, D. A., Ward, M. K., & Becker, W. J. (in press). Neuroscience in Organizational Behavior. Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior.

Conroy, S., Becker, W. J., & Menges, J. (in press). The Meaning of My Feelings Depends on Who I Am: Work-related Identifications Shape Emotion Effects in Organizations. Academy of Management Journal. Press coverage by Business News Daily, Financial Times, Daily Mail, Human Resources, Jobs & Hire, Phys Org, among others.

Massaro, S., Cropanzano, R, & Becker, W. J. (in press). Deontic justice and organizational neuroscience. Journal of Business Ethics.

Boswell, W. R., Olson-Buchanan, J., Butts, M., & Becker, W. J. (2016). Managing after-hours electronic work communications. Organizational Dynamics, 45, 291-297.

Butts, M., Becker, W. J., & Boswell, W. R. (2015) Hot buttons and time sinks: The effects of electronic communication during nonwork time on emotions and work-nonwork conflict. Academy of Management Journal, 58, 763-788. Press coverage by Fox News, U.S. News & World Report, Esquire, TIME, NPR, ABC New Radio, Business News Daily, Psych Central, Popular Mechanics, among others.

Becker, W. J., & Cropanzano, R. (2015). Good acting requires a good cast: A meso-level model of deep acting in work teams. Journal of Organizational Behavior. 36, 232-249.

Becker, W. J., Volk, S., & Ward, M. K. (2015). Leveraging neuroscience for smarter approaches to workplace intelligence. Human Resources Management Review. 25, 56-67. Press coverage by Wall Street Journal.

Ashkanasy, N. M., Becker, W. J., & Waldman, D.A. (2014). Neuroscience and organizational behavior: Avoiding both neuro-euphoria and neuro-phobia. Journal of Organizational Behavior. 35, 909-919.

Volk, S., & Becker, W. J., (2014). How insights from neuroeconomics can inform organizational research: The case of prosocial organizational behavior. Schmalenbach Business Review, Special Issue 5/14, 65-86.

Cropanzano, R, & Becker, W. J. (2013). The promise and peril of organizational neuroscience: Today and tomorrow. Journal of Management Inquiry. 22, 306-310.

Becker, W. J. & Menges, J. (2013). Biological implicit measures in HRM and OB: A question of how not if. Human Resources Management Review, 23, 219-228.

Becker, W. J., Cropanzano, R., & Sanfey, A. (2011). Organizational neuroscience: Taking organizational theory inside the neural black box. Journal of Management, 37, 333-361.

Becker, W. J., & Cropanzano, R. (2011). Dynamic aspects of voluntary turnover: An integrated approach to curvilinearity in the performance-turnover relationship. Journal of Applied Psychology, 96, 233-246.

Becker, W. J., Connolly, T., & Slaughter, J. E. (2010). The effect of job offer timing on job acceptance, performance, and turnover. Personnel Psychology, 63, 223-241.

Becker, W. J., & Cropanzano, R. (2010). Organizational neuroscience: Prospects and promise of an emerging discipline. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 31, 1055-1059. Incubator section.

Positions Held

  • 2016 - Present: Associate Professor of Management, Virginia Tech
  • 2010 - 2016: Assistant Professor of Management, Texas Christian University


William Becker is an Associate Professor of management at the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech. He received his PhD from the University of Arizona. His work has appeared in top journals including Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, and Personnel Psychology. His work has received press coverage in Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Huffington Post, U.S. News, TIME, Business News Daily, Esquire, Yahoo! News, NPR, ABC News Radio, Psych Central, Popular Mechanics, among others. His research interests include work emotion, turnover, organizational neuroscience, and leadership.