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William J. Becker

Associate Professor, MGT-NCR
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Northern Virginia Center Rm 350

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


Becker, W. J., Belkin, L.Y., Conroy, S. A., & Tuskey, S., (in press). Killing me softly: Electronic communications monitoring and employee and spouse well-being. Journal of Management.

Sauer, S. J., Rodgers, M. S., & Becker, W.J. (2018). The Effects of Goals and Pay Structure on Managerial Reporting Dishonesty. Journal of Accounting, Ethics & Public Policy, 19, 377-418.

Becker, W. J., Conroy, S., Djurdjevic, E. & Gross, M. (2018) Crying is in the eyes of the beholder: The effects of crying in organizations. Emotion Review, 10, 125-137.

Becker, W. J. & Curhan, J. R. (2018). The dark side of subjective value in sequential negotiations: The mediating role of pride and anger. Journal of Applied Psychology, 103, 74-87.

Becker, W. J., Cropanzano, R., Van Wagoner, P. & Keplinger, K. (2018).  Emotional labor within teams: Outcomes of individual and peer emotional labor on perceived team support, extra-role behaviors, and turnover intentions. Group & Organization Management, 43, 38-71.

Volk, S., Pearsall, M. Christian, M. S., & Becker, W. J. (2017) A theory of chronotype diversity and team performance. Academy of Management Review, 42, 683-702.

Massaro, S., Cropanzano, R, & Becker, W. J. (2017). Deontic justice and organizational neuroscience. Journal of Business Ethics, 144, 733-754.

Waldman, D. A., Ward, M. K., & Becker, W. J. (2017). Neuroscience in organizational behavior.  Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, 4, 425-444.

Conroy, S., Becker, W. J., & Menges, J. (2017). The meaning of my feelings depends on who I am: Work-related identifications shape emotion effects in organizations. Academy of Management Journal, 60, 1071-1093.

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.