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Organizational Behavior and Business Law

The Organizational Behavior and Business Law area encompasses the study of individuals and groups in organizations, as well as the study of organizations’ role in shaping the economic and social lives of communities. The area is renowned for enabling Gies Business students to become leaders and innovators in their work teams and organizations. Our faculty are interdisciplinary and include experts in creativity, negotiation, innovation, organizational design, industry evolution, and business law.


Faculty research in this area focuses on leadership, teams, power and influence, negotiation, organizational identity, innovation, corporate governance, institutional change, and organizational design, among others. 

Our faculty regularly publish their research findings in the top journals in the field. They also hold leadership positions in the discipline’s professional associations and are on editorial boards for prestigious scholarly journals. Our faculty have been instrumental in shaping the field, and they aspire to continue to have significant impact on the future of research and practice.

Jack Goncalo, OBBL Area Head for BADM

“The Organizational Behavior and Business Law area is on the cutting edge of the latest advances in research and action learning while maintaining a strong sense of community and commitment to collegiality and mutual respect.”

- Jack Goncalo, Organizational Behavior and Business Law Area Chair

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Gies News and Events

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Bertram helping build a bridge for the next generation

Jim Bertram joined Gies as an instructor of finance this fall after spending 32 years in investment banking, working for major firms like Salomon Brothers, Deutsche Bank, Banc of America Securities, and William Blair. He will be teaching Investment Banking (FIN 463) this fall and succeeding Rob Metzger as the director of the Investment Banking Academy in January.

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Torelli: From civil engineer to Gies department head

Carlos Torelli will apply his engineering mindset and marketing expertise to his new role as head of the Department of Business Administration at Gies. “We have a responsibility to give back in academia at a certain point in our careers. I returned to Gies because I knew they would value my skills and my background and give me the opportunity to make an impact."