Blake Ashforth

Professor/Horace Steele Arizona Heritage Chair
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
4006
Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
4006

Biography

Blake Ashforth joined the W. P. Carey School of Business in 1996.

Ashforths research interest focuses on how organizations and individuals affect each other; on newcomer socialization and work adjustment, including how newcomers find meaning and a sense of identity in their work and workplaces; and on what organizations can do to ease their transition to work. Ashforth also investigates why things often go wrong in organizations, from corporate corruption to job burnout. His most recent research explores how individuals find dignity in stigmatized occupations and the importance of respect to employees.

Before joining W. P. Carey, Ashforth was an associate professor of management at Concordia University. He received his bachelors degree in communication and PhD from the University of Toronto.

Ashforth has served as an associate editor for the Academy of Management Review and Organization Science. He recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management.

 

Education

PhD  University of Toronto

Bachelors  University of Toronto

Research Interests

  • Identity and Identification in Organizations
  • Newcomer Socialization and Work Adjustment
  • Dysfunctions of Organizations
  • Dirty Work

Publications

Books:

Pratt, M.G., Schultz, M., Ashforth, B.E., & Ravasi, D. (Eds.) (2016). Oxford Handbook of Organizational Identity. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Ashforth, B.E. (2001). Role Transitions in Organizational Life: An Identity-Based Perspective. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

 

Refereed Publications:

  • Rogers, K.M., & Ashforth, B.E. (2017). Respect in organizations: Feeling valued as “we” and “me.” Journal of Management, in press.
  • Rogers, K.M., Corley, K.G., & Ashforth, B.E. (2017). Seeing more than orange: Organizational respect and positive identity transformation in a prison context. Administrative Science Quarterly, in press.
  • Ashforth, B.E. (2016). Exploring identity and identification in organizations: Time for some course corrections. Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies, 23, 361-373. [Invited]
  • Ashforth, B.E., Schinoff, B.S., & Rogers, K.M. (2016). “I identify with her,” “I identify with him”: Unpacking the dynamics of personal identification in organizations. Academy of Management Review, 41, 28-60.
  • Lin, C.-P., He, H., Baruch, Y., & Ashforth, B.E. (2016). The effect of team affective tone on team performance: The roles of team identification and team cooperation. Human Resource Management, in press.
  • Christoforou, P.S., & Ashforth, B.E. (2015). Revisiting the debate on the relationship between display rules and performance: Considering the explicitness of display rules. Journal of Applied Psychology, 100, 249-261.
  • Galvin, B.M., Lange, D., & Ashforth, B.E. (2015). Narcissistic organizational identification: Seeing oneself as central to the organization’s identity. Academy of Management Review, 40, 163-181.
  • Humphrey, R.H., Ashforth B.E., & Diefendorff, J.M. (2015). The bright side of emotional labor. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 36, 749-769. [Point-counterpoint debate]
  • Ashforth, B.E., & Kreiner, G.E. (2014). Contextualizing dirty work: The neglected role of cultural, historical, and demographic context. Journal of Management & Organization, 20, 423-440. [Invited]
  • Ashforth, B.E., & Kreiner, G.E. (2014). Dirty work and dirtier work: Differences in countering physical, social, and moral stigma. Management and Organization Review, 10, 81-108. [Invited]
  • Ashforth, B.E., & Reingen, P.H. (2014). Functions of dysfunction: Managing the dynamics of an organizational duality in a natural food cooperative. Administrative Science Quarterly, 59, 474-516.
  • Ashforth, B.E., Rogers, K.M., Pratt, M.G., & Pradies, C. (2014). Ambivalence in organizations: A multilevel approach. Organization Science, 25, 1453-1478.
  • O’Leary-Kelly, A.M., Henderson, K.E., Anand, V., & Ashforth, B.E. (2014). Psychological contracts in a nontraditional industry: Exploring the implications for psychological contract development. Group & Organization Management, 39, 326-360.
  • Ashforth, B.E., Joshi, M., Anand, V., & O’Leary-Kelly, A.M. (2013). Extending the expanded model of organizational identification to occupations. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43, 2426-2448.
  • Nifadkar, S., Tsui, A.S., & Ashforth, B.E. (2012). The way you make me feel and behave: Supervisor triggered newcomer affect and approach-avoidance behavior. Academy of Management Journal, 55, 1146-1168.
  • Sluss, D.M., Ashforth, B.E., & Gibson, K.R. (2012). The search for meaning in (new) work: Task significance and newcomer plasticity. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 81, 199-208.
  • Sluss, D.M., Ployhart, R.E., Cobb, M.G., & Ashforth, B.E. (2012). Generalizing newcomer’s relational and organizational identifications: Processes and prototypicality. Academy of Management Journal, 55, 949-975.
  • Ashforth, B.E., Rogers, K.M., & Corley, K.G. (2011). Identity in organizations: Exploring cross-level dynamics. Organization Science, 22, 1144-1156. [Invited]
  • Harrison, S.H., Sluss, D.M., & Ashforth, B.E. (2011). Curiosity adapted the cat: The role of trait curiosity in newcomer adaptation. Journal of Applied Psychology, 96, 211-220.
  • Ashforth, B.E., Gioia, D.A., Robinson, S.L., & Treviño, L.K. (2008). Re-viewing organizational corruption. Academy of Management Review, 33, 670-684. [Introduction to the special issue on organizational corruption]
  • Ashforth, B.E., Harrison, S.H., & Corley, K.G. (2008). Identification in organizations: An examination of four fundamental questions. Journal of Management, 34, 325-374. [Invited]
  • Ashforth, B.E., Kulik, C.T., & Tomiuk, M.A. (2008). How service agents manage the person-role interface. Group & Organization Management, 33, 5-45.
  • Johnson, S.A., & Ashforth, B.E. (2008). Externalization of employment in a service environment: The role of organizational and customer identification. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 29, 287-309.
  • Sluss, D.M., & Ashforth, B.E. (2008). How relational and organizational identification converge: Processes and conditions. Organization Science, 19, 807-823.
  • Ashforth, B.E., Kreiner, G.E., Clark, M.A., & Fugate, M. (2007). Normalizing dirty work: Managerial tactics for countering occupational taint. Academy of Management Journal, 50, 149-174.
  • Ashforth, B.E., Sluss, D.M., & Saks, A.M. (2007). Socialization tactics, proactive behavior, and newcomer learning: Integrating socialization models. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 70, 447-462.
  • Sluss, D.M., & Ashforth, B.E. (2007). Relational identity and identification: Defining ourselves through work relationships. Academy of Management Review, 32, 9-32.
  • Ashforth, B.E., & Fugate, M. (2006). Attributional style in work settings: Development of a measure. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 12(3), 12-29.
  • Kreiner, G.E., Ashforth, B.E., & Sluss, D.M. (2006). Identity dynamics in occupational dirty work: Integrating social identity and system justification perspectives. Organization Science, 17, 619-636.
  • Ashforth, B.E. (2005). Becoming vanilla pudding: How we undermine our passion for research. Journal of Management Inquiry, 14, 400-403. [Invited]
  • Anand, V., Ashforth, B.E., & Joshi, M. (2004). Business as usual: The acceptance and perpetuation of corruption in organizations. Academy of Management Executive, 18(2), 39-53.
  • Fugate, M., Kinicki, A.J., & Ashforth, B.E. (2004). Employability: A psycho-social construct, its dimensions, and applications. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 65, 14-38.
  • Kreiner, G.E., & Ashforth, B.E. (2004). Evidence toward an expanded model of organizational identification. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 25, 1-27.
  • Ashforth, B.E., & Kreiner, G.E. (2002). Normalizing emotion in organizations: Making the extraordinary   seem ordinary. Human Resource Management Review, 12, 215-235. [Invited]
  • Ashforth, B.E., & Vaidyanath, D. (2002). Work organizations as secular religions. Journal of Management Inquiry, 11, 359-370. [Invited]
  • Saks, A.M., & Ashforth, B.E. (2002). Is job search related to employment quality? It all depends on the fit. Journal of Applied Psychology, 87, 646-654.
  • Terrion, J.L., & Ashforth, B.E. (2002). From “I” to “we”: The role of putdown humor and identity in the development of a temporary group. Human Relations, 55, 55-88.
  • Mael, F.A., & Ashforth, B.E. (2001). Identification in work, war, sports, and religion: Contrasting the benefits and risks. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 31, 197-222.
  • Albert, S., Ashforth, B.E., & Dutton, J.E. (2000). Organizational identity and identification: Charting new waters and building new bridges. Academy of Management Review, 25, 13-17. [Introduction to the special issue on organizational identity and identification]
  • Ashforth, B.E., Kreiner, G.E., & Fugate, M. (2000). All in a day’s work: Boundaries and micro role transitions. Academy of Management Review, 25, 472-491.
  • Ashforth, B.E., & Saks, A.M. (2000). Personal control in organizations: A longitudinal investigation with newcomers. Human Relations, 53, 311-339.
  • Humphrey, R.H., & Ashforth, B.E. (2000). Buyer-supplier alliances in the automobile industry: How exit-voice strategies influence interpersonal relationships. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 21, 713-730.
  • Saks, A.M., & Ashforth, B.E. (2000). Change in job search behaviors and employment outcomes. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 56, 277-287.
  • Saks, A.M., & Ashforth, B.E. (2000). The role of dispositions, entry stressors, and behavioral plasticity theory in predicting newcomers’ adjustment to work. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 21, 43-62.
  • Ashforth, B.E. (1999).  Leadership as an embedded process: Some insights from Sayles’ Managerial behavior. Leadership Quarterly, 10, 21-24. [Invited]
  • Ashforth, B.E., & Kreiner, G.E. (1999). “How can you do it?”: Dirty work and the challenge of constructing a positive identity. Academy of Management Review, 24, 413-434.
  • Saks, A.M., & Ashforth, B.E. (1999). Effects of individual differences and job search behaviors on the employment status of recent university graduates. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 54, 335-349.
  • Ashforth, B.E., Saks, A.M., & Lee, R.T. (1998). Socialization and newcomer adjustment: The role of organizational context. Human Relations, 51, 897-926.
  • Bourassa, L., & Ashforth, B.E. (1998). You are about to party Defiant style: Socialization and identity onboard an Alaskan fishing boat. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 27, 171-196.
  • Ashforth, B.E. (1997). Petty tyranny in organizations: A preliminary examination of antecedents and consequences. Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, 14, 126-140.
  • Ashforth, B.E., & Humphrey, R.H. (1997). The ubiquity and potency of labeling in organizations. Organization Science, 8, 43-58.
  • Ashforth, B.E., & Lee, R.T. (1997).  Burnout as a process: Commentary on Cordes, Dougherty and Blum. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 18, 703-708. [Invited]
  • Ashforth, B.E., Saks, A.M., & Lee, R.T. (1997). On the dimensionality of Jones’ (1986) measures of organizational socialization tactics. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 5, 200-214.
  • Saks, A.M., & Ashforth, B.E. (1997). A longitudinal investigation of the relationships between job information sources, applicant perceptions of fit, and work outcomes. Personnel Psychology, 50, 395-426.
  • Saks, A.M., & Ashforth, B.E. (1997). Organizational socialization: Making sense of the past and present as a prologue for the future. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 51, 234-279. [Invited]
  • Saks, A.M., & Ashforth, B.E. (1997). Socialization tactics and newcomer information acquisition. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 5, 48-61.
  • Ashforth, B.E., & Saks, A.M. (1996). Socialization tactics: Longitudinal effects on newcomer adjustment. Academy of Management Journal, 39, 149-178.
  • Fried, Y., Naughton, T.J., Tiegs, R.B., & Ashforth, B.E. (1996). Managers’ reactions to a corporate merger: A test of an integrative model. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 17, 401-427.
  • Lee, R.T., & Ashforth, B.E. (1996). A meta-analytic examination of the correlates of the three dimensions of burnout. Journal of Applied Psychology, 81, 123-133.
  • Saks, A.M., & Ashforth, B.E. (1996). Proactive socialization and behavioral self-management. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 48, 301-323.
  • Saks, A.M., Mudrack, P.E., & Ashforth, B.E. (1996). The relationship between the work ethic, job attitudes, intentions to quit, and turnover for temporary service employees. Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, 13, 226-236.
  • Ashforth, B.E., & Humphrey, R.H. (1995). Emotion in the workplace: A reappraisal. Human Relations, 48, 97-125.
  • Designated by Human Relations as one of three “classic papers” of the 1990s.
  • Ashforth, B.E., & Saks, A.M.  (1995). Work-role transitions: A longitudinal examination of the Nicholson model. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 68, 157-175.
  • Mael, F.A., & Ashforth, B.E. (1995). Loyal from day one: Biodata, organizational identification, and turnover among newcomers. Personnel Psychology, 48, 309-333.
  • Ashforth, B. (1994). Petty tyranny in organizations. Human Relations, 47, 755-778.
  • Ashforth, B.E. (1993). Political and apolitical action: Toward a reconciliation of contradictory models of organizational behavior. International Journal of Organizational Analysis, 1, 363-384.
  • Ashforth, B.E., & Humphrey, R.H. (1993). Emotional labor in service roles: The influence of identity. Academy of Management Review, 18, 88-115.
  • Lee, R.T., & Ashforth, B.E. (1993). A further examination of managerial burnout: Toward an integrated model. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 14, 3-20.
  • Lee, R.T., & Ashforth, B.E. (1993). A longitudinal study of burnout among supervisors and managers: Comparisons between the Leiter and Maslach (1988) and Golembiewski et al. (1986) models. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 54, 369-398.
  • Ashforth, B.E. (1992). The perceived inequity of systems. Administration & Society, 24, 375-408.
  • Mael, F., & Ashforth, B.E. (1992). Alumni and their alma mater: A partial test of the reformulated model of organizational identification. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 13, 103-123.
  • •Reprinted in 2009 Virtual Special Issue as one of “JOB’s Most Influential Articles.”
  • Ashforth, B.E. (1991). The whys and wherefores of organizational Catch-22s: Common types and their implications for organization development. Public Administration Quarterly, 14, 457-482.
  • Lee, R.T., & Ashforth, B.E. (1991). Evaluating two burnout models among supervisors and managers in a public welfare setting. Journal of Health and Human Resources Administration, 13, 508-527. [Invited]
  • Lee, R.T., & Ashforth, B.E. (1991). Work-unit structure and processes and job-related stressors as predictors of managerial burnout. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 21, 1831-1847.
  • Ashforth, B.E. (1990). The organizationally induced helplessness syndrome: A preliminary model. Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, 7(3), 30-36.
  • Ashforth, B.E., & Gibbs, B.W. (1990). The double-edge of organiza­tional legitimation. Organization Science, 1, 177-194.
  • Ashforth, B.E., & Lee, R.T. (1990). Defensive behavior in organizations: A preliminary model. Human Relations, 43, 621-648.
  • Lee, R.T., & Ashforth, B.E. (1990). On the meaning of Maslach’s three dimensions of burnout. Journal of Applied Psychology, 75, 743-747.
  • Osborn, R.N., & Ashforth, B.E. (1990). Investigating the challenges to senior leadership in complex, high-risk technologies. Leadership Quarterly, 1, 147-163. [Invited]
  • Ashforth, B.E. (1989). The experience of powerlessness in organizations. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 43, 207‑242.
  • Ashforth, B.E., & Lee, R.T. (1989). The perceived legitimacy of managerial influence: A twenty-five year comparison. Journal of Business Ethics, 8, 231-242.
  • Ashforth, B.E., & Mael, F. (1989). Social identity theory and the organization. Academy of Management Review, 14, 20‑39.
  • Ashforth, B.E., & Fried, Y. (1988). The mindlessness of organizational behaviors. Human Relations, 41, 305‑329.
  • Ashforth, B.E. (1987). Out of control: Coping with a lack of power on the job. Canadian Library Journal, 44, 425‑427. [Invited]
  • Ashforth, B.E. (1985). Climate formation: Issues and extensions. Academy of Management Review, 10, 837‑847.

 

Courses

Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MGT 792Research
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MGT 792Research
MGT 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MGT 502Org Theory/Behavior
MGT 791Seminar
MGT 792Research
MGT 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MGT 791Seminar
MGT 792Research
MGT 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MGT 502Organization Theory/Behavior
MGT 792Research
MGT 799Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MGT 791Seminar
MGT 792Research
MGT 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
MGT 502Organization Theory/Behavior
MGT 792Research
MGT 799Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
MGT 791Seminar
MGT 792Research
MGT 799Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
MGT 502Organization Theory/Behavior
MGT 791Seminar
MGT 792Research
MGT 799Dissertation
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
MGT 791Seminar
MGT 792Research
MGT 799Dissertation
Fall 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
MGT 502Organization Theory/Behavior
MGT 791Seminar
MGT 792Research
MGT 799Dissertation

Presentations

  • University of Zurich, 2015.
  • INSEAD, 2015, 2004.
  • McGill University, 2015, 1988.
  • University of South Australia, 2014.
  • Griffith University, 2014.
  • University of Queensland, 2014.
  • The Wharton School, 2014, 2006.

George Washington University, 2014.

  • University of Alberta, 2013.
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2012.
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2012.
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2012.
  • University of Texas, Austin, 2012.
  • University of Southern California, 2011.
  • University of California, Berkeley, 2011.
  • Boston College, 2011.
  • University of Melbourne, 2010.
  • Australian National University, 2010.
  • University of Western Australia, 2010.
  • London Business School, 2010.
  • Rice University, 2010.
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, 2010.
  • York University, 2009.
  • Concordia University, 2009.
  • McMaster University, 2009.
  • Singapore Management University, 2008.
  • University of Utah, 2008.
  • Arizona State University, Department of Marketing, 2008, 1997.
  • Columbia University, 2007.
  • University of Florida, 2007.
  • New York University, 2007, 2005.
  • University of Maryland, 2006.
  • Australian Graduate School of Management (University of New South Wales), 2003.
  • Tulane University, 2002.
  • University of Arizona, 2002.
  • University of Arkansas, 2001.
  • University of British Columbia, 2000.

 

 

Honors/Awards

  • AMR Best Reviewer Award, Academy of Management Review, 2015.
  • JMI Outstanding Scholar Award, Western Academy of Management, 2014.
  • Best Paper Award, Journal of Management, 2013 (for papers with a 5-year track record).
  • Outstanding Faculty Research Award, W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, 2013.
  • Keynote presentation, 2012 biennial meeting of the International Association for Chinese Management Research.
  • Named the Horace Steele Arizona Heritage Chair, Arizona State University, 2009.
  • Best Paper Award, Group & Organization Management, 2009 (for 2008 paper).
  • Outstanding Professor, Doctoral Programs, W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, 2009.
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award, Organization Science, 2008.
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, Working Professional MBA or Masters Programs, W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, 2007.
  • Named the Rusty Lyon Chair, Arizona State University, 2006.
  • Elected to the Fellows Group of the Academy of Management, 2005.
  • Best Paper Award, Academy of Management Executive, 2005 (for 2004 paper).
  • Arizona State University, Department of Management Fellowship, 2004-06.
  • American Express, 2004 (with V. Anand & A. OLeary-Kelly). ($25,000 U.S.)
  • Arizona State University, Department of Management Summer Research Grants, 2003.
  • Most Innovative Session Award, Academy of Management, OB Division, 2002.
  • Arizona State University, Department of Management Summer Research Grants, 2002.
  • Named the Jerry and Mary Ann Chapman Professor in Business, Arizona State University, 2002.
  • Arizona State University, Department of Management and College of Business Summer Research Grants, 2001.
  • Finalist, Best Paper Award, Academy of Management Review, 2001 (for 2000 paper).
  • Named a Deans Council of 100 Distinguished Scholar, College of Business, Arizona State University, 2000.
  • Arizona State University, Department of Management and College of Business Summer Research Grants, 2000.
  • Keynote presentation, 2000 annual meeting of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, OB Division.
  • Arizona State University, Department of Management and College of Business Summer Research Grants, 1999.
  • Australian Research Council, 1998-2001 (with N. Ashkanasy, C. Fisher, & C. H�rtel). ($184,000 Australian)
  • Arizona State University, Department of Management and College of Business Summer Research Grants, 1998.
  • Fonds pour la Formation de Chercheurs et laide a la Recherche, Province of Quebec, 1996-99 (with V.V. Baba, M. Jamal, & G. Johns). ($142,020 Canadian)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, 1996-98. ($60,000 Canadian)
  • Best Paper Award, Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, 1997 (for 1996 paper).
  • Outstanding Referee Award, Journal of Organizational Behavior, 1996.
  • Honourable Mention Award, Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, OB Division, 1996.
  • Pharmaceutical Management Centre, Concordia University, 1995-96. ($10,000 Canadian)
  • Best Paper Award, Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, OB Division, 1995.
  • Fonds pour la Formation de Chercheurs et laide a la Recherche, Province of Quebec, 1990-93. ($39,000 Canadian)
  • Concordia University, Faculty of Commerce and Administration Seed Grant, 1989-90.
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, 198889. ($9,380 Canadian)
  • Concordia University, Faculty of Commerce and Administration Seed Grant, 198788.
  • ANR Pipeline Grant, 198687; Renewed, 198788 (with T. Naughton & Y. Fried). ($15,000 U.S.)
  • Wayne State University, School of Business Administration Seed Grant, 198687.

 

Editorships

Editorial Boards: 

  • Academy of Management Review, 2009-present; 
  • Administrative Science Quarterly, 2015-present
  • Human Relations, 2014-present
  • Oxford Research Review, 2013-present.

Work History

Arizona State University: 1996-present Previous Appointments: Concordia University Wayne State University.