Associate Professor, Department of Management | The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business
Austin, TX, US
Understanding how to keep employees engaged in the workplace, especially during organizational change
Areas of Expertise (4)
Industry Expertise (2)
Dr. Caroline Bartel is an associate professor in the department of Management. Her research and teaching focus on sustaining employee engagement in the workplace, particularly in organizations and professions undergoing change.
Dr. Bartel has studied how organizations in various industries (e.g., consulting, consumer products, news publishing, and broadcasting, pharmaceuticals, and telecommunications) can maintain the motivation, performance, and commitment of employees during times of organizational growth as well as decline (layoffs and downsizing). She has examined an array of change initiatives, such as corporate citizenship and community outreach, virtual work and telecommuting, and organizational restructuring (e.g., implementing self-managed teams).
Her current projects focus on how organizations facing threat and uncertainty manage their identity and culture, and the subsequent impact on individual and group effectiveness (e.g., productivity, learning, and innovation).
Dr. Bartel teaches to diverse audiences, having designed undergraduate and graduate courses, and executive training seminars at the University of Michigan, New York University, and UT Austin. Her courses focus on how individual and group behavior are shaped by structural, social, and political forces within organizations.
David Wenger, Director of Communications | McCombs School of Business
Caroline Bartel knows better than anyone how to keep employees motivated and committed during times of turmoil and change. Her research on the current workplace--such as virtual work and telecommuting--is insightful and useful.
The University of Michigan: Ph.D., Organizational Psychology 1998
The University of Michigan: M.A., Organizational Psychology 1996
State University of New York at Stony Brook: B.A., Psychology 1992
Media Appearances (2)
Why Off-Site Employees Feel Virtually Disconnected
Texas Enterprise | Big Ideas in Business online
The evolution of communications technology has made it easy for companies to connect with employees even when they aren’t at the office. But despite the conveniences of telecommuting, video conferencing, and cloud computing, the potential downsides of the virtual workplace often go overlooked.
Battle Tested: Texas MBAs Lead as Soldiers, Civilians
McCombs Today online
At its most fundamental level a military organization is a team. This basic tenet underpins the strong sense of mission that drives progress in the military. Caroline Bartel, who researches organizational identification processes, says that the function of a company mission is to clarify goals in such a way that employees will invest their time and energy in the right activities.
Event Appearances (5)
Centripetal and Centrifugal Social Forces: Toward a Theory of Relational Structure and Team Identification.
Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management Philadelphia, PA
(Mis)Reading the Emotional Compositions of Collectives: Emotional Aperture and Transformational Leadership
Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management Orlando, FL
Remoteness as a Resource: The Impact of Virtual Work on Job Crafting
Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management Orlando, FL
The Structure and Character(s) of Relationship Conflict: Network Tie Configurations Matter in Teams
Annual INGRoup Conference Minneapolis, MN
When Does Voice Prompt Action? Constructing Ideas that Trigger Attention, Importance and Feasibility
Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management Montreal, Canada
Listing of top scholarly works by Caroline Bartel.
Academy of Management Journal
Soliciting and incorporating employee voice is essential to organizational performance, yet some managers display a strong aversion to improvement-oriented input from subordinates.
Academy of Management Review
This article focuses on how the changing nature of work and working today elicits prototype ambiguity in groups—a shared perception among group members that the attributes, attitudes, and actions that define and describe the typical group member are unclear.
This research investigates the relationship between virtual employees' degree of physical isolation and their perceived respect in the organization. Respect is an identity-based status perception that reflects the extent to which one is included and valued as a member of the organization. We hypothesize that the degree of physical isolation is negatively associated with virtual employees' perceived respect and that this relationship explains the lower organizational identification among more physically isolated virtual employees.
Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management
The article discusses the notion of employee voice in the context of the characteristics of the ideas that employees convey. It explores how factors such as perceived importance and feasibility predispose managers to take action on issues that have caught their attention and to identify characteristics of the ideas associated with those perceptions. Ways in which employees can more effectively sell their ideas by constructing and presenting them to lead managers to take action are explored.
Sustaining innovation is a vital yet difficult task. Innovation requires the coordinated efforts of
many actors to facilitate) the recombination of ideas to generate novelty, real-time
problem solving, and linkages between present innovation efforts with past ...