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Luis Martins - The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business. Austin, TX, US

Luis Martins Luis Martins

Professor and Chair of the Management Department | The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business


Workplace diversity, team dynamics, group decision making, organizational change, and innovation


Areas of Expertise (11)

Organizational Change



Team Performance


Team Dynamics

Global Virtual Work Teams

Group Decision Making

Diversity Management

Work Balance

Workplace Behavior


Luis L. Martins is an educator, researcher and trainer with new insights on workplace factors that impact productivity, creativity and innovation, and satisfaction within organizations. He addresses the impact of diversity within organizations, global virtual teams, workplace culture, team psychology, work balance, individual and team identity, and many other vital organizational topics. At the heart of his studies are questions of how we can work together more effectively, more creatively, and with more satisfaction and mutual trust.

Martins is the chair of the management department, director of the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, and the Juanita Dreibelbis Fellow in Business at the McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin. He serves as the faculty director of the MS in Technology Commercialization program.

Prior to joining UT in January, 2010, he was on the faculty of the College of Management at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the School of Business at the University of Connecticut, and the Stern School of Business at New York University.

His research has appeared in several top management journals, such as Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Organization Science, and has been covered in major newspapers such as the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. In 2009, he won the Journal of Management’s Best Paper Award for his research on the dynamics of virtual teams.

Martins has won several teaching awards, most recently the 2008 Professor of the Program Award from the EMBA program and the 2009 Professor of the Year Award from the Evening MBA program at the Georgia Tech College of Management. His consulting and executive development clients include Accenture, Coca Cola, FBI Crime Labs, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, McKesson, NASA, Powerwave Technologies, and Waffle House.





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Education (4)

New York University - Stern School of Business: Ph.D., Management and Organizational Behaviour, Minor in Information Systems 1997

New York University - Stern School of Business: M.Phil., Management and Organizational Behaviour, Minor in Information Systems 1995

Barkatullah University (formerly Bhopal University): M.Sc., Mathematics 1988

Barkatullah University (formerly Bhopal University): B.Sc., Mathematics and Physics 1986

Media Appearances (1)

Learning to Innovate

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Successful innovation requires a strategy that must be set and driven by a company's leaders.

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Articles (10)

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Organizational Rankings: A Multidisciplinary Review of the Literature and Directions for Future Research Journal of Management


A review of the literature on organizational rankings across management, sociology, education, and law reveals three perspectives on these complex evaluations—rankings are seen as a form of information intermediation, as comparative orderings, or as a means for surveillance and control.

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Gender Diversity Programs, Perceived Potential for Advancement, and Organizational Attractiveness Group and Organization Management


We conducted an experimental study to compare the effects of organization-sponsored gender diversity management programs on women’s evaluations of organizational attractiveness in two countries: the United States and France.

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Racioethnicity, Community Makeup, and Potential Employees' Reactions to Organizational Diversity Management Approaches Journal of Applied Psychology


We draw on the values literature from social psychology and the acculturation literature from cross-cultural psychology to develop and test a theory of how signals about an organization's diversity management (DM) approach affect perceptions of organizational attractiveness among potential employees.

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Unlocking the Hidden Value of Concepts: A Cognitive Approach to Business Model Innovation Strategic Entrepreneruship Journal


We advance a theory of how business models can be innovated proactively in the absence of exogenous changes, through processes of generative cognition.

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Social Exchange from the Supervisor's Perspective: Employee Trustworthiness as a Predictor of Interpersonal and Informational Justice Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes


Using social exchange theory, we argue that because supervisors tend to value employee trustworthiness, they will be more likely to adhere to interpersonal and informational justice rules with trustworthy employees.

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A Model of the Effects of Reputational Rankings on Organizational Change Organization Science


This study develops and tests a model that examines how top managers’ sensemaking of rankings affects organizational change.

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Virtual Teams: What Co We Know and Where Do We Go From Here? Journal of Management


In this paper, we review the research on virtual teams in an effort to assess the state of the literature.

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Moderators of the Relationship Between Work-Family Conflict and Career Satisfaction Academy of Management Journal


In this study, we examined the moderating effects of individual differences and sources of support on the negative relationship between work-family conflict and career satisfaction.

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Explaining Rrganizational Responsiveness to Work-Family Issues: The Role of Human Resource Executives as Issue Interpreters Academy of Management Journal


A multitheoretical approach was used to explore why organizations vary in the degree to which they have adopted policies designed to help employees manage their work and family lives.

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Searching for Common Threads: Understanding the Multiple Effects of Diversity in Organizational Groups Academy of Management Review


In this article, we review and evaluate recent management research on the effects of different types of diversity in group composition at various organizational levels (i.e., boards of directors, top management groups, and organizational task groups) for evidence of common patterns.

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