Mary (Molly) Kern is an organizational psychologist whose research broadly follows two streams: negotiation and decision making, and group dynamics. Her work has been published in journals with broad appeal, such as Harvard Business Review, Psychological Science, and Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and also more select quality “niche” journals oriented specifically around the theoretical and practical questions being studied. Her most recent work on bounded ethicality (Ethical learning: Releasing the moral unicorn) was published this past summer and received the 2014 Abraham J. Briloff Prize in Ethics. Prior to joining academe, Professor Kern worked for Deloitte for five years in Chicago, Detroit, and New York in their Audit Assurance Services, Recruiting, and Global HR Strategy groups.
Chugh, D., & Kern, M. (2016). A dynamic and cyclical model of bounded ethicality. Research in Organizational Behavior, 36, 85-100.
Chugh, D., & Kern, M. (2016). Ethical learning: Releasing the moral unicorn. In Palmer, D. A., Greenwood, R., & Smith-Crowe, K. (Ed.), Organizational wrongdoing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Chugh, D., Kern, M., Zhu, Z., Lee, S. (2014). Withstanding moral disengagement: Attachment security as an ethical intervention. Journal of Experimental and Social Psychology, 51, 88-93.
Kern, M., Lee, S., Aytug, Z., Brett, J. (2012). Bridging social distance in inter-cultural negotiations: “You” and the bi-cultural negotiator. International Journal of Conflict Management, 23(1).
Lee, A., Lee, S., Kern, M. (2011). Viewing time through the lens of the self: The fit effect of self-construal and temporal distance on task perception. European Journal of Social Psychology, 41(2), 191-200.
Swaab, R., Kern, M., Diermeier, D., Medvec, V. (2009). Who says what to whom? The impact of communication on social exclusion. Social Cognition, 27(3), 385-401.
Kern, Mary C., & Chugh, Dolly. (2009). Bounded ethicality: The perils of loss framing. Psychological Science, 20(3), 378-384.
Loyd, Denise L., White, Judith, and Kern, Mary C. (2008). Duo status: Disentangling the complex interactions within a minority of two. In Mannix, E. and Neale, M. (Eds.), Research on Managing Groups and Teams (11th edition), pps. 75-92.
Brett, Jeanne M., Behfar, Kristin, and Kern, Mary C. (November 2006). Managing Multicultural Teams, Harvard Business Review.
Kern, Mary C., Brett, Jeanne, and Weingart, Laurie. (2005). Getting the floor: Motive-consistent strategy and individual outcomes in multi-party negotiations. Group Decision and Negotiation, 14(1), 21-41.
Bernard Baruch Presidential Teaching Award, Baruch College, 2016.
Lawrence Zicklin Teaching Award, Baruch College, 2016.
Recipient of the 2014 Abraham J. Briloff Prize in Ethics, Baruch College
2014 Abraham J. Briloff Prizes in Ethics for “Becoming as ethical as we think we are: The ethical learner at work.”
2013 Award for Excellence, Emerald Literati Network. “Bridging social distance in inter-cultural negotiations: “you” and the bi-cultural negotiator” published in International Journal of Conflict Management was chosen as an Outstanding Paper Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence.
2012 Faculty Service Award, Baruch College Alumni Association.
Academy of Management, Organizational Behavior Division, 2009 Making Connections Award for symposium submission “New directions in ethics research: Disentangling the dynamic processes in ethical decision-making”
PSC-CUNY Research Award, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009.
Dispute Resolution Research Center Research Grants, Northwestern University, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007.
Finalist, Best Paper Award 2005, Academy of Management Learning and Education.
Kellogg School of Management Teaching Award, 2003.
Beta Gamma Sigma National Honors Society, Loyola University-Chicago, 2000.