Jessica A. Kennedy

Jessica A. Kennedy

Assistant Professor of Management

Research Interests/Areas of Expertise

Power and Status, Ethics, Gender

Subject Areas

Organization Studies


An award-winning researcher and teacher, Jessica Kennedy studies hierarchies and gender in work organizations. Her research has been covered by news outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Businessweek, Fast Company, New York Magazine, and Time.  She teaches the core Leading Teams and Organizations course and an elective on Negotiation for the MBA program.  Prior to entering academia, Kennedy worked in investment banking in New York and San Francisco.

Awards & Accomplishments

Kennedy was named one of the Best 40 Under 40 Professors by Poets and Quants in 2018 and is a Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Dean's Faculty Fellow. Previously, she received the Best Article Award from Business Ethics Quarterly (2016), the Research Productivity Award at Owen (2017), and won the INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Competition (2011).  Kennedy serves on the Editorial Board of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.


Kennedy has published in top academic outlets such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, as well as top practitioner outlets such as Harvard Business Review and the California Management Review.  

Research Interests

Kennedy's research focuses on hierarchies and on gender. The first line of research examines how and why hierarchies dysfunction. The second line of research explores how gender impacts career and negotiation outcomes.  Kennedy's work has contributed knowledge of how hierarchical position and gender impact people's identities, with implications for their ethical behavior.


PhD, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, 2012

BS, summa cum laude, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 2004

Select Publications


Rank and PD

Kennedy, J. A., & Anderson, C. (2017). Hierarchical rank and principled dissent: How holding higher rank suppresses objection to unethical practices. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 139, 30-49.

Moral identity

 Kennedy, J. A., Kray, L. J., & Ku, G. (2017). A social-cognitive approach to understanding gender differences in negotiator ethics: The role of moral identity. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 138, 28-44.  

ASQ - PC norms

Goncalo, J. A., Chatman, J. A., Duguid, M. M., & Kennedy, J. A. (2015). Creativity from constraint? How the political correctness norm influences creativity in mixed-sex work groups. Administrative Science Quarterly, 60, 1-30.


Gender ROB

 Kennedy, J. A., & Kray, L. J. (2015). A pawn in someone else's game? The cognitive, motivational, and paradigmatic barriers to women's excelling in negotiation. Research in Organizational Behavior, 35, 3-28.

Dignity BEQ paper

Kennedy, J. A., Kim, T. W., & Strudler, A. (2016). Hierarchies and dignity: A Confucian communitarian approach. Business Ethics Quarterly, 26, 479-502.

JBE - Mindsets and deception

Haselhuhn, M. P., Kray, L. J., Schweitzer, M. E., & Kennedy, J. A. (in press). Perceptions of high integrity can persist after deception: How implicit beliefs moderate trust erosion. Journal of Business Ethics.



OBHDP - Gender and deception

Kray, L. J., Kennedy, J. A., & Van Zant, A. B. (2014). Not competent enough to know the difference? Gender stereotypes about women’s ease of being misled predict negotiator deception. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 125, 61-72.

JESP - Gender and trust

Haselhuhn, M. P., Kennedy, J. A., Kray, L. J., Van Zant, A., & Schweitzer, M. E. (2014). Gender differences in trust dynamics: Women trust more than men following a trust violation. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 56, 104-109.

Status and Overconfidence II

Kennedy, J. A., Anderson, C., & Moore, D. M. (2013). When overconfidence is revealed to others: Testing the status-enhancement theory of overconfidence. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 122 (2), 266-279


Gender and ethical compromises

Kennedy, J. A., & Kray, L. J. (2013). Who is willing to sacrifice ethical values for money and social status? Gender differences in reactions to ethical compromises. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5 (1), 52-59.

Status and Overconfidence I

Anderson, C., Brion, S., Moore, D. M., & Kennedy, J. A. (2012). A status-enhancement account of overconfidence. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 103 (4), 718-735.


Micropolitics Chapter

Anderson, C., & Kennedy, J. A. (2012). A micropolitics model of status hierarchies in teams. In E. Mannix & M. Neale (Eds.), Research in managing groups and teams (Vol. 15, pp. 49-80). Bingley, UK: Emerald.

PC Norms chapter RMGT

Chatman, J. A., Goncalo, J. A., Kennedy, J. A., & Duguid, M. M. (2012). Political correctness and group composition: A research agenda. In E. Mannix, & M. Neale (Eds.), Research on managing groups and teams (Vol. 15, pp. 161-183). Bingley, UK: Emerald.

Harvard Leadership Chapter

Chatman, J. A. & Kennedy, J. A. (2010).  Psychological perspectives on leadership.  In N. Nohria, & R. Khurana (Eds.), Leadership: Advancing the discipline (pp. 159-182).  Cambridge, MA: Harvard Business School Publishing.