Although organizations often hope to achieve positive outcomes by having people work together, problems with trust and motivation are two reasons for why individuals in groups do not reach their potential. My research seeks to better understand how the social context can be structured to help facilitate positive outcomes when people work with one another. Specifically, my research generally examines how factors in the social setting influence: (1) task motivation and performance, and (2) how trust is formed, and repaired if broken.
- Emotion, Mood, Affect
- Group Processes
- Helping, Prosocial Behavior
- Intergroup Relations
- Interpersonal Processes
- Judgment and Decision Making
- Motivation, Goal Setting
- Organizational Behavior
- Loyd, D. L., Wang, C. S., Phillips, K. W., & Lount, R. B., Jr. (In Press). Social category diversity promotes pre-meeting elaboration: The role of relationship focus. Organization Science.
- Lount, R. B., Jr. (2010). The impact of positive mood on trust in interpersonal and intergroup interactions. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 98(3), 420-433.
- Lount, R. B., Jr., & Pettit, N. C. (2012). The social context of trust: The role of status. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 117, 15-23.
- Lount, R. B., Jr., Zhong, C., Sivanathan, N., & Murnighan, J. K. (2008). Getting off on the wrong foot: The timing of a breach and the restoration of trust. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 1601-1612.
- Lount, R. B., Jr., Park, E. S., Kerr, N. L, Messé, L. A., & Seok, D. (2008). Evaluation concerns and the Köhler effect: The impact of physical presence on motivation gains. Small Group Research, 39, 795-812.
- Lount, R. B., Jr., & Phillips, K. W. (2007). Working harder with the out-group: The impact of social category diversity on motivation gains. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 103, 214-224.
- Kerr, N. L., Messé, L. A., Seok, D., Sambolec, E., Lount, R. B., Jr., & Park, E. S. (2007). Psychological mechanisms underlying the Köhler motivation gain. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 33, 828-841.
- Messé, L. A., Hertel, G., Kerr, N. L., Lount, R. B., Jr., & Park, E. S. (2002). Knowledge of partner’s ability as a moderator of group motivation gains: An exploration of the Köhler discrepancy effect. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 82, 935-946.
- Pettit, N. C., & Lount, R. B., Jr. (2010). Looking down and ramping up: The impact of status differences on effort in intergroup contexts. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46(1), 9-20.
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Robert B. Lount, Jr.
Fisher College of Business
Ohio State University
720 Fisher Hall, 2100 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210