Carnegie Mellon University

Taya Cohen

Taya R. Cohen

Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory

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Bio

Taya R. Cohen, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, and holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Social and Decision Sciences. She conducts research in the areas of business ethics and conflict management, and is known in particular for her work on moral character in the workplace, and on cooperation and conflict within and between groups. One particularly important finding from her research is the discovery that guilt proneness is a vital attribute of ethical employees and a powerful predictor of employee misconduct. In 2011, Professor Cohen created the Guilt and Shame Proneness (GASP) scale to measure this component of moral character, and several years later, she revised and abbreviated the original scale to make the Five-Item Guilt Proneness scale (GP-5).

Professor Cohen’s research has received international media attention, with coverage from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and BBC News Magazine among other outlets. Her 2014 paper “Moral Character in the Workplace” published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology received the Outstanding Article Award from the International Association for Conflict Management (IACM) in 2016, which honors an article that advances conflict management theory and practice, and which has made a significant and lasting contribution to the field. Her 2010 paper “Shame Proneness and Guilt Proneness: Toward the Further Understanding of Reactions to Public and Private Transgressions” published in the journal Self & Identity received the Best Paper of the Year award from the International Society for Self and Identity. In recognition of her scholarly achievements, the Tepper School of Business awarded Professor Cohen the Xerox Junior Faculty Chair in 2012, and the Carnegie Bosch Junior Faculty Chair in 2015.

Professor Cohen teaches MBA and executive education courses on Negotiations, and on Managing People and Teams, and doctoral seminars on Negotiations and Conflict Management, and on Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences. Outside of Carnegie Mellon University, Professor Cohen teaches negotiation and conflict management seminars for physicians at health care organizations around the country through programs organized by the American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL), and provides negotiation and conflict management training to professional development groups, startup incubators, and other organizations in the Pittsburgh region.

She currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Self & Identity, and serves as an ad hoc referee for a number of other journals owing to her broad research interests and expertise in organizational behavior, business ethics, and social/personality psychology. She was elected President of the International Association for Conflict Management (IACM) in 2019, having previously served as a Representative-at-Large Board Member from 2014-2016. She is currently serving as President-Elect, and will begin a two-year term as President in July 2020.

Prior to joining the faculty at the Carnegie Mellon, Professor Cohen spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Dispute Resolution Research Center at Northwestern University, where she taught Negotiations at the Kellogg School of Management. Professor Cohen earned a B.A. in Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Education

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Ph D (Social Psychology) - 2008
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - MA (Social Psychology) - 2005
  • Pennsylvania State University - BA (Psychology) - 2002

Research

Organizational Behavior; Business Ethics; Social/Personality Psychology; Conflict & Cooperation; Negotiations; Moral Character; Morality & Unethical Behavior; Guilt & Shame; Workplace Deviance; Interpersonal Misconduct

Publications

Working Papers

  • Dyadic Social Influence
    Moral Beacons Project

    (author(s): Brandy Aven, Taya Cohen, Erik Helzer, Alessandro Iorio)

  • Now reverse everything: Using inhibitory control to detect deception

    (author(s): Erin McCormick, Taya Cohen, Karim Kassam)

  • The character lens: Moral character promotes ethical decision-making through moral awareness

    (author(s): Erik Helzer, Taya Cohen, Yeonjeong Kim)

  • An Integrative, Multidimensional Approach to Understanding the Relationship between Individualism-Collectivism and Guilt and Shame

    (author(s): Isaac Young, Taya Cohen, Qian Yang, Daniel Sullivan)

  • A personality perspective on auditing fraud: The effects of agreeableness and honesty-humility

    (author(s): Lily Morse, Taya Cohen)

  • Disentangling embedded ties: How liking and trust influence economic partner selection and fraud

    (author(s): Brandy Aven, Taya Cohen, Jin Wook Chang)

  • The asymmetric reciprocity and stability of counterproductive work behavior and workplace mistreatment

    (author(s): Yeonjeong Kim, Taya Cohen, A. Panter)

  • Work expectations of job seekers

    (author(s): Daniya Kamran-Morley, Taya Cohen)

  • Will you do me a favor? Responding to Favor Requests in the Workplace

    (author(s): Amanda Weirup, Laurie Weingart, Taya Cohen)

Awards and Honors

  • International Association for Conflict Management - Outstanding Article Award (honoring an article that advances conflict management theory and practice, and which has made a significant and lasting contribution to the field over the previous two years) (2016)
  • Tepper School of Business - Finalist for the George Leland Bach Excellence in Teaching Award (2016)
  • Carnegie Bosch Institute at the Tepper School of Business - Carnegie Bosch Junior Faculty Chair (2015)
  • Tepper School of Business - Finalist for the George Leland Bach Excellence in Teaching Award (2014)
  • Tepper School of Business - Finalist for the Lave-Weil Best Paper Prize at the Tepper School of Business for the best paper on problem solving, in contrast to theorem proving (2013)
  • Tepper School of Business - Xerox Junior Faculty Chair (2012)
  • International Society for Self & Identity - Best Paper Award (2009)

University Service

  • Center for Behavioral & Decision Research (CBDR), Steering Committee, Co-Director of the Center (2014 - )
  • Institutional Review Board, Committee Member (2011 - )
  • Masters Academic Actions Committee (MAAC), Committee Member

Consulting

  • Cognizant (2017 -)
  • Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University (2017 -)
  • AlphaLab Gear (2015 -)
  • Carnegie Bosch Institute (2015 -)
  • PNC Bank (2015 -)
  • American Association for Physician Leadership (August 2013 -)
  • University of Pittsburgh Physician Leadership program (2013 -)

Professional Activities

  • Committee Chair, Negotiation and Team Resources Institute, Research Grants Committee (March 2018 -)
  • Editorial Review Board Member, Self & Identity (January 2016 -)
  • Editorial Review Board Member, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes section (January 2012 - June 2020)
  • Other Officer, Representative-at-Large (Board Member), International Association for Conflict Management (2014 - 2016)
  • Committee Member, International Association for Conflict Management Research, Best IACM Conference Paper 2016 & Best IACM Conference Paper by a Student (March 2016 - July 2016)
  • Chairperson, International Association for Conflict Management Research, IACM Outstanding Article or Book Chapter Published in 2013 (March 2015 - July 2015)
  • Editorial Review Board Member, Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin (April 2013 - December 2014)