Carnegie Mellon University
July 21, 2016

Cohen and Tepper School Ph.D. Students Earn Conflict Management Award

Research group recognized for study analyzing characteristics of adults with low versus high levels of moral character

Ongoing research by Taya Cohen, current Ph.D. candidate Yeonjeong Kim, two Tepper School of Business alumni joined by a University of North Carolina senior associate dean were bestowed with the 2016 Outstanding Article Award from the International Association of Conflict Management (IACM) in New York on June 26-29.

At its annual conference, the IACM honors authors of a published article or chapter that has advanced conflict management theory and practice, and has made a significant and lasting contribution to the field over the previous two years.

“I am humbled to receive this honor from my esteemed colleagues at the International Association of Conflict Management — an organization that I love and am proud to be a part of,” said Cohen, the Carnegie Bosch Junior Faculty Chair and associate professor of organizational behavior and theory. “This award is a wonderful recognition of the work I have been doing with my long-time collaborator, Abigail Panter of the University of North Carolina, and my graduate students here at Carnegie Mellon University, Nazli Turan Bhatia, Lily Morse and Yeonjeong Kim.”

This marked the first time a Tepper School faculty member won this specific IACM award since 2002, when one of three authors honored was Laurie Weingart, senior associate dean for education and Carnegie Bosch Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory.

Moral character in the workplace” — published by the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in 2014 — was research in which Cohen served as lead author along with co-authors Kim; Nazli Turan, Ph.D. ’14, MSIA ’10 (currently an assistant professor at Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics); Lily Morse, Ph.D. ’16, MSIA ’13 (currently a postdoctoral teaching and research associate at the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame University); and Abigail Panter, a professor of psychology and senior associate dean of undergraduate education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“Abigail and I began researching moral character 10 years ago when I was a student at UNC. We’ve learned a lot over the years about what moral character is and how to measure it, but there is still much work to be done,” explained Cohen. “My current research with Yeonjeong and Abigail builds on our ‘Moral Character in the Workplace’ paper by investigating how to detect moral character via behavioral interview questions. We’re looking forward to see what the next 10 years bring!”

“It was great to be able to bring my statistical knowledge to an interesting problem that my advisor and I were working on,” Kim added. “It takes a long time to finish a project and publish, so this makes it really rewarding.”