Rob Davison

Assistant Professor
Primary office:
785-864-6937
Capitol Federal Hall
Room 2173
University of Kansas


Academic Area

Organizational Behavior

Education

Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources, Michigan State University
MBA, Harvard Business School
M.S. in Mathematics, Clarkson University
B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Clarkson University

Dr. Davison’s research investigates the determinants of optimal performance in compact organizations (e.g., multiteam systems) with a specific interest in the phenomenon of adaptive response to performance environment dynamism and associated emergent process (coordination, information exchange, integrative leadership). He is interested in understanding the dynamics by which capabilities of a lower-level entity (individual, team) emerge as a “whole that is greater than the sum of its parts” capability of a higher-level entity (collective, multiteam systems); for example, strategic leadership as an organizational capability.

His scholarly research is published in top journals including The Academy of Management Journal, The Journal of Applied Psychology, The Journal of Management, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

Dr. Davison has more than 25 years of management consulting and multinational business experience. His expertise lies in the design and leadership of strategic business improvement programs, executive coaching, and the creation of high performance organizations. He began his professional career at IBM where he progressed through a broad array of assignments in Product Development, Program Management, Sales, Marketing, Corporate Treasury and Systems Integration. He also worked in the venture capital industry and co-owns a small business. Before leaving the world of practice for academia, Dr. Davison lead complex transformational change programs as a program manager and vice president at Capgemini, a EUR 10+ billion professional services firm headquartered in Paris. His clients included BASF (Germany), Elf Atochem (France), HSBC (Netherlands), ICI (UK), Monsanto (US), Praxair (US) and Union Carbide (US). Dr. Davison also served his Country as an officer in the United States Naval Reserve.

Currently a faculty member at The University of Kansas School of Business, Dr. Davison teaches courses in Organizational Behavior, Leadership and Strategic Management at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Research

Dr. Davison’s research investigates the determinants of optimal performance in compact organizations (e.g., multiteam systems) with a specific interest in the phenomenon of adaptive response to performance environment dynamism and associated emergent process (coordination, information exchange, integrative leadership). He is interested in understanding the dynamics by which capabilities of a lower-level entity (individual, team) emerge as a “whole that is greater than the sum of its parts” capability of a higher-level entity (collective, multiteam systems); for example, strategic leadership as an organizational capability.

Selected Publications

Rico, R., Hinsz, V. B., Davison, R. B., & Salas, E. (in press). Structural influences upon coordination and performance in multiteam systems. Human Resource Management Review. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.hrmr.2017.02.001

de Vries, T., Hollenbeck, J. R., Davison, R. B., Walter, F., & Van der Vegt, G. (2016). Managing coordination in multiteam systems: Integrating micro- and macro-perspectives. The Academy of Management Journal, 59(5), 1823-1844. http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/amj.2014.0385

Dulebohn, J. H., Davison, R. B., Lee, A., Conlon, D., McNamara, G., & Sarinopoulos, I. (2016). Gender differences in justice evaluations: Evidence from fMRI. Journal of Applied Psychology, 101(2), 151-170. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/apl0000048

Davison, R. B., Hollenbeck, J. R., Barnes, C. M., Sleesman, D. J., & Ilgen, D. R. (2012). Coordinated action in multiteam systems. Journal of Applied Psychology, 97(4), 808-824. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0026682

Dimotakis, N., Davison, R. B., & Hollenbeck, J. R. (2012). Team structure and regulatory focus: The impact of regulatory fit on team dynamics. Journal of Applied Psychology, 97(2), 421-434. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0026701

Davison, R. B., & Hollenbeck, J. R. (2011). Boundary spanning in the domain of multi-team systems. In S. J. Zaccaro, M. A. Marks, & L. A. DeChurch (Eds.), Multiteam systems: An organization form for dynamic and complex environments (pp. 323-364 (Chapter 12)). New York: Routledge Academic.

Dulebohn, J., Conlon, D. E., Sarinopoulos, I., Davison, R. B., & McNamara, G. (2009). The biological bases of unfairness: Neurological evidence for the distinctiveness of Procedural and Distributive Justice. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 110(2), 140–151. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.obhdp.2009.09.001

Haleblian, J., Devers, E. E., McNamara, G., Carpenter, M. A., & Davison, R. B. (2009). Taking stock of what we know about mergers and acquisitions: A review and research agenda. Journal of Management, 35(3), 469-502. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0149206308330554


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