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Katherine (Kat) K. Bae (she/her/hers)

PhD Candidate in Management & Organizations

Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

I am a PhD candidate in the Management and Organizations area at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. I received my BA in psychology magna cum laude from Northwestern University and completed an honors thesis.

My research program takes a social approach to the study of leadership in two broad streams: (1) understanding the impact of leader attributes linked to fundamental social motives on leader effectiveness and on followers (e.g., follower perceptions, intentions, and behaviors), and (2) examining how leading impacts leaders themselves (e.g., leader well-being). In the first research stream, I advance the literature on leadership by adopting foundational social-psychological frameworks (i.e., social-evolutionary and social-cognitive perspectives) to uncover how leader attributes (e.g., dominance and prestige; agency and communion) associated with social motives fundamental to human nature—(a) attaining social influence and (b) making social judgements—impact leader behaviors (e.g., decision making and cognitive processing) and consequential follower outcomes (e.g., willingness to share negative feedback with leader, followers’ desire to lead, and commitment to their leader). The second stream of my research extends theories of leadership by taking a “leader-centric” perspective, investigating how engaging in quintessential leader behaviors (e.g., motivating employees) affects leaders’ outcomes. For example, in my dissertation, I examine the effects of motivating employees via pep talks on leaders’ own emotions and energy.

 
 
PUBLICATIONS
The precautious nature of prestige: When leaders are hypervigilant to subtle signs of social disapproval

Case, C. R., Bae, K. K., Larsen, K. T., & Maner, J. K. (2021). The precautious nature of prestige: When leaders are hypervigilant to subtle signs of social disapproval. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 120(3), 694–715. 

Individual differences in sadness coherence: Associations with dispositional affect and age

Wu, D. J., Svoboda, R. C., Bae, K. K., & Haase, C. M. (2020). Individual differences in sadness coherence: Associations with dispositional affect and age. Emotion, 21(3), 465–477.

Drivers of desire for social rank

Mitchell, R. L., Bae, K. K., Case, C. R., & Hays, N. A. (2020). Drivers of desire for social rank. Current opinion in psychology, 33, 189-195. 

To lead or to be liked: When prestige-oriented leaders sacrifice group performance

Case, C. R., Bae, K. K., & Maner, J. K. (2018). To lead or to be liked: When prestige-oriented leaders prioritize popularity over performance. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 115(4), 657–676.

  • Featured on The Wall Street Journal: The dangers of wanting to be a popular boss (May 2019)

  • Featured on The Boston Globe: As leadership styles lean kinder, how do bosses make unpopular decisions? (November 2018)

  • Featured on Ross Thought in Action: To lead or be liked: Choose wisely to succeed (May 2018)

  • Featured on The New York Times: Bossy vs. Buddy: Two leadership styles, each with its place (October 2016)

  • Featured on Psychology Today: What Kind of a Leader Are You? The pros and cons of dominance versus prestige (June 2016)

 
TEACHING

I have taught the following course and was the recipient of the Thomas W. Leabo Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence (Teaching rating: 4.9/5, ~80 students per section):

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This course teaches students basic concepts in the behavioral sciences that can improve their abilities to lead and manage in organizations. Frameworks for individual, team, and organizational behavior are presented and discussed in the context of real-world cases. Group projects provide practice in problem-based teamwork and in applying the frameworks in practice.

*MO 300 is a required introduction to management course for all Junior BBAs

I was a teaching assistant for the following course:

I was a classroom activity facilitator for the following courses: