Keith Leavitt

Assistant Professor

Department: Management
Office: 370 Austin Hall
Phone: 541-737-8631

Dr. Keith Leavitt is an Assistant Professor of Management in the College of Business at Oregon State University. Prior to arriving at OSU, he spent two years as an assistant professor at the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic, located at WestPoint. He received his Ph.D. (Organizational Behavior) from the University of Washington in 2009.

His primary research areas include behavioral ethics/workplace malfeasance, social/relational identity and situated judgment, gender and racial parity, implicit (non-conscious) cognition, and research methods/epistemology. His research has appeared in the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Research Methods, and the Journal of Organizational Behavior. His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, the Globe & Mail (Canada), and Forbes Magazine (India edition). 

In his spare time, he enjoys mountain biking, road cycling, xc/telemark skiing, the occasional existential crisis, and keeping his two dogs from swallowing things.  

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Doctorate in Management and Organization (Ph.D.)
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Concentration: Organizational Behavior/ Human Resource Management, Spring 2009.
Minors: Research Methods and Sociology (Institutional Analysis).

Master of Science in Business Administration (M.S.B.A.)
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Concentration: Organizational Behavior, Spring 2007.

Master of Science (M.S.)
Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
Concentration: Applied Psychology (Social/Organizational)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Western State College of Colorado, Gunnison, CO
Major: Psychology

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Assistant Professor, Oregon State University College of Business (Fall 2011-Present).

Assistant Professor, Army Center for the Professional Military Ethic, United States Military Academy at WestPoint (Summer 2009-Summer 2011).

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Journal Articles


Leavitt, K., "Lying for who we are: Motivated dishonesty in response to intractable identity threats.", University of Central Florida Behavioral Ethics Conference, Orlando, FL, 2014.
Bosco, F., P. A, K. Leavitt, and H. Aguinis, "I/O Psychology's decline in effect-size magnitude over time.", Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology, Houston, TX, 2013.
Leavitt, K., "Getting explicit about the implicit: Nonconscious measures in management research", (Invited Talk), Virginia Polytechnical Institute (Virginia Tech), 2012.
Leavitt, K., "Implicit processes in organizational behavior: Research and practice next steps (Expert Panel)", Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, 2012.
Leavitt, K., "Positive Affect as a Motivator of Prosocial Unethical Behavior.", Academy of Management Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, 2011.

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Honors and Awards

  • Winner, Organizational Research Methods 2011 Best Paper Award.
  • Winner, Academy of Management Journal 2010 Best Paper Award.
  • Winner, 2011 Saroj Parasuraman Award for outstanding publication (presented by the gender and diversity in organizations division of the Academy of Management).
  • Outstanding reviewer award, Academy of Management Annual Meeting (OB division), 2010.
  • Outstanding reviewer award, Academy of Management Annual Meeting (MOC division), 2009.
  • Graduate teaching excellence award, University of Washington Business School, 2007.
  • Kindergartener of the week, Crosby Elementary School, 1982.

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Additional Information

Keith Leavitt, Ph.D. Curriculum Vitae

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