Katrina Graham, PhD

Associate Professor, Management and Entrepreneurship; Director, Management and Organizational Leadership

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Dr. Katrina Graham’s research lies at the intersection of leadership, ethical decision making, and conflict in the workplace. She has published her research in journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Human Relations. She serves on the editorial review board of Journal of Organizational Behavior.

Dr. Graham earned her B.A. in History from the University of Virginia, an M.S. in Human Resource Development from Villanova University, and a PhD in Organizational Behavior from Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. Prior to academia, she worked in the human resources field, including as a personnel officer in the U.S. Air Force. She has consulted with a variety of organizations in the physical therapy industry and has collaborated with Lockheed Martin on leadership development programs.

At Suffolk University, Dr. Graham developed a course on Managing Difficult People at Work. She teaches additional classes on organizational psychology, including Organizational Behavior and Leadership. Dr. Graham is also a member of the Suffolk Alumni Veterans Committee and runs executive education workshops on difficult conversations.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Student Government Association Outstanding Sawyer Business School Faculty Member of the Year, 2021
  • Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in the Social Sciences, Drexel University, 2015
  • Best Student Paper Award, Academy of Management (MOC Division), 2012

Professional Activities

  • Editorial Review Board, Journal of Organizational Behavior (2021- )


Recent Intellectual Contributions

Ziegert, J. C., Knight, A. P., Resick, C. J., Graham, K. A. (in press). Addressing performance tensions in multiteam systems: Balancing informal mechanisms of coordination within and between teams. Academy of Management Journal.

Graham, K. A., Resick, C. J., Margolis, J. A., Shao, P., Hargis, M. B., & Kiker, J. D. (2020). Egoistic norms, organizational identification, and the perceived ethicality of unethical pro-organizational behavior: A moral maturation perspective. Human Relations, 73, 1249-1277.

Graham, K. A., Mawritz, M. B., Dust, S. B., Greenbaum, R. L., & Ziegert, J. C. (2019). Too many cooks in the kitchen: The effects of dominance incompatibility on relationship conflict and subsequent abusive supervision. The Leadership Quarterly, 30, 351-364.

Graham, K. A., Dust, S. B., & Ziegert, J. C. (2018). Supervisor-employee power distance incompatibility, gender similarity, and relationship conflict: A test of interpersonal interaction theory. Journal of Applied Psychology, 103, 334-346.

Mawritz, M. B., Greenbaum, R. L., Butts, M. M., & Graham, K. A. (2017). I just can’t control myself: A self-regulation perspective on the abuse of deviant employees. Academy of Management Journal, 60, 1482-1503.

Intellectual Contributions

Media Highlights

Managing in the Workplace @Suffolk News

The Psychology of Personality @iHeartRadio

Drexel University News

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Courses Taught

MGOB 835: Managing Difficult People at Work
MGT 385: Managing Difficult People at Work
MGT 360: Leadership
MGT 217: Organizational Behavior
SIB 550: Italy Travel Seminar

Professional Links

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  • BA, University of Virginia
  • MS, Villanova University
  • PhD, Drexel University