Jessica A. Kennedy
Assistant Professor of Management
Jessica Kennedy is an assistant professor of management in Organization Studies.
Professor Kennedy's research lies at the intersection of three distinct, but inter-related topics: power and status hierarches, ethical behavior, and gender. In the first stream, she asks: How do groups allocate power and status to individual members? She has found, for instance, that overconfident individuals attain higher status in groups because others mistakenly perceive overconfident people to be more competent at the task than people with accurate self-perceptions.
Kennedy also examines the consequences of holding power and status for individuals' decisions and behavior. For instance, she has found that holding higher rank in a group suppresses individuals' ability to detect and object to unethical practices because those who are accorded higher rank are blinded by identification with the group.
Kennedy's third stream of research examines gender. Her research has found that women's negative reactions to ethical compromises lower their interest in business careers, that stereotypes about women's competence in negotiations lead women to be targets of deception, and that women's relatively stronger moral identities explain why they tend to negotiate more ethically.
Professor Kennedy has published in outlets such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Research in Organizational Behavior, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Business Ethics Quarterly.
Professor Kennedy teaches two courses: MGT 6342: Leading Teams and Organizations and MGT 6448: Negotiation.
Prior to her academic career, Kennedy worked in investment banking. She executed leveraged buy-outs at Goldman Sachs in New York and San Francisco. She also worked in mergers and acquisitions at Lazard in New York. She is originally from Texas.
Ph.D., Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, 2012
B.S, summa cum laude, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania 2004
Harvard Business Review (2016, February 17). When trust is easily broken, and when it is not. https://hbr.org/2016/02/when-trust-is-easily-broken-and-when-its-not
Wall Street Journal (2015, June 7). Overheard: Leveling with gender disparity. http://www.wsj.com/articles/leveling-with-gender-disparity-overheard-1433707173
Strategy + Business (2015, June 2). Young Professors: Jessica Kennedy takes on ethics, power, and gender.
Fast Company (2015, February 10). Why being politically correct fosters more creative ideas. http://www.fastcompany.com/3042092/the-future-of-work/why-being-politically-correct-fosters-more- creative-ideas
NPR (2015, January 24). Study says creativity can flow from political correctness. http://www.npr.org/2015/01/24/379628464/study-says-creativity-can-flow-from-political-correctness
Fox Small Business (2014, October 6). The truth about negotiations: Women are lied to more.
Daily Pennsylvanian (2014, September 2). Wharton study finds negotiators lie more often to women than men.
BusinessWeek (2014, September 17). NFL sponsors staying mum on abuse crosses over gender line.
BusinessWeek (2014, August 28). Women graduating in business get fewer job offers than men. http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-08-28/women-graduating-from-business-school-get-fewer- job-offers-than-men#r=bus-lst
New York Magazine (2014, May). It pays to be overconfident, even when you have no idea what you’re doing. http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2014/05/pays-to-be-overconfident.html
NPR (2014, April 9). Why men outnumber women attending business schools. http://www.npr.org/2014/04/09/300836825/why-men-outnumber-women-attending-business-schools
Harvard Business Review (2013, September). Women in the workplace: A research round-up. http://hbr.org/2013/09/women-in-the-workplace-a-research-roundup/ar/1
Knowledge@Wharton (2013, May 6). Why emphasizing ethics matters to female employees. http://knowledgetoday.wharton.upenn.edu/2013/05/emphasizing-ethics-matters-to-female-employees/
CNN (2013, May 17). Study: In business, women value ethics more than men. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/15/business/women-work-ethics
The Daily Pennsylvanian (2013, April 18). Wharton researcher agues women can be ethical and successful.
HuffingtonPost (2013, April 4). Women in business discouraged by ethical dilemmas, study suggests. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/04/women-in-business-discouraged-by-ethical- dilemmas_n_3015822.html
Slate (2013, April 3). Women may avoid business careers to maintain ethical integrity. http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2013/04/03/do_women_think_working_in_business_is_immoral
Businessweek (2012, August 31). A study in overconfidence. http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-08-31/b-school-research-briefs
Wall Street Journal (2012, August 16). Why are we overconfident?
Fox Small Business Center (2012, August 15). When it pays to be overconfident. http://smallbusiness.foxbusiness.com/entrepreneurs/2012/08/15/when-it-pays-to-be-overconfident/