My interests lie in the processes surrounding how and why individuals psychologically attach to others and to collectives, including groups, units, and organizations. An attachment can be thought of as a high quality reciprocity-based relationship, as a sense of identification with a social group, or even the willingness to cooperate with a group or collective. The necessary condition is that an entity separate from the individual is salient and relevant to that individual, and the individual is motivated to behave in terms of that separate entity, not necessarily only for their self-interest. This is why understanding attachments is so critical – individuals are constantly faced with decisions where they must decide whether to support another person, group, or the organization rather than support themselves. This ability to create strongly identified individuals who are motivated by their attachments to teams and to co-workers is a hallmark of high quality organizations. Understanding attachment gives us a lens to see how individual actors make these decisions.
Key Research Articles
Rockmann, K.W., & Ballinger, G.B. (2017). Intrinsic Motivation and Organizational Identification Among On-Demand Workers. Journal of Applied Psychology, 102: 1305-1316.
Burris, E., Rockmann, K.W., & Kimmons, Y. (2017) The Value of Voice (to Managers): Employee Identification and the Content of Voice. Academy of Management Journal, 60: 2099-2125.
Rockmann, K.W., & Pratt, M.G. (2015). Contagious offsite work and the lonely office: The unintended consequences of distributed work. Academy of Management Discoveries, 1: 150-164.
Dane, E., Rockmann, K.W., & Pratt, M.G. (2012). When should I trust my gut? Linking domain expertise to intuitive decision-making effectiveness. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 119: 187-194.
Rockmann, K.W., & Pratt, M.G. (2011). Rethinking telecommuting and the distributed work organization. Academy of Management: Best Paper Proceedings.
Ballinger, G.A., & Rockmann, K.W (2010). Chutes versus ladders: A punctuated-equilibrium perspective on social exchange relationships. Academy of Management Review, 35, 373-391.
McCarter, M.M., Rockmann, K.W., & Northcraft, G.B. (2010). Is it even worth it? The effect of outcome variance in public goods dilemmas. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes,111, 1-12.
Rockmann, K.W., & Northcraft, G.B. (2008) To be or not to be trusted: The influence of media richness on defection and deception. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 107, 106-122.
Pratt, M.G., Rockmann, K.W., & Kaufmann, J. (2006) Constructing professional identity: The role of work and identity learning cycles in the customization of identity among medical residents. Academy of Management Journal, 49, 235-262.