David Lebel is an Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. He is an award-winning researcher whose research focuses on proactive behaviors at work including voice/speaking up, innovation, and taking initiative. Specifically, he examines how perceptions of work context and negative emotions (fear, anger) influence whether employees speak up or are proactive. Dave also explores the implications for those employees who speak up, ask for help, or take initiative on individual performance and status.
Dave has been recognized for his outstanding teaching at the Katz School of Business, receiving multiple teaching awards. Dave’s teaching interests include organizational behavior, organizational change, and communication at work. Prior to pursuing a Ph.D., he was a management consultant with Deloitte, providing strategy and operations expertise to public sector clients, and was an analyst for a large $15 billion privately held supply chain organization.
Awards and Honors
- Katz School of Business Excellence in Research Award (2015-2016)
- Katz School of Business Excellence in Teaching Award (2012-13, 2014-2015, 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019)
- BNY Mellon CSR Fellow and Research Grant (2013-2016)
- Center for Healthcare Management research grant (2016-2017)
- Doris & Douglas Bernstein Award for Faculty Teaching Excellence (2016-2017)
- PhD, Organizational Behavior, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania
- MS, Management, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania
- BS, Economics, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania
Patil, S. V., & Lebel, R. D. (2019). “I want to serve but the public does not understand:” Prosocial motivation, image discrepancies, and proactivity in public safety. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 154, 34-48. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.obhdp.2019.07.002
Lebel, R.D., & Patil, S.V. (2018) Proactivity despite discouraging supervisors: The powerful role of prosocial motivation. Journal of Applied Psychology, 103(7), 724-737. https://doi.org/10.1037/apl0000301
Lebel, R.D. (2017). Moving beyond fight and flight: A contingent model of how the emotional regulation of anger and fear spark proactivity. Academy of Management Review, 42(2), 190-206. doi:10.5465/amr.2014.0368
Lebel, R.D. (2016). Overcoming the fear factor: How perceptions of supervisor openness lead employees to speak up when fearing external threat. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 135, 10-21 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.obhdp.2016.05.001