Glen Kreiner

Professor of Management
Department: Management and Organization
Office: 443 Business Building
Phone: 814-867-2381
Fax: 814-863-7261
Member of Faculty Since: 2007


Professor Glen Kreiner is a John and Becky Surma Dean’s Research Fellow. He received his Ph.D. in Business Administration from Arizona State University, a B.A. in Communications and a Master's of Organizational Behavior from Brigham Young University. Professor Kreiner currently serves on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, and Organization Science, and previously served three terms on the editorial board of the Academy of Management Journal . He has published his research in the Academy of Management Review, the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Applied PsychologyJournal of Organizational Behavior, Management & Organization Review, Journal of Management and OrganizationHuman Relations, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Human Resource Management Review, Family Business Review, and Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes. His research findings have also been reported on by the Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, and print and broadcast news organizations internationally. He has received two prestigious awards from the Academy of Management's Organizational Behavior Division: (1) Best Conference Paper, 2006 and (2) Outstanding Publication, 2007. He has also won two major awards for his work-family balance research with Elaine Hollensbe and Mathew Sheep - the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for best publication in work-family research and the Best Paper Award from the Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology. He and his co-authors also won a 2015 "Best Paper" Award from the British Academy of Management Annual Meeting.

Professor Kreiner teaches the following MBA and/or Executive MBA courses: "Team Process & Performance," "Team Facilitation," "Leadership & Identity" and has led Executive MBA Global Immersion trips to South America and Europe. He also teaches a Ph.D. seminar on "Qualitative Research Methods." He previously taught undergraduate and MBA courses on Organizational Behavior.

Professor Kreiner also serves as the Smeal Faculty Chair of the Smeal Penn State Online MBA Program and is developing a Team Performance course for that program.

Current Research

His research areas include professional identity (how individuals and collectives define who they are by what they do), mindfulness at work (how to have better focus and fulfilment at work), dirty work (how workers and managers in stigmatized occupations deal with stigma), emotions in the workplace (such as how emotions relate to our identities), social identification (how individuals define themselves by their jobs, organizations, and professions), and organization identity (how organizations define themselves). Professor Kreiner is currently studying persons with intellectual disabilities in the workplace, with specific interests in their workplace experiences and the policies/practices that facilitate their employment. He is also engaging in projects dealing with: mindfulness in the workplace and mindful leadership; stigmatized workers and managers; ethics officers; health coaches; "transient" or "nomadic" professionals; workers on the autism spectrum; and the social and systemic factors involved in the subprime mortgage financial crisis. Professor Kreiner has published conceptual, quantitative, and qualitative work, with a special emphasis on using grounded theory.

Publication List

Mikolon, S., Kreiner, G.E., & Wieseke, J, "Seeing you seeing me: Stereotypes and the stigma magnification effect", Journal of Applied Psychology, 2016, In press,

Kreiner, G.E., Hollensbe, E.C., Sheep, M.L., Smith, B.R., & Kataria, N., "Elasticity and the dialectic tensions of organizational identity: How can we hold together while we’re pulling apart?", Academy of Management Journal, 2015, 58, pp. 981-1011.

Ashforth, B.E., & Kreiner, G.E., "Contextualizing dirty work: The neglected role of cultural, historical, and demographic context", Journal of Management and Organization, 2014, 20, pp. 423-440.

Trevino, L.K., den Nieuwenboer, N., Kreiner, G.E., & Bishop, D., "Legitimating the legitimate: A grounded theory study of legitimacy work among ethics and compliance officers", Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 2014, 123, pp. 186-205.

Ashforth, B.E. & Kreiner, G.E., "Dirty work and dirtier work: Differences in countering physical, social, and moral stigma", Management and Organization Review, 2014, 10, pp. 81-108.

Knapp, J.R., Smith, B.R., Kreiner, G.E., Sundaramurthy, C., & Barton, S.L., "Managing boundaries through identity work: The role of individual and organizational identity tactics", Family Business Review, 2013, 32, pp. 415-436.

Kreiner, G.E., Hollensbe, E.C., & Sheep, M.L., "Balancing Borders and Bridges: Negotiating the work-home interface via boundary work tactics", Academy of Management Journal, 2009, 52, pp. 704-730.

Sundaramurthy, C. & Kreiner, G.E., "Governing by managing identity boundaries: The case of family businesses", Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 2008, 32, pp. 391-591.

Ashforth, B.E., Kreiner, G.E., Clark, M.A., & Fugate, M., "Normalizing dirty work: Managerial tactics for countering occupational taint", Academy of Management Journal, 2007, 50, pp.149-174.

Kreiner, G.E., Hollensbe, E.C., & Sheep, M.L., "Where is the 'Me' among the 'We'? Identity work and the search for optimal balance", Academy of Management Journal, 2006, 49, pp.1031-1057.

Kreiner, G.E., Ashforth, B.E., Sluss, D.M., "Identity dynamics in occupational dirty work: Integrating social identity and system justification perspectives", Organization Science, 2006, 17, pp. 619-636.

Kreiner, G.E., "Consequences of work-home segmentation or integration: A person-environment fit perspective", Journal of Organizational Behavior, 2006, 27, pp. 485-507.

Kreiner, G.E., Hollensbe, E.C., & Sheep, M.L., "On the edge of identity: Boundary dynamics at the interface of individual and organizational identities", Human Relations, 2006, 59, pp. 1315-1341.

Kreiner, G.E. & Ashforth, B.E., "Evidence toward an expanded model of organizational identification", Journal of Organizational Behavior, 2004, 25, pp. 1-27.


Ph.D., Business Administration, Arizona State University, 2001

M.O.B., Organizational Behavior, Brigham Young University, 1995

B.A., Communications, Brigham Young University, 1992


BA 502, Team Process and Performance

MGMT 592, Doctoral Seminar on Qualitative Research Methods

MGMT 520, Team Facilitation