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James Westaby

Professional Background

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Social and Organizational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Scholarly Interests

  • Dynamic network theory: How social networks influence goal pursuit and performance
  • Combining social network analysis and goal theories
  • Social interaction analysis of dyads, groups, and organizations
  • Behavioral reasoning theory and the prediction of individual behavior
  • Computational models of complex social, organizational, and leadership systems
Please see Professor Westaby's profile on the Social Psychology Network for more details.

Selected Publications

(1) Dynamic Network Theory
Westaby, J. D. (2012).  Dynamic network theory: How social networks influence goal pursuit. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. (This is the original book that introduces the theory)
Westaby, J. D. (2012).  Emergence and contagion in dynamic network systems.  Invited Presentation for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Meeting Preconference.
Westaby, J. D. (2012). Social networks, social support, and goal pursuit: Testing dynamic network theory. Paper presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.
Westaby, J. D., et al. (2012).  Dynamic networks and I-O psychology. Roundtable discussion at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
Westaby, J. D. (2012).  Overview of basic concepts in dynamic network theory (Working Document). April, 2012, PDF.
Westaby, J. D., & Gerard, N. (2011).  Dynamic network theory: Infusing goals into social networks. Paper presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. (Presented in the Symposium on "Dynamic networks and systems" with Peter Gollwitzer, Arie Kruglanski, Steven Read, Eliot Smith, and Robin Vallacher as other symposium participants; Chair: James D. Westaby).
Westaby, J. D. (2010). The activation of goal striver roles in social networks: Testing components of dynamic network theory. Paper presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

(2) Behavioral Reasoning Theory and Other Related Work

Westaby, J. D. (2005). Behavioral reasoning theory: Identifying new linkages underlying intentions and behavior.  Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 98, 97-120. (This is the original paper that introduces this theory).
Westaby, J. D., Probst, T. M., & Lee, B. C. (2010).  Leadership decision-making: A behavioral reasoning theory analysis. Leadership Quarterly, 21, 481-495.
Westaby, J. D., Versenyi, A., & Hausmann, R. C. (2005).  Intentions to work during terminal illness: An exploratory study of antecedent conditions.  Journal of Applied Psychology, 90, 1027-1035.
Westaby, J. D., & Lowe, J. K. (2005).  Risk taking orientation and injury among youth workers: Examining the social influence of supervisors, coworkers, and parents.  Journal of Applied Psychology, 90, 1297-1305.
Lee, B., Westaby, J. D., & Berg, D. (2004).  Impact of a national rural youth health and safety initiative: Results from a randomized controlled trial.  American Journal of Public Health, 94, 1743-1749.

biographical information

ORLJ 4901: Research and independent study in social-organizational psychology

ORLJ 5003: Human resource management

Current and emerging emphases in the management of human resources in organizations.

ORLJ 5018: Using survey research in organizational consulting

Prerequisite: ORLJ 4009. This course illustrates how to conduct survey research for organizational change initiatives. The following topics are covered: entering into survey research consulting, selecting concepts, conducting focus groups, survey construction and administration, data analysis, identifying needs, survey feedback techniques, and final reports. Students develop a survey-based project from initial conceptualization to final report presentation.

ORLJ 6346: Research workgroup in social-organizational psychology: Organizational attitudes, job search, and career development

Permission required. Limited to doctoral students. Topics are announced in the preliminary and final course schedules distributed each semester.

ORLJ 6901: Advanced research and independent study in social-organizational psychology

ORLJ 8900: Dissertation advisement in social-organizational psychology

Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. For requirements, see section on Continuous Registration for Ed.D./Ph.D. degrees.

Documents & Papers

James Westaby appeared in the following articles:

Uniform Praise (2/16/2012)

Analyzing the Webs We Weave (12/16/2011)

What's New On TC Web (9/18/2001 6:07:26 PM)

Teachers College Welcomes Sixteen New Faculty (8/1/1998)