Prof Emer. Miriam Erez

Behavioral Science and Management


Prof. Erez's first degree, from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, was in Psychology and Sociology (1965). Her M.Sc. (1969) and D.Sc. (1972) from the Technion were in Behavioral Sciences and Management with an emphasis on Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She spent a post-doctorate year at the Dept. of Psychology, U. of Maryland (1975/6), and sabbatical years at the U. of Illinois (1980/1), U. of Maryland (1985/6, 1989), U. of California at Berkeley (1990), U. of Washington, Seattle (1994/5), New York University (Fall, 1999), University of California at Berkeley, (Fall, 2000), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2005), Beijing University, China (2006). Prof. Erez was the recipient of the  2005 Israel Prize for Management Science. She received the prize for her research in management and organizational behavior and for her contribution towards integrating psychology and management. In 2002 she received an award for  Distinguished Scientific Contributions to the International Advancement of Applied Psychology.  She also received a number of best papers and best symposia awards from the Academy of Management. Prof. Erez’ research areas are: work motivation, cross-cultural, global organizational behavior, and Innovation. She has published two books, three edited books and about one hundred journal papers and book chapters.She has advised about 100 graduate students and some of her doctoral students are now faculty members in various universities in Israel. Erez appears among the most cited authors in the field of management, 1983–2004 (Podsakoff, N.P., et al., J. of Management, 34, 2008, 641-720, Table 9).

Prof. Erez received two fellowships from the Japan Foundation, and Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences to study Japanese Management (1987, 1988). She was invited as a visiting scholar to the Chinese U. of Hong Kong (1994, 2004), to Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2012,  2013, and to Sun-Yat- Sen University in Guangzhou in 2014. Prof. Erez served as the Dean of the Faculty of Industrial Engineering & Management, 1996–1998. She is Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Fellow of the Academy of Management and Fellow of the International Association of Applied Psychology. Prof. Erez serves on the Board of the Academy of Management. She is the Past President of Division 1 of Organizational Psychology, The International Association of Applied Psychology (1998–2002). Erez is the former Editor of: Applied Psychology: An International Review (1997–2003). She is on the editorial board of Academy of Management Annals,  co-Guest Editor of Special issue on: “Contextualizing Creativity and Innovation Across  Cultures”, Journal of Organizational Behavior, 2012–14, and co-Guest Editor of Special Issue on:  "Paradox, Tensions and Dualities of Innovation and Change", Organizational Studies, 2013–2015. Shehas been on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes (1988–1999), and of the Academy of Management Journal (1997–1999). 

Selected Publications


Erez, M. and Earley, C.P. (1993):  Culture, Self-identity, and Work. N.Y.: Oxford University Press. 

Bamberger, P.A., Erez,   M. and Bacharach, S.B. (Eds.) (1996):  Cross-Cultural Analysis of Organizations.  A  volume in the series:  Research in The Sociology of Organization  (Series Editor, Samuel B. Bacharach), JAI Press Inc.                                    

Earley, C.P. and Erez, M.( 1997): The Transplanted Executive: Why you need to understand how workers in other countries see the world differently.  New York:       Oxford University Press.

Earley, C.P. and Erez, M. (Eds.) (1997):  New Perspectives on International Industrial/Organizational Psychology.  A Volume in the series:  Frontiers of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (Series Editor, Sheldon Zedeck), Jossey-Bass Publishers.

Erez, M., Thierry, H., Kleinbeck, U. (Eds.) (2001):  Work Motivation in the Context of a Globalizing Economy.  NY:Lawrence Erlbaum


Erez, M., "Feedback: A necessary condition for the goal setting - performance relationships", Journal of Applied Psychology, 62, 1977, 624-627.

Erez, M. and Kanfer, F., "The role of goal acceptance in goal setting and task performance", The Academy of Management Review, 8, 1983, 454-463.

Erez, M. and Zidon, I., "The effect of goal acceptance on the relationship between goal difficulty and task performance", Journal of Applied Psychology, 69, 1984, 69-78.

Erez, M., Earley, C.P., and Hulin, C., "The impact of participation upon goal acceptance and performance: A two-step model", Academy of Management Journal, 28, 1985, 50-66.

Erez, M. and Arad, R., "Participative Goal-Setting: Social, Motivational and Cognitive Factors", Journal of Applied Psychology, 71, 1986, 591-597.

Erez, M., "The Congruence of Goal-Setting Strategies with Socio-Cultural Values, and its Effect on Performance", Journal of Management, 12, 1986, 83-90.

Erez, M. and Earley, P.C., "Comparative analysis of goal-setting strategies across   cultures". Journal of Applied Psychology, 72, 1987, 658-665.

Locke, E., Latham, G. and Erez, M., "Determinants of Goal Commitment", Academy of Management Review, 13, 1988, 23-39.

Also in:  Steers, R.M. & Porter, L.W. (Eds.), Motivation and Work Behavior, N.Y.: McGraw-Hill, 1991,  370-389.

Latham, G. Erez., and Locke, E., "Resolving scientific disputes by the Antagonists: Application of the Erez-Latham dispute regarding participation", Monograph, Journal of Applied Psychology, 73, 1988, 753-772.

Erez, M., Gopher, D. & Arzy, N., "Effects of self-set goals and monetary rewards on dual task performance.  Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes, 47, 1990, 247-269.

Earley, P.C. and Erez, M., "Performance  standards and norms: A cognitive anchoring interpretation".  Journal of Applied Psychology, 76, 1991, 717-724.

Baum, R.J.,  Olian, J., Erez, M., Schnell, E., Smith, K.G., Sims, H.P. and Scullly, J., "Nationality and work role interactions: A cultural contrast of entrepreneurs' and       managers' needs". The Journal of Business Venturing, 8, 1993, 499-512.

Locke, E.A., Smith, K.G., Erez, M., Chah, D.O. and Schaffer, A., "The effects of intra – individual  goal conflict on performance".  Journal of Management, 20, 1994, 67-92.

Erez, M. and Somech, A., “Group productivity loss - the rule or the exception? Effects of culture and group-based motivation".  Academy of Management Journal, 39, 1996, 1513-1537.


Mitchell, T.R., Holtom, B.C., Lee, T.W., Sablynski, C.J. and Erez, M. (2001). “Why People Stay: Using Job Embeddedness to Predict Voluntary Turnover”.  Academy of Management Journal,  44, 1102-1122

Drach-Zahavy, A. and Erez, M. (2002), “Challenge versus Threat Effects on the Goal-Performance Relationship”.  Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 88, 667-682.

Erez, M., and Gati, E. (2004). A dynamic multi-level model of culture: From the micro-level of the individual to the macro level of a global culture. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 53, 583-598.

Berson, Y., Erez, M., Adler, S. (2004). Reflections of organizational identity and national culture on managerial roles in a multinational corporation. Academy of Management Best Papers Proceedings (IM: Q1-Q6).

Miron, E., Erez, M., & Naveh, E. (2004). Do Personal Characteristics and Cultural Values that Promote Innovation, Quality, and Efficiency Compete or Complement Each Other? Journal of Organizational Behavior – Special issue on innovation. 25, 175-199.

Naveh E. & Erez, M. (2004) “The Duality of Innovation and Attention to Detail in Quality Improvement Initiatives”. Management Science,50, 1576-1586.

Gelfand, M., Erez, M., and Aycan, Z. (2007). Cross-Cultural Organizational Behavior, Annual Review of Psychology, 58, 479-514.

Vashdi, D.R., Bamberger, P. and Erez, M. (2007). Briefing – Debriefing: Using a Reflexive Organizational Learning Model from the Military to Enhance the Performance of Surgical Teams. Human Resource Management, 46, 115-142.

Miron-Spektor, E., Erez, M., & Naveh, E. (2007). Balancing Innovation, Attention-to Detail, and Outcome Orientation to enhance Innovative Performance. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, August, 2007 Philadelphia, USA.

Erez, M. (2010) . Culture and Job design. In: “Putting job design in context: Cross-disciplinary, cross-level, and cross-cultural perspectives”, a special issue, Journal of Organizational Behavior, 31, 389-400.

 Erez, M. & Nouri, R. (2010). Creativity in a context: Cultural and Work Context. Management & Organization Review,6, 351-370.

Sivan, T., Fiegenbaum, A., Erez, M., and de-Haan, U. (2010). The fundamental role of absoprptive capacity in the opportunity exploitation stage, its antecedence and the effect on new ventures performance.  Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, 30, 10, 1-16.

Leung, K., Bhagat, R., Buchan, N. R., Erez, M., Gibson, C. (2011) Beyond national culture and culture-centricism: A reply to Gould and Grein, 2009. Journal of International Business Studies,42, 177-181.

This paper was also selected for inclusion in the International and Global Strategy edited by Torben Pedersen. Miron-Spector, E., Erez, M., & Naveh, E. (2011). Team composition and innovation: The

importance of conformists and attentive-to-detail members. Academy of Management Journal, 54, 4, 740-760.

Bergman, N., Erez, M., Rosenblatt, Z., and de Haan, U. (2011). Gender and the effects of an entrepreneurship training program on entrepreneurial self-efficacy and entrepreneurial knowledge gain. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 13, 1, 38-54.

Miron-Spector, E., Erez, M. and Naveh, E. (2012). To drive creativity add some conformity. Harvard Business Review, March, 2012. 

Glikson, E. & Erez, M. (2013).  Emotion display norms in virtual teams. Journal of Personnel Psychology, 12, 22-33.

Vashdi, D., Erez, M., Bamberger, P. (2013). Can Surgical Teams Ever Learn? Towards a Theory of Transitive Team Learning in Action Teams.  Academy of Management Journal, 56, 945-971. Finalist, Best Paper Award, AOM 2014.

Erez, M., Lisak, A., Harush, R.,  Glikson, E., Nouri R. & Shokef, E. (2013). Going Global: Developing Management Students' Global Characteristics through a Multicultural Team Project. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 12, 330-355.

Nouri, R., Erez, M., Rockstuhl, T., Ang, S., Rafaeli, A. & Leshem, L. (2013). Taking the Bite Out of Culture: The Impact of Task Structure and Task Type on Overcoming Impediments to Cross-Cultural Team Performance.  Journal of Organizational Behavior, 39, 739-763.

Lisak, A. & Erez, M. (in press).  Leadership Emergence in Multicultural Teams: The Power of Global Characteristics.  Journal of World Business. 

Nouri, R., Erez, M., Lee, C., Liang, J., Banister, B.D. & Chiu, W.(in press).Keeping the

supervisor and peers out of sight: the effect of culture and the social work context on creativity. Journal of Organizational Behavior.

Published in Book Chapters

Erez, M. & Drori, G. (2009). World Culture and its impact on global organizational values and on the self: A Macro – Micro perspective In: Rabi S. Bhagat and Richard M. Steers (eds.), Handbook of Culture,Organizations, and Work, pp. 148-173. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Erez, M. (2010). Cross cultural and global issues in organizational psychology. In S. Zedeck. (Editor). Handbook of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, V13, 1138-54. Washington D.C.: The American Psychological Association

Erez, M. (2013). Cross-cultural issues in goal-setting. In Locke, E.A & Latham, G. (Eds). Ch. 30. New Developments in Goal Setting and Task Performance. Routledge: NY.


Work motivation; Teamwork; Organizational Culture; Cross-Cultural Organizational Behavior; Creativity and Innovation in teams and organizations.

Contact Info

Room 11a Bloomfield Building