Bruce Barry is Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Professor of Management at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Sociology. He is affiliated faculty at Vanderbilt’s Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Public Policy and at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions.
Prof. Barry’s research and expertise lie in two areas: (1) social issues in management, including ethics, workplace rights, and public policy; and (2) the psychology of interpersonal and group behavior in organizations, including power, influence, negotiation, conflict and justice. He has published on these topics in numerous scholarly journals and volumes.
Prof. Barry’s current research explores intersections between ethics and emotion, connections between social identity and judgments about unethical behavior; and the psychology of motivation in situations where individuals pursue very long-term goals, spanning not just years, but decades. He has also been examining free expression and workplace rights from legal, managerial, and ethical perspectives. His book on this subject is Speechless: The Erosion of Free Expression in the American Workplace, published in 2007 by Berrett-Koehler.
Prof. Barry is a past president of the International Association for Conflict Management, and a past chair of the Conflict Management Division of the Academy of Management. He is currently associate editor of Business Ethics Quarterly and a member of the editorial boards of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, and Work and Occupations. His (co-authored) books on negotiation are among the most widely adopted texts on that subject in colleges and universities worldwide.
A native of New York, Prof. Barry earned undergraduate and master’s degrees at the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 1991 and was Director of the Owen School’s Ph.D. Program in Management from 1998-2004. He was Chair of the Vanderbilt University Faculty Senate in 2008-09. He has also taught at UNC-Chapel Hill and at Duke University, and has been a visiting professor at the Melbourne Business School and the Queensland University of Technology in Australia.
He is past president and current member of the board of directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, and is a contributing writer on political, economic, and social issues for the Nashville Scene and its blog on politics and media, Pith in the Wind.
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