Kerry Gibson

Assistant Professor

Academic Division: Management

Bio

Kerry Roberts Gibson is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior in the Management Division at Babson College. She previously taught both Organizational Behavior and Human Resources at Georgia Tech, where she completed her Ph.D. Professor Gibson’s primary research interest is workplace relationships. She focuses on relationship development mechanisms, such as self-disclosure and gratitude. She explores how these relationship mechanisms drive outcomes, such as organizational identification, engagement, and voice. Professor Gibson’s dissertation focuses on relational identity threat which occurs when relational expectations between supervisors and subordinates are violated. She is published in the Journal of Vocational Behavior and has presented her research at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, the Positive Relationships at Work Microcommunity Research Meeting, the Positive Organizational Scholarship Research Conference, and the International Association of Positive Psychology World Congress as well as to company executives. Professor Gibson currently serves on the steering committee for the Positive Relationships at Work Microcommunity and is a member of the Academy of Management and the International Association of Positive Psychology. She was voted 2014 Ph.D. Candidate of the Year by the Scheller College of Business Undergraduates. Professor Gibson previously worked as a senior digital marketing consultant for a restaurant chain, managing a range of chain-wide initiatives and sales innovation strategy. She is also a former educational consultant and 7th grade teacher. She holds an MBA from Georgia Tech and a BS in Education from Georgia State University. ​

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • MBA, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • BSE, Georgia State University

Awards & Honors

  • 2014 - Voted 2014 Ph.D. Candidate Instructor of the Year by Undergraduate Students, Scheller College of Business
  • 2010 - Dean’s Fellowship, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2005 - Outstanding 2nd Year MBA Student, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 1999 - Academic Excellence Award, Georgia State University

Courses

Degree Courses 2016-2017

Degree Courses 2015-2016

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Sluss, D.M., Ashforth, B.E., Gibson, K.R. (2012). The search for meaning in (new) work: Task significance and newcomer plasticity. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 81(2), 199-208.

Book Chapters

  • Murphy, W.C., Gibson, K.R., Kram, K.E. (2017). Advancing Women through Developmental Relationships. In S. Madsen (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Gender and Leadership. London: Edward Elgar Publishing

Presentations

  • Self-Compassion as a relational resource: Why being kind to yourself moderates your momentary relational responses
    Gibson, K. Self-Compassion as a relational resource: Why being kind to yourself moderates your momentary relational responses 2016 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Anaheim, CA (2016)
  • Work Spouse Relationships
    Heaphy, E., Booth, B., Gibson, K. Work Spouse Relationships Positive Relationships at Work Microcommunity March Meeting, Philadelphia, PA (2016)
  • A relational identity threat response model: How the ups and downs of workplace relationships drive discretionary behavior
    Gibson, K. A relational identity threat response model: How the ups and downs of workplace relationships drive discretionary behavior CompassionLab, Ann Arbor (2016)
  • How Job crafting resolves psychological contract break.
    Gibson, K., Harari, D. How Job crafting resolves psychological contract break. 2015 Positive Organizational Scholarship Research Conference, Orlando (2015)
  • The power of gratitude: How relational signals create connection with work
    Gibson, K., Sluss, D. The power of gratitude: How relational signals create connection with work 2015 World Congress of the International Positive Psychology Association, Orlando (2015)
  • Is that what you said? How subordinates use voice as a response to relational identity threat
    Gibson, K. Is that what you said? How subordinates use voice as a response to relational identity threat Annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Philadelphia, PA (2014)
  • Unintended consequences: How self-disclosure can disrupt workplace relationships
    Gibson, K., Marr, J., Sluss, D. Unintended consequences: How self-disclosure can disrupt workplace relationships Positive Relationships at Work Microcommunity March Meeting, Philadelphia, PA (2014)
  • Gratitude’s advantages and disadvantages: How role engagement changes the meaning of ‘Thank you’
    Gibson, K., Sluss, D. Gratitude’s advantages and disadvantages: How role engagement changes the meaning of ‘Thank you’ Annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Orlando, FL (2013)
  • Saying thank-you: Authentic and strategic gratitude and their effects on work relationships
    Gibson, K., Sluss, D. Saying thank-you: Authentic and strategic gratitude and their effects on work relationships Annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Boston, MA (2012)
  • Saying thank-you: Authentic and strategic gratitude and their effects on work relationships
    Gibson, K., Sluss, D. Saying thank-you: Authentic and strategic gratitude and their effects on work relationships Positive Relationships at Work Microcommunity March Meeting, Boston, MA (2012)
  • Talking about yourself at work: How perceived coworker support emerges from self-disclosure
    Gibson, K. Talking about yourself at work: How perceived coworker support emerges from self-disclosure Academy of Management Annual Meeting, San Antonio (2011)

Professional Services

  • Other
    Coaching for Leadership and Teamwork Program (2016)

Service

  • Recognition Committee
    (current)
  • Employee Relations Consortium Presenter
    (2017)
  • Faculty Senate
    (2017)
  • Babson Leadership Academy Seminar Presenter
    (2016)
  • Family and Friends Weekend Instructor
    (2016)
  • Family and Friends Weekend Instructor
    (2015)