Jennifer Tosti-Kharas

Assistant Professor

Academic Division: Management
Tomasso
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Bio

Jennifer Tosti-Kharas is an assistant professor of organizational behavior at Babson College. She teaches organizational behavior and leadership at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She is also one of the faculty members affiliated with the Coaching for Leadership and Teamwork (CLTP) program at Babson. Prior to joining Babson, she was an assistant professor of management at San Francisco State University. Prof. Tosti-Kharas’s research explores how employees manage their work lives and careers over time, particularly during periods of transition, such as involuntary job loss, organizational change, and personal setbacks. Her current projects examine how employees utilize psychological resources to demonstrate resilience, construct coherent identities, and find meaning in their work despite these career challenges. Among the resources she investigates are organizational identification, work as a calling, and ideologies of sustainability and social justice. Her research has been published in outlets such as Personnel Psychology, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Managerial Psychology, and Journal of Career Assessment. Her research on organizational citizenship behavior toward the environment received the 2013 Best Micro Paper award from Group & Organization Management. Tosti-Kharas serves on the editorial board for Journal of Organizational Behavior and has served as a representative-at-large for the Careers Division of the Academy of Management. She has been twice recognized as a Best Reviewer at the Academy of Management. Before entering academia, she worked as a strategy consultant at Accenture, specializing in the communications, media, and entertainment industries. She earned her PhD in management from New York University’s Stern School of Business, and her BS in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. ​​

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, Stern School of Business, New York University
  • M. Phil, Stern School of Business, New York University
  • BS, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Academic Interests

Organizational behavior, Careers, Calling and the meaning of work, Identity and identification, Employee sustainability

Awards & Honors

  • 2016 - BFRF Mini-Grant, Babson Faculty Research Fund
  • 2016 - BFRF Mini-Grant, Babson Faculty Research Fund
  • 2015 - BFRF Mini-Grant, Babson Faculty Research Fund
  • 2015 - Best Symposium Nominee, Academy of Management Careers Division
  • 2013 - Presidential Award for Probationary Faculty, San Francisco State University
  • 2013 - Best Paper, Micro Category, Group & Organization Management
  • 2012 - Best Reviewer, Academy of Management, Careers Division
  • 2010 - Best Reviewer, Academy of Management, Careers Division

Courses

Degree Courses 2016-2017

  • MOB 7200: BL1 CREATING AND LEADING EFFECTIVE ORGS
  • MOB 7200: CREATING AND LEADING EFFECTIVE ORGS

Degree Courses 2015-2016

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Tosti-Kharas, J., Lamm, E., Thomas, T.E. (2016). Organization OR Environment? Disentangling Employees’ Rationales Behind Organizational Citizenship Behavior for the Environment Organization & Environment, 24.
  • Tosti-Kharas, J., Conley, C.A. (2016). Coding Psychological Constructs in Text Using Mechanical Turk: A Reliable, Accurate, and Efficient Alternative. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 9.
  • Lamm, E., Tosti-Kharas, J., King, C.E. (2015). Empowering employee sustainability: Perceived organizational support toward the environment. Journal of Business Ethics, 128(1), 207-220.
  • Conley, C.A., Tosti-Kharas, J. (2014). Crowdsourcing content analysis for managerial research. Management Decision, 52(4), 675-688.
  • Kleinrichert, D., Tosti-Kharas, J., Albert, M., Eng, J.P. (2013). The Effect of a Business and Society Course on Business Student Attitudes Toward Corporate Social Responsibility. Journal of Education for Business, 88(4), 230-237. link
  • Lamm, E., Tosti-Kharas, J., Williams, E. (2013). Read this article, but don’t print it: Organizational citizenship behavior toward the environment. Group & Organization Management, 38(2), 163-197.
  • Tosti-Kharas, J. (2012). Continued organizational identification following involuntary job loss. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 27(8), 829-847.
  • Dobrow, S.R., Tosti-Kharas, J. (2012). Listen to your heart: Calling and receptivity to career advice. Journal of Career Assessment, 20(3), 264-280.
  • Dobrow, S.R., Tosti-Kharas, J. (2011). Calling: The development of a scale measure. Personnel Psychology, 64(4), 1001-1049.

Articles

  • Michaelson, C., Tosti-Kharas, J. (2016, September 9) Work worth dying for?. Huffington Post. link

Book Chapters

  • Dokko, G., Tosti-Kharas, J., Barbulescu, R. (in press). Bridging micro and macro: An interdisciplinary review of theories used in career studies. In H. Gunz, M. Lazarova & W. Mayrhofer (Ed.), Routledge Companion to Career Studies. New York, NY: Routledge
  • Riza, S.D., Tosti-Kharas, J. (2017). Work as a calling. In S. G. Rogelberg (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications
  • Murphy, W.C., Chandler, D.E., Tosti-Kharas, J. (2016). Developing Millennial leaders: A careers approach. In M. Sharabi (Ed.), Generational Differences in Work Values and Work Ethic: An International Perspective. Commack, NY: Nova Science Publishers
  • Wrzesniewski, A., Tosti-Kharas, J. (2006). Career as a calling. In J. H. Greenhaus & G. A. Callanan (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Career Development. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications

Presentations

  • The cost of calling? A mixed-method investigation of the financial impact of pursuing meaningful work
    Tosti-Kharas, J., Riza, S., Kappes, H. The cost of calling? A mixed-method investigation of the financial impact of pursuing meaningful work Conference on Organizations with Purpose, London, UK (2016)
  • Portraits of grief: Loved ones’ perceptions of the place of work in the good life
    Michaelson, C., Tosti-Kharas, J. Portraits of grief: Loved ones’ perceptions of the place of work in the good life Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Anaheim, CA (2016)
  • Innovating how we teach innovation: Innovation and entrepreneurship - courses, resources, and incubators
    Yamakawa, Y., Fixson, S., Tosti-Kharas, J. Innovating how we teach innovation: Innovation and entrepreneurship - courses, resources, and incubators Academy of Management Conference, Anaheim (2016)
  • Portraits of grief: Loved ones’ perceptions of the place of work in the good life
    Michaelson, C., Tosti-Kharas, J. Portraits of grief: Loved ones’ perceptions of the place of work in the good life May Meaning Meeting, Muir Beach, CA (2016)
  • Employee career resilience during the financial crisis
    Tosti-Kharas, J., Caza, B. Employee career resilience during the financial crisis Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC (2015)
  • Examining employee career resilience during the financial crisis
    Tosti-Kharas, J., Caza, B. Examining employee career resilience during the financial crisis May Meaning Meeting, New Haven, CT (2015)
  • Disentangling attitudes toward business sustainability
    Thomas, T., Tosti-Kharas, J., Lamm, E. Disentangling attitudes toward business sustainability Western Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Kauai, HI (2015)
  • Expressive writing, attribution, and employee resilience during the financial crisis
    Tosti-Kharas, J. Expressive writing, attribution, and employee resilience during the financial crisis Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Philadelphia, PA (2014)
  • Illuminating the consequences of turning off the lights: The relationship between organizational citizenship behavior toward the environment and employee attitudes
    Tosti-Kharas, J., Lamm, E., King, C. Illuminating the consequences of turning off the lights: The relationship between organizational citizenship behavior toward the environment and employee attitudes Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Philadelphia, PA (2014)
  • Reflections on calling experiments: A manipulation success story
    Tosti-Kharas, J., Dobrow, S. Reflections on calling experiments: A manipulation success story May Meaning Meeting, Ann Arbor, MI (2013)
  • Moral identity work: Persevering in the wake of negative work events
    Tosti-Kharas, J., Barbulescu, R., Ibarra, H. Moral identity work: Persevering in the wake of negative work events Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Boston, MA (2012)
  • The construction of self-narratives following negative work events: Forms, contingencies, and consequences for identity growth
    Tosti-Kharas, J., Barbulescu, R., Ibarra, H. The construction of self-narratives following negative work events: Forms, contingencies, and consequences for identity growth May Meaning Meeting, New Haven, CT (2012)
  • Listen to Your Heart? Calling and Receptivity to Career Advice
    Dobrow, S., Tosti-Kharas, J. Listen to Your Heart? Calling and Receptivity to Career Advice Acadent of Management Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX (2011)
  • Read This Article, But Don’t Print It: Organizational Sustainability Behavior
    Lamm, E., Tosti-Kharas, J., Williams, E. Read This Article, But Don’t Print It: Organizational Sustainability Behavior Acadent of Management Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX (2011)
  • Listen to Your Heart? Calling and Receptivity to Career Advice
    Dobrow, S., Tosti-Kharas, J. Listen to Your Heart? Calling and Receptivity to Career Advice European Group for Organization Studies, Gothenberg, Sweden (2011)
  • Listen to Your Heart? Calling and Receptivity to Career Advice
    Dobrow, S., Tosti-Kharas, J. Listen to Your Heart? Calling and Receptivity to Career Advice May Meaning Meeting, Sundance, UT (2011)
  • Crowdsourcing content analysis for behavioral research: Insights from Mechanical Turk
    Conley, C., Tosti-Kharas, J. Crowdsourcing content analysis for behavioral research: Insights from Mechanical Turk Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Montreal, Quebec (2010)
  • Daring to care for early career faculty: Innovative models to support transition and foster success
    Tosti-Kharas, J. Daring to care for early career faculty: Innovative models to support transition and foster success Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Montreal, Quebec (2010)
  • Moving away, moving on, or staying locked in: Narratives of coping with unemployment
    Barbulescu, R., Tosti-Kharas, J., Ibarra, H. Moving away, moving on, or staying locked in: Narratives of coping with unemployment Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Montreal, Quebec (2010)
  • Calling ‘a calling’ a calling: The development of a scale measure
    Tosti-Kharas, J., Dobrow, S. Calling ‘a calling’ a calling: The development of a scale measure May Meaning Meeting, Boston, MA (2010)
  • Professional identity and employee adjustment during involuntary employment transition
    Tosti-Kharas, J. Professional identity and employee adjustment during involuntary employment transition Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (2009)
  • Using biographical data in organizational research: Learning from our own experience
    Tosti-Kharas, J., Dokko, G. Using biographical data in organizational research: Learning from our own experience Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (2009)