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Faculty Profiles

Jennifer Tosti-Kharas

  • Associate Professor
Academic Division: Management

Bio

Jennifer Tosti-Kharas is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at Babson College. She teaches organizational behavior and leadership in the undergraduate, graduate, and executive programs. Prior to joining Babson, she was an Assistant Professor of Management at San Francisco State University. She earned her PhD in Management with an emphasis on Organizational Behavior from New York University's Stern School of Business, and her BS in Economics with concentrations in Management and Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Prof. T-K's research explores career development, with a focus on meaningful work and work as a calling. Her research has been published in outlets such as Academy of Management Review, Personnel Psychology, Academy of Management Perspectives, and Journal of Vocational Behavior. Her research on calling won the 2019 Best Overall Paper Award from the Careers Division of the Academy of Management. She also received the 2013 Best Micro Paper award from Group & Organization Management for her work on employee pro-environmental behaviors. She is co-author of the forthcoming "digital first" textbook, Organizational Behavior: Developing Skills for Managers (Pearson), and co-editor of the forthcoming Handbook of Research Methods in Careers (Edward Elgar).

Prof. T-K is the Chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Babson College. Jen is currently serving a three-year term as elected Treasurer of the Careers Division of the Academy of Management, and has been recognized several times as a Best Reviewer there. She is on the editorial board of Journal of Organizational Behavior, and is a guest editor for the upcoming Journal of Business Ethics Special Issue on "Ethics and the Future of Meaningful Work" (please see link below for more information).

Before entering academia, Prof. T-K worked as a strategy consultant at Accenture in New York City, specializing in the communications, media, and entertainment industries. She has appeared as a (winning!) contestant on the television game show Cash Cab, and officiated one marriage. In her free time, Jen enjoys skiing, hiking, and seeing live music with her husband and two kids.

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 Interest / Expertise

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

Awards & Honors

  • 2020 — Best Symposium Nominee, Academy of Management Careers Division
  • 2019 — Babson Research Scholar Award, Babson College
  • 2019 — Best Overall Paper Award, Academy of Management Careers Division
  • 2019 — Best Reviewer, Academy of Management, Careers Division
  • 2018 — Favorite Professor Honorable Mention, Babson College BL MBA
  • 2018 — Graduate School Excellence in Service Award, Babson College
  • 2018 — Faculty Research Fund Course Release, Babson College
  • 2018 — Best Symposium Proposal Award, Academy of Management Management & Spirituality Division
  • 2017 — 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
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Courses

  • Degree Courses 2020

    • MOB 6111 CREATING YOU:BUILDING YOUR PROF LIFE
    • MSM 6101 LEAP:LEADING ENTREPREN ACTION PROJECT
    • HUM 4605 THE NATURE CULTURE AND FUTURE OF WORK
  • Degree Courses 2019

    • MOB 6110 CREATING YOU:BLDG PROFESSIONAL LIFE
    • MSM 6100 LEADING ENTREPRENEURIAL ACTION PROJECT
    • MOB 7200 MI CREATING AND LEADING EFFECTIVE ORGS
    • MOB 7200 CREATING AND LEADING EFFECTIVE ORGS

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Michaelson, C., Tosti-Kharas, J. (2020). A world changed: What post-9/11 stories tell us about the position of America, purpose of business, and meaning of work. Academy of Management Review. link
  • Wynstra, C.B., Cummings, K.H., Rodgers, V.L., Stillwagon, J.R., Tosti-Kharas, J. (in press). "Teaching 'Beyond the Horizon': Transdisciplinary Approaches". Eugene O'Neill Review, The. Penn State University Press.
  • Tosti-Kharas, J., Michaelson, C. (in press). To mean is to be perceived: Studying the meaning of work through the eyes of others. Academy of Management Perspectives.
  • Michaelson, C., Tosti-Kharas, J. (in press). Serving self or serving others? Close relations’ perspectives on ethics and calling. Journal of Vocational Behavior. Vol: 114, Page: 19-30.
  • Tosti-Kharas, J., Lamm, E., Thomas, T.E. (2017). Organization OR Environment? Disentangling Employees’ Rationales Behind Organizational Citizenship Behavior for the Environment. Organization & Environment. Vol: 30, Issue: 3, Page: 187-210. Sage Publications, Inc..
  • Tosti-Kharas, J., Conley, C.A. (2016). Coding Psychological Constructs in Text Using Mechanical Turk: A Reliable, Accurate, and Efficient Alternative. Frontiers in Psychology. Vol: 7, Page: 9. Frontiers Research Foundation.
  • Lamm, E., Tosti-Kharas, J., King, C.E. (2015). Empowering employee sustainability: Perceived organizational support toward the environment. Journal of Business Ethics. Vol: 128, Issue: 1, Page: 207-220. Springer Netherlands.
  • Conley, C.A., Tosti-Kharas, J. (2014). Crowdsourcing content analysis for managerial research. Management Decision. Vol: 52, Issue: 4, Page: 675-688. Emerald Publishing Limited.
  • 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. Vol: 88, Issue: 4, Page: 230-237. Routledge. 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. Vol: 38, Issue: 2, Page: 163-197.
  • Tosti-Kharas, J. (2012). Continued organizational identification following involuntary job loss. Journal of Managerial Psychology. Vol: 27, Issue: 8, Page: 829-847. Emerald Publishing Limited.
  • Dobrow, S.R., Tosti-Kharas, J. (2012). Listen to your heart: Calling and receptivity to career advice. Journal of Career Assessment. Vol: 20, Issue: 3, Page: 264-280. Sage Publications, Inc..
  • Dobrow, S.R., Tosti-Kharas, J. (2011). Calling: The development of a scale measure. Personnel Psychology. Vol: 64, Issue: 4, Page: 1001-1049.

Books

  • Lamm, E., Tosti-Kharas, J. (2018). Organizational Behavior: Developing Management Skills (Beta Release). Pearson Education, Inc..

Cases and Teaching Notes

  • Tosti-Kharas, J., Levinson, J.R. (2020). "Downsizing is about saving yourself:" The paradoxical nature of work and career success in Downsizing. SAGE Business Case Series on the Humanities and Arts in Business.

Book Chapters

  • Dokko, G., Tosti-Kharas, J., Barbulescu, R. (2020). Bridging micro and macro: An interdisciplinary review of theories used in career studies: Routledge Companion to Career Studies. Routledge.
  • Riza, S.D., Tosti-Kharas, J. (2017). Work as a calling: The SAGE Encyclopedia of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Issue: 2nd Edition. Sage Publications.
  • Murphy, W.C., Chandler, D.E., Tosti-Kharas, J. (2016). Developing Millennial leaders: A careers approach: Generational Differences in Work Values and Work Ethic: An International Perspective. Nova Science Publishers.
  • Wrzesniewski, A., Tosti-Kharas, J. (2006). Career as a calling: Encyclopedia of Career Development. Sage Publications.

Articles - Circular or newsletter (e.g., Babson Insight)

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

Presentations

  • Silver Screen Solutions: Teaching Management Topics Using Recently Released Films Levinson, J. Tosti-Kharas, J. Academy of Management Conference, Boston, MA (2019)
  • Generation Me or Generation We? A Critical Review and Research Agenda for Understanding Millennials’ Careers Tosti-Kharas, J. Chanland, D. Murphy, W. Dobrow, S. Academy of Management , Chicago, IL (2018)
  • Macbeth Spiess, S. Tosti-Kharas, J. Macbeth & Leadership, Babson College (2018)
  • Innovating how we teach innovation: Innovation and entrepreneurship - courses, resources, and incubators Yamakawa, Y. Fixson, S. Tosti-Kharas, J. Academy of Management Conference, Anaheim (2016)
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