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 from New York University’s Stern School of Business, and her BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Prof. T-K’s research explores career development, with a particular focus on meaningful work and work as a calling. Her research has been published in outlets such as Personnel Psychology, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Business Ethics, 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. She is on the editorial board of Journal of Organizational Behavior. Jen has been elected Treasurer of the Careers Division of the Academy of Management, and recognized several times as a Best Reviewer.

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 (still going strong). 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 Interests

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

Awards & Honors

  • 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 2019

    • MOB 7200 CREATING AND LEADING EFFECTIVE ORGS
  • Degree Courses 2018

    • MOB 7200 BL2 CREATING AND LEADING EFFECTIVE ORGS
    • MOB 7200 MI CREATING AND LEADING EFFECTIVE ORGS
    • MOB 7200 CREATING AND LEADING EFFECTIVE ORGS
    • FME 1001 FOUNDATIONS OF MGMT & ENTREPRENEURS

Publications

Journal Articles

  • 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.
  • 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. (in press). "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. (in press). 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

  • 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)
  • Calling attention to 20 years of research: A meta-analysis of calling Weisman, H. Dobrow Riza, S. Tosti-Kharas, J. Heller, D. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (2018)
  • A normative theory of work meaning emerging from close relations' perspectives on work Michaelson, C. Tosti-Kharas, J. Annual Meeting of the European Group for Organizational Studies, Tallinn, Estonia (2018)
  • Macbeth Spiess, S. Tosti-Kharas, J. Macbeth & Leadership, Babson College (2018)
  • Called to serve: Career calling and commitment in the U.S. military DiRenzo, M. Tosti-Kharas, J. Powley, E. Western Academy of Management, Salt Lake City, UT (2018)
  • Called to act: Exploring the role of calling in social entrepreneurship Desa, G. Kleinrichert, D. Tosti-Kharas, J. Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Annual Conference, Brisbane, Australia (2018)
  • Called to act: Exploring the role of calling in social entrepreneurship Kleinrichert, D. Desa, G. Tosti-Kharas, J. 14th Annual Social Entrepreneurship Conference, Boston, MA (2017)
  • Insights on the ethics of calling through the eyes of close relations Michaelson, C. Tosti-Kharas, J. Conference on Callings and Careers, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2017)
  • Embedded: Calling and desired career mobility in the U.S. military Tosti-Kharas, J. DiRenzo, M. Powley, E. Conference on Careers and Callings, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2017)
  • Always look on the bright side of life? A meta-analysis of calling Riza, S. Tosti-Kharas, J. Heller, D. Weisman, H. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA (2017)
  • Portraits of grief: Project update Michaelson, C. Tosti-Kharas, J. May Meaning Meeting, Boston, MA (2017)
  • The cost of calling? A mixed-method investigation of the financial impact of pursuing meaningful work Tosti-Kharas, J. Riza, S. Kappes, H. 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. 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. 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. May Meaning Meeting, Muir Beach, CA (2016)
  • Employee career resilience during the financial crisis Tosti-Kharas, J. Caza, B. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC (2015)
  • Examining employee career resilience during the financial crisis Tosti-Kharas, J. Caza, B. May Meaning Meeting, New Haven, CT (2015)
  • Disentangling attitudes toward business sustainability Thomas, T. Tosti-Kharas, J. Lamm, E. Western Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Kauai, HI (2015)
  • Expressive writing, attribution, and employee resilience during the financial crisis Tosti-Kharas, J. 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. Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Philadelphia, PA (2014)
  • Reflections on calling experiments: A manipulation success story Tosti-Kharas, J. Dobrow, S. 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. 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. May Meaning Meeting, New Haven, CT (2012)
  • Listen to Your Heart? Calling and Receptivity to Career Advice Dobrow, S. Tosti-Kharas, J. 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. Acadent of Management Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX (2011)
  • Listen to Your Heart? Calling and Receptivity to Career Advice Dobrow, S. Tosti-Kharas, J. European Group for Organization Studies, Gothenberg, Sweden (2011)
  • Listen to Your Heart? Calling and Receptivity to Career Advice Dobrow, S. Tosti-Kharas, J. May Meaning Meeting, Sundance, UT (2011)
  • Crowdsourcing content analysis for behavioral research: Insights from Mechanical Turk Conley, C. Tosti-Kharas, J. 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. 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. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Montreal, Quebec (2010)
  • Calling ‘a calling’ a calling: The development of a scale measure Tosti-Kharas, J. Dobrow, S. May Meaning Meeting, Boston, MA (2010)
  • Professional identity and employee adjustment during involuntary employment transition Tosti-Kharas, J. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (2009)
  • Using biographical data in organizational research: Learning from our own experience Tosti-Kharas, J. Dokko, G. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (2009)
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