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Department of Management

Professor Giuseppe (Joe) Labianca

Professor Giuseppe (Joe) Labianca

Distinguished Research Professor




Joe's main research stream focuses on understanding interpersonal conflict from a social network perspective, including what leads to these conflicts, the consequences of these conflicts for individuals and groups, and how the people in the broader network become involved in the conflicts. Joe was a research fellow at Penn State's Center for Research on Conflict and Negotiation. Joe also does social network-based research on groups, organizational gossip, innovation, post-merger integration, and organizational design.

Joe's research has appeared in such outlets as Science, the Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, the Journal of Applied Psychology, Social Networks, Advances in Strategic Management, and Research on the Sociology of Organizations, among others. He serves on the editorial boards of Organization Science, the Journal of Applied Psychology, Strategic Organization, and Organizational Psychology Review and has edited special issues of the Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, and Social Networks.

Joe joined the University of Exeter as a Distinguished Research Professor in 2019. He has also been on faculty at the University of Kentucky since 2006. Prior to that, Joe was on faculty at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. He has taught undergraduate, MBA, Professional MBA, Executive MBA, and Ph.D.-level courses in conflict and negotiations, organization and management, organization theory and design, organizational behavior, human resources management, strategy, and organizational change management at Penn State, Tulane, Emory, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and the University of Kentucky. He served on Tempur Sealy's Organization Development Leadership Council from 2014-2016 and consults with numerous companies.

Nationality: American


  • Ph.D.


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Research interests

  • Social networks in organizations
  • Organization design
  • Post-merger integration

Research projects

  • Examining post-merger integration from a social network perspective; studying how individuals going through a merger adjust their personal social networks to improve their career outcomes.
  • Examining how employees network at organizationally-sponsored events, such as conferences, and whether productive new social ties can be encouraged to develop.
  • Examining how best to organize an international research and development workforce to encourage efficient and effective innovation in a high-technology industry (research sponsored by the Australian Research Council).

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(eds)(2014). Contemporary Perspectives on Organizational Social Networks., Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Labianca G, Fairbank JF (2005). Interorganizational Monitoring: Process, Choices, and Outcomes. Abstract.

Journal articles

Smith J, Halgin D, Kidwell VL, Labianca GJ, Brass D, Borgatti S (In Press). Power in Politically Charged Networks. SSRN Electronic Journal
Woehler M, Floyd T, Shah N, Marineau J, Sung W, Grosser T, Fagan J, Labianca G (In Press). Turnover During a Corporate Merger: How Workplace Network Change Influences Staying. Journal of Applied Psychology
Singh K, Lee S, Labianca GJ, Fagan JM, Cha M (2023). Multi-Stage Machine Learning Model for Hierarchical Tie Valence Prediction. ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data, 17(6), 1-20. Abstract.
Floyd T, Gerbasi A, Labianca G (2023). The role of sociopolitical workplace networks in involuntary employee turnover. Social Networks, 76, 215-215.
Agneessens F, Labianca GJ (2022). Collecting survey-based social network information in work organizations. Social Networks, 68, 31-47.
Yang SW, Soltis SM, Ross JR, Labianca GJ (2021). Dormant tie reactivation as an affiliative coping response to stressors during the COVID-19 crisis. J Appl Psychol, 106(4), 489-500. Abstract.  Author URL.
Marineau JE, Labianca G (2021). Positive and negative tie perceptual accuracy: Pollyanna principle vs. negative asymmetry explanations. Social Networks, 64, 83-98. Abstract.
Harrigan NM, Labianca G, Agneessens F (2020). Negative ties and signed graphs research: Stimulating research on dissociative forces in social networks. Social Networks, 60, 1-10.
Grosser TJ, Obstfeld D, Labianca GJ, Borgatti SP (2019). Measuring Mediation and Separation Brokerage Orientations: a Further Step Toward Studying the Social Network Brokerage Process. Academy of Management Discoveries, 5(2), 114-136.
Grosser TJ, Obstfeld D, Choi EW, Woehler M, Lopez-Kidwell V, Labianca G, Borgatti SP (2018). A sociopolitical perspective on employee innovativeness and job performance: the role of political skill and network structure. Organization Science, 29(4), 612-632. Abstract.
Purdy J, Kish-Gephart J, Labianca GJ, Ansari S (2018). Connections and Collaboration—Celebrating the Contributions of Barbara Gray. Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, 11(1), 88-107. Abstract.
Marineau JE, Labianca G, Brass DJ, Borgatti SP, Vecchi P (2018). Individuals’ power and their social network accuracy: a situated cognition perspective. Social Networks, 54, 145-161. Abstract.
Marineau JE, Hood AC, Labianca GJ (2018). Multiplex Conflict: Examining the Effects of Overlapping Task and Relationship Conflict on Advice Seeking in Organizations. Journal of Business and Psychology, 33(5), 595-610. Abstract.
Lopez-Kidwell V, Niven K, Labianca G (2018). Predicting workplace relational dynamics using an affective model of relationships. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 39(9), 1129-1141. Abstract.
Grosser TJ, Venkataramani V, Labianca GJ (2017). An alter-centric perspective on employee innovation: the importance of alters' creative self-efficacy and network structure. Journal of Applied Psychology, 102(9), 1360-1374. Abstract.
Ahmad W, Stufhaut M, Labianca J (2017). Collaborative Dynamics of Creative Teams: Modeling Creative Process in Advertising Design. Business & Economic Review, 9(4), 159-182.
Sung W, Woehler ML, Fagan JM, Grosser TJ, Floyd TM, Labianca GJ (2017). Employees’ responses to an organizational merger: Intraindividual change in organizational identification, attachment, and turnover. Journal of Applied Psychology, 102(6), 910-934.
Shah A, Shah HA, Smith JM, Labianca G (2017). Judicial efficiency and capital structure: an international study. Journal of Corporate Finance, 44, 255-274. Abstract.
de Klepper MC, (Joe) Labianca G, Sleebos E, Agneessens F (2017). Sociometric Status and Peer Control Attempts: a Multiple Status Hierarchies Approach. Journal of Management Studies, 54(1), 1-31. Abstract.
Marineau JE, Labianca GJ, Kane GC (2016). Direct and indirect negative ties and individual performance. Social Networks, 44, 238-252. Abstract.
Sterling CM, Labianca GJ (2015). Costly comparisons: Managing envy in the workplace. Organizational Dynamics, 44(4), 296-305.
Casciaro T, Barsade SG, Edmondson AC, Gibson CB, Krackhardt D, Labianca G (2015). The integration of psychological and network perspectives in organizational scholarship. Organization Science, 26(4), 1162-1176. Abstract.
Labianca G (2014). Negative ties in organizational networks. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 40, 239-259. Abstract.
Shipilov A, Labianca G, Kalnysh V, Kalnysh Y (2014). Network-building behavioral tendencies, range, and promotion speed. Social Networks, 39(1), 71-83. Abstract.
Venkataramani V, Labianca GJ, Grosser T (2014). Positive and Negative Workplace Relationships, Social Satisfaction, and Organizational Attachment (vol 98, pg 1028, 2013). JOURNAL OF APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY, 99(3), 450-450.  Author URL.
Smith JM, Halgin DS, Kidwell-Lopez V, Labianca G, Brass DJ, Borgatti SP (2014). Power in politically charged networks. Social Networks, 36(1), 162-176. Abstract.
Kane GC, Alavi M, Labianca G, Borgatti SP (2014). What's different about social media networks? a framework and research agenda. MIS Quarterly: Management Information Systems, 38(1), 275-304. Abstract.
Soltis SM, Agneessens F, Sasovova Z, Labianca G (2013). A social network perspective on turnover intentions: the role of distributive justice and social support. Human Resource Management, 52(4), 561-584. Abstract.
Sterling C, Lopez-Kidwell V, Labianca G, Moon H (2013). Managing sequential task portfolios in the face of temporal atypicality and task complexity. Human Performance, 26(4), 327-351. Abstract.
Venkataramani V, Labianca GJ, Grosser T (2013). Positive and negative workplace relationships, social satisfaction, and organizational attachment. Journal of Applied Psychology, 98(6), 1028-1039. Abstract.
Okhuysen GA, Lepak D, Ashcraft KL, Labianca GJ, Smith V, Steensma HK (2013). Theories of work and working today. Academy of Management Review, 38(4), 491-502. Abstract.
(2012). <b>Call for Papers</b>—Special Issue on the Psychology of Organizational Networks. Organization Science, 23(2), 596-596.
Grosser TJ, Lopez-Kidwell V, Labianca GL, Ellwardt L (2012). Hearing it through the grapevine. Positive and negative workplace gossip. Organizational Dynamics, 41(1), 52-61.
Ellwardt L, Labianca GJ, Wittek R (2012). Who are the objects of positive and negative gossip at work?. A social network perspective on workplace gossip. Social Networks, 34(2), 193-205. Abstract.
Kane GC, Labianca G (2011). IS Avoidance in health-care groups: a multilevel investigation. Information Systems Research, 22(3), 504-522. Abstract.
Grosser TJ, Lopez-Kidwell V, Labianca G (2010). A social network analysis of positive and negative gossip in organizational life. Group and Organization Management, 35(2), 177-212. Abstract.
Labianca GJ (2010). It's Not "Unprofessional" to Gossip at Work. HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW, 88(9), 28-29.  Author URL.
Borgatti SP, Mehra A, Brass DJ, Labianca G (2009). Network analysis in the social sciences. Science, 323(5916), 892-895. Abstract.
Labianca G, Fairbank JF, Andrevski G, Parzen M (2009). Striving toward the future: Aspiration-performance discrepancies and planned organizational change. Strategic Organization, 7(4), 433-466. Abstract.
Fabian F, Molina H, Labianca G (2009). Understanding decisions to internationalize by small and medium-sized firms located in an emerging market. Management International Review, 49(5), 537-563. Abstract.
Oh H, Labianca G, Chung MH (2006). A multilevel model of group social capital. Academy of Management Review, 31(3), 569-582. Abstract.
Labianca G, Brass DJ (2006). Exploring the social ledger: Negative relationships and negative asymmetry in social networks in organizations. Academy of Management Review, 31(3), 596-614. Abstract.
Fairbank JF, Labianca G, Steensma HK, Metters R (2006). Information processing design choices, strategy, and risk management performance. Journal of Management Information Systems, 23(1), 293-319. Abstract.
Labianca G, Moon H, Watt I (2005). When is an hour not 60 minutes? Deadlines, temporal schemata, and individual and task group performance. Academy of Management Journal, 48(4), 677-694. Abstract.
Oh H, Chung MHO, Labianca G (2004). Group social capital and group effectiveness: the role of informal socializing ties. Academy of Management Journal, 47(6), 860-875. Abstract.
Labianca J (2004). The ties that blind. HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW, 82(10), 19-+.  Author URL.
Umphress EE, Labianca G, Brass DJ, Kass E, Scholten L (2003). The Role of Instrumental and Expressive Social Ties in Employees' Perceptions of Organizational Justice. Organization Science, 14(6). Abstract.
Joshi A, Labianca G, Caligiuri PM (2002). Getting along long distance: Understanding conflict in a multinational team through network analysis. Journal of World Business, 37(4), 277-284. Abstract.
Labianca G, Fairbank JF, Thomas JB, Gioia DA, Umphress EE (2001). Emulation in Academia: Balancing Structure and Identity. Organization Science, 12(3), 312-330. Abstract.
Labianca G, Gray B, Brass DJ (2000). A Grounded Model of Organizational Schema Change during Empowerment. Organization Science, 11(2), 235-257. Abstract.
Labianca G, Brass DJ, Gray B (1998). Social networks and perceptions of intergroup conflict: the role of negative relationships and third parties. Academy of Management Journal, 41(1), 55-67. Abstract.


Brass DJ, Labianca G (2012). Social Networks and Negotiation. In  (Ed) The Psychology of Negotiations in the 21st Century Workplace: New Challenges and New Solutions, 245-268. Abstract.
Brass DJ, Labianca G (2012). Social networks and negotiation. In  (Ed) Century Workplace: New Challanges and New Solutions, 245-267.
Hughes-Morgan M, Ferrier WJ, Labianca G (2011). Chapter 11: the Joint Effect of Top Management Team Heterogeneity and Competitive Behavior on Stock Returns and Risk. In  (Ed) The Handbook of Research on Top Management Teams, Edward Elgar Publishing.
Hughes-Morgan M, Ferrier WJ, Labianca G (2011). The joint effect of top management team heterogeneity and competitive behavior on stock returns and risk. In  (Ed) The Handbook of Research on Top Management Teams, 261-283.
Mehra A, Brass DJ, Borgatti SP, Labianca G (2010). A Network Perspective on Mega-Engineering Projects. In  (Ed) Engineering Earth, Springer Netherlands, 769-782.
Brass DJ, Labianca G (1999). Social Capital, Social Liabilities, and Social Resources Management. In  (Ed) Corporate Social Capital and Liability, Springer US, 323-338.


Sung W, Labianca GJ, Fagan JM (2018). Executives’ network change and their promotability during a merger. Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. Abstract.
Marineau JE, Labianca GJ (2010). Work and personal based conflict and advice and knowledge seeking relationships. Abstract.
Marineau JE, Labianca GJ (2010). Work and personal based conflict and advice and knowledge seeking relationships. Abstract.
Sterling CM, Lopez-Kidwell V, Labianca G (2009). Task transition and pacing: the role of temporal atypicality, task complexity, and individual time orientation. Abstract.
Sterling CM, Lopez-Kidwell V, Labianca G (2009). Task transition and pacing: the role of temporal atypicality, task complexity, and individual time orientation. Abstract.
Shipilov A, Labianca G, Kalnysh V, Kalnysh Y (2007). Career-related network building behaviors, range social capital, and career outcomes. Abstract.
Shipilov A, Labianca G, Kalnysh V, Kalnysh Y (2007). Career-related network building behaviors, range social capital, and career outcomes. Abstract.

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External Engagement and Impact

External positions

  • Gatton Chaired Professor of Management at the University of Kentucky, USA

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  • Conflict and negotiations

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