At the 2009 meeting of the Academy of Management, Molinsky and co-author Joshua Margolis were honored with the Outstanding Publication in Organizational Behavior Award. Their publication,
“Navigating the bind of necessary evils: Psychological engagement and the production of interpersonally sensitive behavior,” focuses on a difficult necessity of professional life: doing harm in order to do good. Using data from managers as well as doctors, police officers, and addiction counselors, Molinsky and Margolis examine how individuals respond when they have to perform such “necessary evils” as laying off employees or, in the case of health-care professionals, undertaking procedures that cause a patient physical pain.
Molinsky and Margolis received the award at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management which recognized the paper as a significant contribution to the advancement of the field of Organizational Behavior.
"I’m thrilled to receive this honor. I care about doing work that makes a difference, and it’s very exciting to have my research be acknowledged in this way."
A member of the faculty at Brandeis IBS since 2001, Molinsky specializes in the study of how individuals cope with emotionally demanding aspects of their jobs, including the difficulty of adapting to foreign cultural environments (click here for full bio). Molinsky’s cross-cultural research complements the School’s global business focus, and it reflects Molinsky’s own international career path. In addition to earning his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University, Molinsky worked and studied in Paris, Madrid, and Vienna.
"I believe that my work on necessary evils and adapting to foreign environments addresses important, and often overlooked, challenges people face in their professional lives. As for next steps, I am working on understanding how people can successfully navigate these stressful, but essential tasks, and how companies can most effectively help them succeed in this endeavor. "