UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Shaping Leaders, Driving Results

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Michael Christian

Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior

4723 McColl
CB #3490
Chapel Hill, NC

 office: (919) 962-2983

Mike Christian’s research focuses on understanding how energy, engagement, self-control and other self-regulatory processes affect behavior at work. His work focuses on how these factors dynamically relate to unethical behavior as well as desirable work performance.

He has examined:

  • How daily fluctuations in human energy resulting from somatic pain lead to ebbs and flow in engagement and withdrawal at work
  • The effects of sleep deprivation on deviant and unethical behavior in the workplace, and how caffeine might reduce these effects while unethical social influence exacerbates them
  • The “slippery slope” of unethical behavior, identifying the regulatory role of moral disengagement in leading people to commit increasingly larger ethical transgressions

Dr. Christian has an ongoing interest in human resource management. He has worked with organizations, including the Tucson Police Department and the South Central Public Health Training Center, on issues concerning employee selection, promotion and training.

Administrative Science Quarterly, The Academy of Management Journal, The Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Personnel Psychology and The Journal of Management have published his research.

Dr. Christian received his PhD in management from the University of Arizona, his master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from Tulane University and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.