University of Texas at Austin
McCombs School of Business McCombs School of Business

Shefali Patil


Department: Management

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CBA 4.258

Biography Shefali V. Patil, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Management. She studies ways to overcome the recurring decision making and sociopolitical challenges of operating in high-risk environments, including (a) coping with public scrutiny and misperceptions, (b) adapting to monitoring technologies such as body worn cameras, and (c) reducing the opposing errors of excessively conforming to or deviating from standard decision practices. She has examined these questions working with over 15 U.S. law enforcement agencies, the U.S. Army, and emergency medical rescue/healthcare organizations. Her research appears in top academic journals, including Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Police Quarterly, and Research in Organizational Behavior, and has received wide media coverage from local and national outlets, including Salon, ScienceDaily, Psych Central, EurekAlert, National Affairs, Newswise, Newsy, International Business Times, Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, Austin American-Statesman, San Francisco Chronicle, Utah Public Radio, and Texas Standard. She received the BBA Faculty Honor Roll teaching award and participates in the UT Academy of Distinguished Teachers’ Society for Teaching Excellence.

She earned her B.S. in Management and Organizations, summa cum laude and Beta Gamma Sigma honors, from the Stern School of Business at New York University, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Shefali Patil and Ethan S. Bernstein. Uncovering the Mitigating Psychological Response to Monitoring Technologies: Police Body Cameras Not Only Constrain but Also Depolarize. Organization Science, forthcoming.
Shefali Patil. 2019. "The Public Doesn't Understand": The Self-reinforcing Interplay of Image Discrepancies and Political Ideologies in Law Enforcement. Administrative Science Quarterly 64(3), 737-769.
Shefali Patil and R. D. Lebel. 2019. “I want to serve but the public does not understand:” Prosocial Motivation, Image Discrepancies, and Proactivity in Public Safety. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes 154, 34-48.
R. D. Lebel and Shefali Patil. 2018. Proactivity Despite Discouraging Supervisors: The Powerful Role of Prosocial Motivation. Journal of Applied Psychology 103(7), 724-737.
Shefali Patil. 2018. Public Support for the Punishment of Police Use of Force Errors: Evidence of Ideological Divergence and Convergence. Police Quarterly 21(3), 358-386.
Shefali Patil, P.E. Tetlock, and Barbara A. Mellers. 2017. Accountability Systems and Group Norms: Balancing the Risks of Mindless Conformity and Reckless Deviation. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making 30(2), 282-303.
S. L. Blader, Shefali Patil, and D. Packer. 2017. Organizational Identification and Workplace Behavior: More Than Meets the Eye. Research in Organizational Behavior 37, 19-34.
Shefali Patil and Philip E. Tetlock. 2014. Punctuated Incongruity: A New Approach to Managing Trade-offs Between Conformity and Deviation. Research in Organizational Behavior 34, 155-171.
P.E. Tetlock, F. Vieider, Shefali Patil, and A.M. Grant. 2013. Accountability and Ideology: When Left Looks Right and Right Looks Left. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes 122(1), 22-35.
A.M. Grant and Shefali Patil. 2012. Challenging the Norm of Self-Interest: Minority Influence and Transitions to Helping Norms in Work Units. Academy of Management Review 37(4), 547-568.
Shefali Patil, F. Vieider, and P.E. Tetlock. 2012. Process and Outcome Accountability, in Oxford Handbook of Public Accountability, M. Bovens, R.E. Goodin, and T. Schillemans, eds.
N.P. Rothbard and Shefali Patil. 2010. Being There: Work Engagement and Positive Organizational Scholarship, in Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship, K. Cameron and G. Spreitzer, eds. Oxford University Press.
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Academic Leadership and Awards
Professional Awards
McCombs Research Excellence Award (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)2017
Best Symposium Award, Academy of Management, Organizational Behavior Division2014
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Teaching Awards
Society for Teaching Excellence, UT Academy of Distinguished Teachers, 2018-present
BBA Faculty Honor Roll, Fall 2018
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