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Caroline Bartel

Professor, Management Department Chair

Department:     Management

Caroline Bartel headshot
Caroline Bartel headshot

Dr. Caroline Bartel is a Professor and Chair of the Management Department in the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also the Co-Director of the Center for Leadership Excellence at the McCombs School of Business. Her research and teaching focus on sustaining employee engagement in the workplace, particularly in organizations and professions undergoing change.

Dr. Bartel has studied how organizations in various industries (e.g., consulting, consumer products, news publishing and broadcasting, pharmaceuticals, and telecommunications) can maintain the motivation, performance and commitment of employees during times of organizational growth as well as decline (layoffs and downsizing). She has examined an array of change initiatives, such as corporate citizenship and community outreach, virtual work and telecommuting, and organizational restructuring (e.g., implementing self-managed teams). Current projects focus on how organizations facing threat and uncertainty manage their identity and culture, and the subsequent impact on individual and group effectiveness (e.g., productivity, learning and innovation). Dr. Bartel’s research appears in many leading journals, including The Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, The Journal of Applied Psychology, and Organization Science. She also serves as an Associate Editor at Organization Science.

Dr. Bartel teaches to diverse audiences, having designed undergraduate and graduate courses, and executive training seminars at the University of Michigan, New York University, and UT Austin. Her courses focus on how individual and group behavior are shaped by structural, social and political forces within organizations. In 2008, she received the Trammell/CBA Foundation Teaching Award for Assistant Professors in the McCombs School of Business.


Ph.D, University of Michigan

MA, University of Michigan

BA, State University of New York at Stony Brook