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Shefali Patil

Associate Professor

Department:     Management

Research Areas:     Managerial Group & Org Decision Making, Organizational Behavior, Organizational Learning & Change

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Shefali V. Patil, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Management at the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin. She studies how organizational leaders can encourage greater flexibility and adaptivity when employees confront strong evaluative pressures in complex, high-stakes environments. Some of these evaluative pressures include those stemming from: (a) public devaluation, criticism, and image misalignments; (b) the adoption of monitoring technologies (e.g., body worn cameras); and, (c) the implementation of accountability systems and presence of competing demands. In this capacity, she has worked with numerous law enforcement, military, emergency medical rescue, and other high-stakes organizations. She is currently studying how individuals’ expertise and socioeconomic backgrounds shape their high-pressured decision making prowess. Her research appears in top academic journals, including Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, Organization Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Research in Organizational Behavior, and has received wide media coverage from local and national outlets. 


She has received a number of research and teaching awards, including the E&Y Amplify Award in the Dallas/Fort Worth Working Professional MBA program (2023); two Working Professional/Executive MBA Faculty Honor roll awards (2022, 2023); Poets & Quants’ 40 under 40 Best Business School Professors (2022); the McCombs CBA Foundation Research Award for Assistant Professors (2021); the McCombs CBA Teaching Award for Assistant Professors (2020); and three consecutive BBA Faculty Honor Roll awards (2018, 2019, 2020). 


She earned her B.S. in Management & Organizations, summa cum laude and with Beta Gamma Sigma honors, from the Stern School of Business at New York University, and her Ph.D. in Managerial Science & Applied Economics from the Wharton School. 



Working Professional/Executive MBA Faculty Honor Roll


E&Y Amplify Award, Dallas/Fort Worth Working Professional MBA


Working Professional/Executive MBA Faculty Honor Roll


40 under 40 Best MBA Professors, Poets & Quants


CBA Foundation Research Excellence Award for Assistant Professors


Texas McCombs BBA Faculty Honor Roll

Basima A. Tewfik, Daniel Kim, and Shefali V. Patil. Feb 2024. The Ebb and Flow of Job Engagement: Engagement Variability and Emotional Stability as Interactive Predictors of Job Performance.
Journal of Applied Psychology 109(2): 257-282.

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. Mar/Apr2022, Vol. 33 Issue 2, p541-570. 

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.