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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 and Co-Faculty Director of the McCombs Center for Leadership and Ethics. She studies ways to enhance critical problem solving, especially in uncertain and polarized environments. She is currently working with a diverse set of organizations, including those in consulting, manufacturing, and technology. In the past, she worked with over 15 U.S. law enforcement agencies, the U.S. Army, the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), emergency medical rescue operations, and hospital and physician organizations. Her research has received wide media coverage from both local and national outlets. She has written editorials for The Hill, Dallas Morning News, and The Conversation and conducted broadcast interviews for Fox 7, CBS Austin, KXAN, KLBJ, Texas State Network/KRLD, Utah Public Radio, Texas Standard/KUT, Spectrum News, and Newsy. She received the CBA Foundation Research Award for Assistant Professors.   

Shefali is also an award-winning teacher, having received the Trammell Teaching Award for Assistant Professors and three BBA Faculty Honor Roll teaching awards. She currently teaches the Leading for Impact capstone course for all full-time Austin and Dallas Working Professional MBAs in association with the Center for Leadership and Ethics. 

She earned her B.S. in Management & 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 Managerial Science & Applied Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. 



CBA Foundation Research Excellence Award for Assistant Professors


Texas McCombs BBA Faculty Honor Roll


Trammell/CBA Foundation Teaching Award for Assistant Professors


Texas McCombs BBA Faculty Honor Roll


Society for Teaching Excellence, UT Academy of Distinguished Teachers, 2018-present


BBA Faculty Honor Roll, Fall

Basima A. Tewfik, Daniel Kim, and Shefali V. Patil. The Ebb and Flow of Job Engagement: Engagement Variability and Emotional Stability as Interactive Predictors of Job Performance. 
Journal of Applied Psychology. Forthcoming.

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.