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Nicholas A. Hays

Nicholas A. Hays

Assistant Professor
Department: Management

Office: N423

Telephone: 517-432-3510


Nicholas Hays received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from UCLA, and his B.A. in Psychology and B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. His research examines the psychology of hierarchy, specifically how power and status hierarchies, the most prevalent forms of social hierarchy, affect individuals' experiences and group processes. His research has been published in Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Prior to MSU, Dr. Hays was a Visiting Assistant Professor at NYU's Stern School of Business.

Before his academic career, Dr. Hays worked in management consulting for Booz & Company in New York and Bridge Strategy Group in Chicago.

Social hierarchy, power, status, conflict, competition, ethics, decision-making.

  • Best Theoretical Conference Paper - 2008: From the International Association of Conflict Management
  • Best Empirical Conference Paper - 2013: From the International Association of Conflict Management
  • Best Symposium - 2017: From the Academy of Management, Organizational Behavior Division


  • MGT 840: Organizational Leadership
  • MGT 460: Management Capstone
  • PIM 852: Negotiations
  • Ad hoc reviewer for: Organization Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Psychological Science, Social Psychology
  • Program committee member: 2011 annual meeting of the International Association of Conflict Management, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Program committee member: 2014 annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, Texas
  • Leadership
  • Motivation
  • Negotiation
  • Teams

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