Christopher Barnes named a fellow of the Society for Organizational Behavior

Chris Barnes

Christopher Barnes, the Michael G. Foster Endowed Professor of Management at the University of Washington Foster School of Business, has been elected a fellow of the Society for Organizational Behavior.

Barnes is one of only 25 OB scholars to have earned this distinction in the past decade. The Society for Organizational Behavior was founded in 1976 and counts two Foster emeritus professors—Terry Mitchell and Fred Fiedler (deceased)—among its select cohort of original members.

After serving as an officer and behavioral scientist in the U.S. Air Force and earning his PhD from Michigan State University, Barnes joined the Foster School Department of Management and Organization in 2013. He quickly established himself as an expert in human sustainability. His prolific research has confirmed a litany of ill effects of sleep deprivation in the workplace—and inspired his 2016 TEDx Talk.

It also has earned him frequent recognition. Barnes has received the Cummings Scholarly Achievement Award from the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management (2020), the Distinguished Early Career Award from the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (2017) and the Responsible Research in Management Award from IACMR (2017). The Western Academy of Management named him an Ascendant Scholar in 2014. And he’s won or been a finalist for numerous best paper awards in several top journals.

In addition to the quantity and quality of Barnes’ research is a great deal of impact. A recent Stanford University study of 2021 research citations—a leading indicator of influence and currency—placed him in the top 1% of all management researchers who have published at least five papers in the past 60 years. And when framed among more than 9 million researchers who have published at least five papers across all scientific disciplines over the same period, Barnes’ citation rate lands him in the top 0.3%.

Beyond academia, his research, writing and insights have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, BBC, Harvard Business Review, Freakonomics, Scientific American and Huffington Post, among a wide range of popular media.

Barnes serves on the editorial review boards of Academy of Management Review, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Applied Psychology and Sleep Health.

He has won Outstanding Reviewer Awards from the Academic of Management Journal (2014, 2016), Academy of Management Review (2017) and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (2022). And he received the Foster School’s Faculty Mentor Award in 2018.

In addition to the Society for Organizational Behavior fellowship, Barnes has been elected a fellow of the American Psychological Association (2022), the Association for Psychological Science (2020) and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (2020).