Kevin Kniffin

Kevin Kniffin

  • Assistant Professor
  • Director, Laboratory for Experimental Economics and Decision Research (LEEDR)
  • Assurance of Learning Director for the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

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Faculty Expertise

  • Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Sports Analytics


Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

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Kevin Kniffin leads two active streams of research that focus on Teams and Leadership. Through studies of athletic and scientific teams, Kniffin has developed two lines of investigation that utilize data from popular and important model domains. More generally, Kniffin has studied the relevance of leadership across a variety of organizational contexts. He has contributed original research to publications including American Psychologist, the Journal of Organizational Behavior, and The Leadership Quarterly. Kniffin's research to study academic career paths has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and his work has been featured by outlets including Harvard Business Review and The New York Times.

In the classroom, Kniffin enjoys "meeting students where they are" by engaging students' experiences in the pursuit of studying evidence-based principles of individual and organizational behavior. Kniffin employs an interdisciplinary approach to both Organizational Behavior (AEM 3245/6245) and Leadership and Management in Sports (AEM 3320/6325).

Selected Publications

Recent Courses

  • AEM 4700 - Dyson Leadership Development Program
  • AEM 4970 - Individual Study in Applied Economics and Management
  • AEM 3320/AEM 6325 - Leadership and Management in Sports
  • AEM 3245/AEM 6245 - Organizational Behavior
  • AEM 4980 - Supervised Teaching Experience
  • AEM 4990 - Undergraduate Research

Academic Degrees

  • PhD State University of New York at Binghamton, 2002
  • MA State University of New York at Binghamton, 1998
  • BA Lehigh University, 1995