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

  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • 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. Kniffin won the Established Researcher Award in 2019 from the Institute for Research on Innovation & Science (IRIS) and is an incoming Editorial Board Member for Academy of Management Discoveries for 2021-2023..

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. Winner of the Innovative Teacher Award from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) in 2020, Kniffin employs an interdisciplinary approach to both Organizational Behavior (AEM 3245/6245) and Leadership and Management in Sports (AEM 3320/6325). Kniffin has presented "Ten Bottom-Line Lessons from the Big Leagues" as the University's Faculty Homecoming Speaker (2016) and speaks regularly for alumni, governmental, and business organizations.

Selected Publications

Recent Courses

  • AEM 5305 - Global Citizenship Seminar
  • AEM 3320/AEM 6325 - Leadership and Management in Sports
  • AEM 3245/AEM 6245 - Organizational Behavior

Academic Degrees

  • PhD Binghamton University (SUNY), 2002
  • MA Binghamton University (SUNY), 1998
  • BA Lehigh University, 1995