Jessica Kennedy is an organizational scholar whose research examines hierarchies and norms in business organizations.
Dr. Kennedy's research examines how groups allocate power and status to individual members and how unethical norms emerge and persist in organizations. Her dissertation research examined how hierarchical rank affects dissent, the expression of disagreement with values, goals, or practices embraced by a group majority. It won the Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition in 2011.
Kennedy's other research has examined (i) how gender differences in reactions to ethical compromises affect interest in business careers, (ii) how a negotiating partner's gender affects deception, and (iii) how overconfidence affects status attainment in groups.
As a Post-Doctoral Fellow, Kennedy is examining accusations, socialization norms, and ethical reservations about hierarchies. She teaches Legal Studies 210: Corporate Responsibility & Business Ethics.
Kennedy holds a Ph.D. in Management of Organizations from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. in Economics, summa cum laude, from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a Joseph Wharton Scholar. Prior to entering academia, Kennedy worked in investment banking at Goldman Sachs.