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Professor Rousseau studies the changing psychological contract in employment, human resource strategies, and the effects of organizational culture on performance.


Her books include: Psychological Contracts in Employment (Sage, with Rene Schalk); Relational Wealth: The Advantage of Stability in a Changing Economy (Oxford, with Carrie Leana); Psychological Contracts in Organizations (Sage); Boundaryless Careers: Work, Mobility, and Learning in the New Organizational Era (Oxford, with M. Arthur); Developing an Interdisciplinary Science of Organizations (Jossey-Bass, with K. Roberts and C. Hulin); and Trends in Organizational Behavior (Wiley series, with C. Cooper). She is also the author of more than 100 articles.

Professional Experience

Since 1994, Professor Rousseau has been H. J. Heinz II Professor of Organizational Behavior and Public Policy at the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management; and jointly, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was on the faculty at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, for 13 years. Previously, she taught at the University of Michigan and the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey. She has held visiting appointments at Renmin University (Beijing), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), and Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok).

Professional Service

President, Academy of Management (2004-2005)


Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Organizational Behavior (1998 – 2007).


Her 1995 book, Psychological Contracts in Organizations, won the Academy of Management's Terry Award. The Boundaryless Career was a finalist for that award the following year. She has also been a recipient of the William A. Davis Award for scholarly research in educational administration and the National Institute for Health Care Management research award. She has been elected Fellow in the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology and in the American Psychological Association.


Professor Rousseau received her AB in psychology and anthropology, her MA in psychology and her PhD in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley.

Assessment of Psychological Contracts

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