Amy Wrzesniewski

Professor of Organizational Behavior

Professor Wrzesniewski's research interests focus on how people make meaning of their work in difficult contexts (e.g., stigmatized occupations, virtual work, absence of work), and the experience of work as a job, career, or calling. Her current research involves studying how employees shape their interactions and relationships with others in the workplace to change both their work identity and the meaning of the job.


  • PhD, University of Michigan
  • MA, University of Michigan
  • BA, University of Pennsylvania


Managing Groups & Teams
MGT 401
Leadership Development
MGT 414


Selected Articles

Multiple types of motives don’t multiply the motivation of West Point cadets
A. Wrzesniewski, B. Schwartz, X. Cong, M. Kane, A. Omar, & T. Kolditz
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
2014 (In Press)
One out of many? Boundaries and identities in post-merger integration
I. Drori, A. Wrzesniewski, & S. Ellis
Organization Science
Knowing where you stand: Physical isolation, perceived respect, and organizational identification among virtual employees
C. A. Bartel, A. Wrzesniewski, & B. Wiesenfeld
Organization Science
On the meaning of work: A theoretical integration and review
B. D. Rosso, K. H. Dekas, & A. Wrzesniewski
Research in Organizational Behavior
In search of the self at work: Young adults’ experiences of a dual identity organization
M. Anteby & A. Wrzesniewski
Research in the Sociology of Work

Selected Working Papers

Careers and callings: How work meanings shape job transitions
A. Wrzesniewski
If I could turn back time: Occupational regret and its consequences for work and life
A. Wrzesniewski, J. Tosti, & J. Landman
Caring in constrained contexts
A. Wrzesniewski, J. E. Dutton, & G. Debebe
Getting what you want and wanting what you get? The impact of prospective plans and past employment on job search outcomes
C. Tschopp & A. Wrzesniewski
Remoteness as a resource: The impact of virtual work on job crafting
A. Wrzesniewski, C. A. Bartel, & B. Wiesenfeld


Outstanding Author Award
Emerald Publishing Literati Network Award for Excellence
Google Faculty Research Grant
Award given to support research
Davis Conference on Qualitative Research Best Paper Award
(with Jane Dutton and Gelaye Debebe)
Representative-at-Large, Organizational Behavior Division
Academy of Management
Kauffman Grant
Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship
Finalist, Professor of the Year
NYU Stern School of Business
New York University Excellence in Teaching Award
NYU Stern School of Business
New York University Undergraduate College “Club 6”
Award given for teaching excellence
IBM Faculty Award
Award given for research excellence


  • Artspace
  • Fractured Atlas

Editorial Boards

Academy of Management Journal, 2010-
Academy of Management Review, 2012-
Journal of Organizational Behavior, 2009-
Organization Science, 2011-