Amy Wrzesniewski

Professor of Organizational Behavior

Faculty Directory

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
  • Global Virtual Teams MGT 418
  • 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, 2014
  • Google Faculty Research Grant, Award given to support research, 2010
  • Davis Conference on Qualitative Research Best Paper Award , (with Jane Dutton and Gelaye Debebe), 2009
  • Representative-at-Large, Organizational Behavior Division, Academy of Management, 2008
  • Kauffman Grant, Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship, 2006
  • Finalist, Professor of the Year, NYU Stern School of Business, 2005
  • New York University Excellence in Teaching Award, NYU Stern School of Business, 2003
  • New York University Undergraduate College “Club 6”, Award given for teaching excellence, 2003
  • IBM Faculty Award, Award given for research excellence, 2002


  • Artspace
  • Fractured Atlas

Editorial Boards

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