Dustin J. Sleesman

Assistant Professor of Management

Department: Business Administration
Campus Address: 226 Lerner Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-8912


Dustin J. Sleesman is an Assistant Professor of Management at the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and his B.S. and B.A. from The Ohio State University.

Professor Sleesman’s research interests concern the study of behavior in organizations from two key perspectives. First, he conducts research on decision-making – for example, understanding why managers escalate their commitment to bad decisions and the manner by which cognitive processes inform judgments and decisions. Second, his research focuses on team effectiveness such as studying how and when members engage in coordination, risk-taking, and learning behaviors.

His work has been published in Academy of Management Journal and Journal of Applied Psychology, and he enjoys teaching courses in Organizational Behavior, Leadership, and Negotiation.





  • Ph.D. - Organizational Behavior & Human Resource Management, Michigan State University, 2012
  • B.S. - Business Administration, The Ohio State University, 2007
  • B.A. - Psychology, The Ohio State University, 2007
  • Curriculum Vitae



  • Sleesman, D. J., Conlon, D. E., McNamara, G., & Miles, J. E. (2012) Cleaning up the big muddy: A meta-analytic review of the determinants of escalation of commitment. Academy of Management Journal, 55: 541-562.
  • Davison, R. B., Hollenbeck, J. R., Barnes, C. M., Sleesman, D. J., & Ilgen, D. R. (2012) Coordinated action in multiteam systems. Journal of Applied Psychology, 97: 808-824.


  • BUAD 309: Management and Organizational Behavior
  • BUAD 309 Honors: Management and Organizational Behavior
  • BUAD 423: Negotiation
  • BUAD 870: Leadership and Organizational Behavior

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.4 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Fund, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Lerner College faculty - like Anu Sivaraman, who is among Social Media Marketing Magazine’s “Top 100 Marketing Professors on Twitter” and’s “Top 50 Marketing Professors on Twitter” - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

All Lerner College departments offer experience-driven learning and emphasize evidence-based analytics methods to enrich the student experience. Here, finance students visit New York City’s financial districts for a first-hand look at markets trading and to meet with UD alumni.

Charles W. Horn, AS75, and wife Patricia, recently made a $3 million commitment to enhance and expand entrepreneurial studies.

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