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

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, 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 Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

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