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 a Ph.D. from Michigan State University and a B.S. and B.A. from The Ohio State University.

Professor Sleesman conducts research on behavior in organizations from two key perspectives. First, he studies behavioral decision-making – for example, understanding why people escalate their commitment to bad decisions and how fairness concerns influence decision-making. He also studies factors that enhance team effectiveness such as coordination among members and how the intuition of team leaders affects group performance. He was recently awarded a University of Delaware General University Research grant.

His research has been published in Academy of Management Journal and Journal of Applied Psychology, and has been featured in various media outlets such as Forbes, The Huffington Post, Philanthropy Journal, and La Tercera (Santiago, Chile).

Professor Sleesman enjoys teaching in the undergraduate and MBA programs, and he offers courses in organizational behavior, negotiation and conflict resolution, and leadership. He was recently nominated for the University of Delaware Excellence in Teaching Award.


  • 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: Organizational Behavior
  • BUAD 423: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • BUAD 870: Leadership and Organizational Behavior
  • BUAD 879: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

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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