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Gabrielle Adams

Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour

BA (Colby College), PhD (Stanford Graduate School of Business)

Dr. Gabrielle Adams conducts research on interpersonal transgressions and conflict management. In particular, she studies various responses to harm such as the trade-off between perpetrator- and victim-focused responses. She also studies when and why people help others by behaving prosocially, e.g. donating to charities or giving gifts. 
Dr. Adams’s work has been published in journals such as Psychological Science, the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. Her dissertation won an award from Duke University/Fuqua Business School’s Center on Leadership and Ethics and a grant from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. Her research has been featured in media outlets such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Harvard Business Review. 
Dr. Adams teaches an elective course at the London Business School called The Paths to Power. Her course focuses on how individuals obtain power, status, and influence in organizations. Additionally, she has led international study trips to South Africa and the Silicon Valley in which she oversees students’ consulting projects or visits to companies across various industries including technology, healthcare, finance, and retail. In 2014 she was featured as one of the Poets & Quants’ 40 Best Business School Professors Under 40. 
Dr. Adams is a member of the Academy of Management and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. In 2013 she was selected as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers community in London. She holds a BA with Honors from Colby College, and a PhD from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Asymmetries between victims' and transgressors' perspectives following interpersonal transgressions

Adams G S

Social and Personality Psychology Compass 2016 Vol 10:12 p 722-735

Impediments to forgiveness: victim and transgressor attributions of intent and guilt

Adams G S; Inesi M E

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 2016 Vol 111:6 p 866-881


Forgiveness is not always divine: When expressing forgiveness makes others avoid you

Adams G S; Zou X; Inesi M E; Pillutla M M

Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes 2015 Vol 126:1 p 130-141

Punishing perpetrators decreases compensation for victims

Adams G S; Mullen E

Social Psychological and Personality Science 2015 Vol 6 p 31-38

Saving face? When emotion displays during public apologies mitigate damage to organizational performance

Ten Brinke L; Adams G S

Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes 2015 Vol 130 p 1-12


Affective antecedents of revenge

O’Connor K S; Adams G S

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 2013 Vol 36:01 p 29-30

When cheating would make you a cheater: Implicating the self prevents unethical behavior

Bryan C J; Adams G S; Monin B

Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 2013 November Vol 142:4 p 1001-1005

Increased voting for candidates who compensate victims rather than punish offenders

Adams G S; Mullen E

Social Justice Research 2013 Vol 26:2 p 168-192


The gifts we keep on giving: Documenting and destigmatizing the regifting taboo

Adams G S; Flynn F J; Norton M I

Psychological Science 2012 Vol 23:10 p 1145-1150

The social and psychological costs of punishment

Adams G S; Mullen E

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 2012 Vol 35:1 p 15-16


Money can’t buy love: Asymmetric beliefs about gift price and feelings of appreciation

Flynn F J; Adams G S

Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 2009 February Vol 45:2 p 404-409

The Paths to Power (Elective for MBA, Executive MBA, and Sloan Fellows)

• London Business School, 2011-2015

International Assignment: Cape Town, South Africa (Executive MBA students)

• London Business School, Summer, 2012, 2013, 2014

International Assignment: Silicon Valley/San Francisco (Sloan students)

• London Business School, Summer, 2015

Mind and Brain Approaches to Social Interactions

• Stanford Graduate School of Business, Summer, 2008

Executive Education

• Rabobank, NNE Pharmaplan, World Economic Forum Global Shapers

Research Awards

  • Research and Materials Development Award, London Business School, 2012-2015. 

  • Listed as one of the 40 Best Business School Professors Under 40,, 2014.

  • Winner: The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, Center on Leadership and Ethics (COLE) Dissertation Competition. 2010.

  • Grants-in-Aid, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, 2010.

  • Student Travel Award, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, 2010. 

  • Fellow, Stanford Center for International Conflict and Negotiation, Stanford Law School,2008-2009. 

  • Paul Perez Prize for highest academic achievement in Psychology major, Colby College, 2006.

  • Ninetta M. Runnals Award for school service, academic achievement, Colby College, 2006.

  • Ralph J. Bunche Scholar, awarded upon admission to 3 students, Colby College, 2002-2006.

Research Interests

  • Morality and ethical behavior
  • Responses to injustice
  • Social exchange and prosocial behaviour