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Dan Cable

Professor of Organisational Behaviour; Chair, Organisational Behaviour Faculty

PhD (Cornell University)

Dan Cable is Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School. Dan’s areas of teaching, research, and consulting include employee engagement, leading change, organisational culture and its effects on sustained competitive advantage, leadership development and mindset, and the linkage between brands and employee behaviours.

Professor Cable's newest book, Alive at work, will appear in March 2018 through Harvard Business School Press. His first book was Change to Strange: Create a Great Organization by Building a Strange Workforce. He also has published two edited books and more than 50 articles on culture and cultural fit, careers, and management in top academic journals. His most recent research was published in Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review and the Academy of Management Journal, and has recently been featured in The Economist, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Business Week. In 2014 and 2012, Professor Cable won the “Best article in Organizational Behavior” from the Academy of Management. In 2012 the Academy of Management Perspectives ranked Professor Cable 22nd most influential management scholar.

Professor Cable has worked with a broad range of organisations ranging from high-tech startups to the World Economic Forum. His recent clients include Carlsberg, Coca Cola, EY, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Ikea, McDonalds, MS Amlin, Prudential, pwc, Rabobank, Roche, Siemens, and Twitter.


Alive at work: the neuroscience of helping your people love what they do

Cable D M

Harvard Business School Press, 2018, forthcoming


Interview advice for MBAs: be as open as you dare

Cable D M

Financial Times 2017

Pros and cons of competition among employees

Steinhage A; Cable D; Wardley D

Harvard Business Review Digital Articles 2017

The advantage of being oneself : the role of self-verification in organizational hiring decisions

Moore C; Lee K K; Cable D M

Journal of Applied Psychology 2017 Vol 102:11 p 1493-1513

Too much information

Birkinshaw J; Cable D M

London Business School Review 2017 Vol 28:3 p 30-33

Winning ways

Cable D; Elsbach K

London Business School Review 2017 Vol 28:3 p 74-77


Creative job titles can energize workers

Cable D

Harvard Business Review 2016 Vol 94:5 p 24-25

Stop paying executives for performance

Cable D; Vermeulen F

Harvard Business Review 2016

The dark side of transparency

Cable D; Birkinshaw J

McKinsey Quarterly 2016


Changing job seekers’ image perceptions during recruitment visits: The moderating role of belief confidence

Slaughter J; Cable D M; Turban D

Journal of Applied Psychology 2014 November Vol 99:6 p 1146-1158

Do interviewers sell themselves short? The effect of selling orientation on interviewers’ judgments

Carson J; Cable D

Academy of Management Journal 2014 April Vol 57:5 p 624-651

Job titles as identity badges: How self-reflective titles can reduce emotional exhaustion

Grant A; Berg J; Cable D

Academy of Management Journal 2014 Vol 57 p 624-651

Recruitment and competitive advantage: A brand equity perspective

Cable D M; Yu T K Y

Oxford Handbook of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2014


Oxford handbook of recruitment

Yu K Y T; Cable D

New York: Oxford University Press

Breaking them in or eliciting their best? Reframing socialization around newcomers' authentic self-expression

Cable D; Gino F; Staats B

Administrative Science Quarterly 2013 March Vol 58:1 p 1-36

Reinventing employee onboarding

Cable D M; Gino F; Staats B R

MIT Sloan Management Review 2013 Vol 54:3 p 23-28


Striving for self-verification during organizational entry

Cable D M; Kay V S

Academy of Management Journal 2012 April Vol 55:2 p 360-380

Why showing your face at work matters

Elsbach K; Cable D

MIT Sloan Management Review 2012:53 p 10-12


Exploring the identity and reputation of departmental groups: Whose opinions matter most to their members?

Yu T K Y; Cable D M

Human Resource Management Journal 2011 April Vol 21:2 p 105-121

When it comes to pay, do the thin win? The effect of weight on pay for men and women

Judge T A; Cable D M

Journal of Applied Psychology 2011 January Vol 96:1 p 95-112


How passive ''face time'' affects perceptions of employees: Evidence of spontaneous trait inference

Elsbach K; Cable D M

Human Relations 2010 June Vol 63:6 p 735-760


Emotional competence and work performance: The mediating effect of proactivity and the moderating effect of job autonomy

Kim T Y; Cable D M; Kim S P; Wang J

Journal of Organizational Behavior 2009 October Vol 30:7 p 983-1000

The value of value congruence

Edwards J R; Cable D M

Journal of Applied Psychology 2009 May Vol 94:3 p 654-677


Reducing employee resistance to organizational change: managerial influence tactics and leader-member exchange

Furst S A; Cable D M

Journal of Applied Psychology 2008 March Vol 93:2 p 453-462

Employee resistance to organizational change – Managerial influence tactics and leader-member exchange.

Furst S A; Cable D M.

Journal of Applied Psychology 2008 Vol 93:2 p 453-462

Strange Success

Cable D

Business Strategy Review 2008 Spring Vol 19:1 p 44-47


What Causes a Management Article to be Cited—Article, Author, or Journal?

Judge T. A; Colbert A; Cable D M; Rynes S

Academy of Management Journal 2007 Vol 50:3 p 491-506


Organizational Identity and Firm Performance: What Happens When Leaders Disagree About “Who We Are?”

Voss Z; Cable D.M; Voss G

Organization Science 2006 Vol 17:6 p 741-755

The Phenomenology of Fit: Linking the Person and Environment to the Subjective Experience of Person-Environment Fit

Edwards J R; Cable D; Williamson I; Lambert L; Shipp A

Journal of Applied Psychology 2006 Vol 91:4 p 802-827

Managing Job Seekers’ Organizational Image Beliefs: The Role of Media Richness and Media Credibility

Cable D M; Yu T K Y

Journal of Applied Philosophy 2006 Vol 91:4 p 828-840


Socialization Tactics, Employee Proactivity, and Person-Organization Fit.

Kim T Y; Cable D; Kim S P

Journal of Applied Psychology 2005 Vol 90:2 p 232-241


Complementary and Supplementary Fit: A Theoretical and Empirical Integration

Cable D M; Jeffrey R

Journal of Applied Psychology 2004 Vol 89:5 p 822-834

The effect of physical height on workplace success and income

Judge T A; Cable D M

Journal of Applied Psychology 2004 Vol 89:3 p 428-441


Firm Reputation and Applicant Pool Characteristics

Turban D; Cable D

Journal of Organizational Behavior 2003 Vol 24:6 p 733-751

Interfirm network ties, interorganizational imitation, and organizational hiring patterns

Williamson I O; Cable D M

Academy of Management Journal 2003 Vol 46:3 p 349-358

Breach and Fulfillment of the Psychological Contract: A Comparison of Traditional and Expanded Views.

Lambert L; Edwards J R; Cable D M

Personnel Psychology 2003 Vol 56:4 p 895-934

Managers' Upward Influence Tactic Strategies: The Role of Manager Personality and Supervisor Leadership Style

Cable D M; Judge T A

Journal of Organizational Behavior 2003 Vol 24 p 197-214

Predicting early career research productivity: The case of management faculty

Williamson I O; Cable D M

Journal of Organizational Behavior 2003 Vol 24:1 p 25-44

The value of organizational reputation in a recruitment context

Cable D; Turban D

Journal of Applied Social Psychology 2003 Vol 33:11 p 2244-2266


Network ties, reputation, and the financing of new ventures. Management Science

Shane S; Cable D

Management Science 2002 Vol 48 p 364-381

The Construct, Convergent, and Discriminant Validity of Subjective Fit Perceptions

Cable D M; DeRue S

Journal of Applied Psychology 2002 Vol 87 p 875-884


Are you attracted? Do you intend to pursue? A recruiting policy-capturing study

Aiman-Smith L; Bauer T; Cable D M

Journal of Business and Psychology 2001 Vol 16 p 219-237

Consideration of the incomplete block design for policycapturing research

Graham M; Cable D M

Organizational Research Methods 2001 Vol 4 p 24-45

Socialization Tactics and Person-Organization Fit

Cable D M; Parsons C

Personnel Psychology 2001 Vol 54 p 1-22

The employment interview: A review of recent research and recommendations for future research

Judge T A; Higgins C A; Cable D M

Human Resource Management Review 2000 Vol 10 p 383-406

The sources and accuracy of job seekers’ organizational culture beliefs

Cable D M; Mulvey P; Aiman-Smith L; Edwards J R

Academy of Management Journal 2000 Vol 43 p 1076-1085


Assessment of applicant work values through interviews: The impact of focus and functional relevance

Parsons C K; Cable D M; Wilkerson J M

Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology 1999 Vol 72 p 561-566

Tournament vs. sponsored mobility determinants of job search success

Cable D M; Murray B

Academy of Management Journal 1999 Vol 42 p 439-449


Looked-over or overlooked? The effect of interviewers’ prescreening decisions on post-interview evaluations

Cable D M; Gilovich T

Journal of Applied Psychology 1998 Vol 83 p 501-508


A prisoner’s dilemma approach to entrepreneur-venture capitalist relationships

Cable D M; Shane S

Academy of Management Review 1997 Vol 22 p 142-176

Applicant personality, organizational culture, and job choice decisions

Judge T A; Cable D M

Personnel Psychology 1997 Vol 50 p 359-394


Person-organization fit, job choice decisions, and organizational entry

Cable D; Judge T A

Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes 1996 Vol 67 p 294-311


An empirical investigation of the predictors of executive career success

Judge T A; Cable D M; Boudreau J W; Bretz R D Jr

Personnel Psychology 1995 Vol 48 p 485-519


Pay preferences and job search decisions: A personorganization fit perspective

Cable D M; Judge T A

Personnel Psychology 1994 Vol 47 p 317-348

Research Awards

  • 2012 Ranked 22nd most influential management scholar who received degree after 1991 (Scholarly Impact Revisited, Academy of Management Perspectives). 

  • 2010 “Best Competitive Paper Award” and “McKinsey’s Best Practical Implications Award” of the 2010 Academy of Management Annual Meetings

  • 2006 Won “best paper” of the Academy of Management Annual Meetings

  • 2006 Weatherspoon Distinguished Researcher Award

  • 2003 MBA Master Teacher award

  • 2003 UNC Research all-star award

  • 2003 UNC Teaching all-star award, executive education

  • 2001 Ernest J. McCormick Award for Distinguished Early Career Contributions, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

  • 2000 Invited to join Personnel and Human Resources Research Group

  • 2000 Selected by Ones & Viswesvaran’s as “most published authors during the 1990s” The Industrial Psychologist, April.

  • 1999 Weatherspoon BSBA Best Teacher Award

  • 1998 Sage Award for Best Paper, Research Methods Division, Academy of Management

  • 1998 Belk Research Fellow, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

  • 1996 Best Dissertation Award, Human Resources Division, Academy of Management

  • 1996 S. Rains Wallace Best Dissertation Award, Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychology

  • 1995 Best Student Paper, Human Resources Division, Academy of Management

  • 1994 Martin Catherwood Award for outstanding publication in human resource management 

  • 1990 Hinman Industrial and Organizational Psychology Scholarship for undergraduate research 

Research Interests

  • Cultural fit
  • Talent management
  • The organizational entry process
  • Employee engagement
  • Career success
  • Authenticity and self verification