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Dan Cable

Professor of Organisational Behaviour; Chair, Organisational Behaviour Faculty

PhD (Cornell University)

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

Dan’s most recent book is Change to Strange: Create a Great Organization by Building a Strange Workforce, and he also has published more than 50 articles on culture and cultural fit, careers, and management in top academic journals.  His most recent research was published in MIT’s Sloan Management Review and the Academy of Management Journal, and has been featured in the Economist, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Business Week.  In 2014, Dan won the “Best article in Organizational Behavior” from the Academy of Management, and in 2012 the Academy of Management Perspectives ranked Dan 22nd most influential management scholar.

Dan has worked with a broad range of organizations ranging from high-tech startups to the World Economic Forum.  His recent clients include Arla Foods, Areva, Carlsberg, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, McDonalds, pwc, Rabobank, Roche, and Twinings.


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 Forthcoming


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


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

Reinventing employee onboarding

Cable D M; Gino F; Staats B R

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

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


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

Strange Success

Cable D

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

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
  • Incentive systems
  • Career success
  • Employee engagement