Neuroscience and organizational behavior: Avoiding both neuro-euphoria and neuro-phobia

Neal M. Ashkanasy, William J. Becker, David Waldman

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Organizational neuroscience has great promise for advancing organizational research and practice. The field, however, is developing rapidly and has also become the subject of technological and methodological challenges that must be considered when conducting or interpreting neuroscience research as applied to organizational behavior. We explore four issues we deem to be important in understanding the role of neuroscience in organizational behavior research: (i) neuroscientific research and reductionism; (ii) the need to address methodological and technological challenges in conducting this type of research; (iii) how neuroscientific research is meaningful in organizations (the "So what?" issue); and (iv) neuroscience as just another management fad. In addressing these issues, we hope to set out a roadmap that will enable organizational scholars to avoid past mistakes and thus serve to advance multidisciplinary research in organizational behavior using neuroscientific approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)909-919
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Organizational Behavior
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 2014


  • Electroencephalograph
  • Management fads
  • Organizational neuroscience
  • fMRI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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