Abraham Carmeli
Professor of Strategy and Management
Faculty of Management
Tel Aviv University

Related Research Interests

My research lies at the intersection of strategy and organization science.  Together with colleagues and graduate students, I have been engaged in both macro- and micro-level studies that aim to enhance our understanding about the ways positive relationships and connections are augmented and their implications for work outcomes in organizations.

I have studied how CEOs build a behaviorally integrated top management team and the implication of behavioral integration for group potency, organizational ambidexterity, and performance.  In addition, I also examined whether and why relationships capacity and positive relational experiences may be a source of positive psychological conditions (e.g., psychological safety), identification, learning processes and knowledge combination/integration, vitality, vigor, thriving, resilience, and outcomes such as creativity and innovation.

I have a particular interest in research on relational leadership and its importance in fostering work processes and outcomes at the individual, team, and organization levels.  In recent research, I have attempted to provide an even more nuanced approach by studying specific forms such as leader inclusiveness (or inclusive leadership) and tried to better understand the process of capability building and development in organizations.

I am currently engaged in research on leaders as relational builders and examine how they facilitate team and organizational processes and enhance performance (innovation, economic and social), as well as specific relational concepts such as caring and generosity and their implications for work behaviors and outcomes.

Related Publications

  • Stephens, J. P., Heaphy, E., Carmeli, A., Spreitzer, G., Dutton, J., & Bagozzi, R. Relationship Quality and Virtuousness: Emotional Carrying Capacity as a source of Individual and Team Resilience.  The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Forthcoming.
  • Hirak, R., Peng, A. C., Carmeli, A., & Schaubroeck, J.M. (2012). Linking Leader Inclusiveness to Work Unit Performance: The Importance of Psychological Safety and Learning from Failures. The Leadership Quarterly, 23 (1), 107–117.
  • Carmeli, A., Tishler, A., Edmondson, A. C. (2012). CEO Relational Leadership and Strategic Decision Quality in Top Management Teams: The Role of Team Trust and Learning from Failure. Strategic Organization, 10 (1) 31–54.
  • Carmeli, A., Schaubroeck, J., & Tishler, A.  (2011). How CEO Empowering Leadership Shapes Top Management Team Processes: Implications for Firm Performance. The Leadership Quarterly, 22 (2), 399-411.
  • Waldman, D. A., Carmeli, A., & Halevi, M. I. (2011). Beyond the Red Tape: Humane Organizational Responses to Victims of Terrorism. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 32 (7), 938–954.
  • Brueller, D., & Carmeli, A. (2011). Linking High Quality Relationships to Team Learning and Performance in a Service Setting: A Reference Group Perspective. Human Resource Management, 50 (4) 455–477.
  • Vinarski-Peretz, H., & Carmeli, A. (2011). Linking Care Felt to Engagement in Innovative Behaviors in the Workplace: The Mediating Role of Psychological Conditions. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 5(1), 43–53.
  • Vinarski-Peretz, H., Binyamin, G., & Carmeli, A. (2011). Subjective Relational Experiences and Employee Innovative Behaviors in the Workplace. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 78 (2), 290-304.
  • Carmeli, A., & Vinarski-Peretz, H. (2010). Linking Leader Social Skills and Organisational Health to Positive Work Relationships in Local Governments. Local Government Studies, 36 (1), 151-169.
  • Carmeli, A., Ben-Hador, B., Waldman, D. A., & Rupp, D. E. (2009). How Leaders Cultivate Social Capital and Nurture Employee Vigor: Implications for Job Performance. Journal of Applied Psychology, 94 (6), 1553–1561.
  • Carmeli, A., & Azerual, B. (2009). How Relational Capital and Knowledge Combination Capability Enhance the Performance of Knowledge Work Units in a High-Technology Industry. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 3 (1), 85-103.
  • Carmeli, A., & Spreitzer, G. M. (2009). Trust, Connectivity, and Thriving: Implications for Innovative Behaviors at Work. Journal of Creative Behavior, 43 (3), 169-191.
  • Carmeli, A., & Gittell, J. H.  (2009). High Quality Relationships, Psychological Safety and Learning from Failures in Work Organizations. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 30 (6), 709-729.
  • Carmeli, A., Brueller, D., & Dutton, J. E. (2009). Learning behaviours in the workplace: The role of high-quality interpersonal relationships and psychological safety. Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 26 (1), 81-98.
  • Atwater, L., & Carmeli, A. (2009). Leader-Member Exchange, Feelings of Energy and Involvement in Creative Work. The Leadership Quarterly, 20 (3), 264–275.
  • Carmeli, A., & Zisu, M. (2009). The Relational Underpinnings of Quality Internal Auditing in Medical Clinics in Israel. Social Science & Medicine, 68 (5), 894-902.
  • Carmeli, A. (2007). Social Capital, Psychological Safety and Learning Behaviours from Failure in Organisations. Long Range Planning, 40 (1), 30-44.