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Michael Matthews

Michael Matthews

Michael Matthews is pursuing his Ph.D. in Management and International Business at the University of Oklahoma. His research focuses on leadership, employee wellbeing, and employee-technology interactions. His dissertation is entitled Three Essays on the Ideal Worker. The “ideal worker” social norm reflects an expectation that employees are fully dedicated to their organizations, as manifested by their 24/7 availability and workaholic tendencies. At a high level, Essay 1 is a state-of-the-art review of the ideal worker. Essay 2, meanwhile, qualitatively explores how the body serves as a sensebreaking agent regarding employees’ perceptions of the ideal worker norm. Essay 3 is a mixed-method design that focuses on how employees compare their own affective commitment, availability, and workaholism to their coworkers.


Before entering graduate school, Michael worked as a computer programmer at several technology companies. He enjoys following sports, fishing, and spending time with his wife and children. He can be contacted at


Ph.D., Business Administration, University of Oklahoma, Proposal Defended on May 5th, 2023

M.S., Management Information Technology, University of Oklahoma, 2022

B.S., Information Systems, Brigham Young University, 2019



Recipient of the Mergler Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2023

Recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award, 2023



Matthews, M., Drover, W., Wolfe, M., & Anglin, A. (in press). Just a Number? Using AI to Explore Perceived Founder Age in Entrepreneurial Fundraising. Journal of Business Venturing.

Bastardoz, N., Matthews, M., Sajons, G., Ransom, T., Kelemen, T. & Matthews, S. (2023). Instrumental Variables Estimation: Assumptions, Pitfalls, and Guidelines. The Leadership Quarterly, 34(1), 101673.

Kelemen, T., Matthews, S., Matthews, M., & Henry, S. (2023). Humble Leadership: A Review and Synthesis of Leader Expressed Humility. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 44(2), 202-224.

Matthews, M., Kelemen, T., Matthews, S., & Matthews, J. (2022). The Machiavellian Organization: A Multilevel Model to Understand Decision Making in Organizations. Group and Organization Management, 47(2), 413-439.

Matthews, M., Matthews, S., Whang, D., & Kelemen, T. (2022). Tweet, Like, Subscribe! Understanding Leadership through Social Media Use. The Leadership Quarterly, 33(1), 101580.


Articles for Managers:

Matthews, M. & Kelemen, T.  (2023). “Data-Driven” is Not Enough. California Management Review.

Kelemen, T. & Matthews, M. (2023). This New Year, Beware of Workaholism. MIT Sloan Management Review.

Matthews, M. & Kelemen, T. (2022). Three Simple Ways to Motivate Your Team Members. Harvard Business Review.