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Glen R. Whyte

Glen R. Whyte

Glen R. Whyte

Professor of Organizational Behaviour and HR Management


PhD, Yale University
MPhil, Yale University
MA, Yale University
JD/MBA, Osgoode/University of Toronto




Glen Whyte is a Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management at Rotman. His research interests include topics related to individual and group judgment and decision making, and managerial negotiations. Glen is a former Associate Dean of Curriculum at Rotman, and is currently an Academic Director of the Rotman and Institute of Corporate Directors’ Education Program. Glen consults frequently to the private and public sector on negotiation and dispute resolution, decision making, risk management and corporate governance.

Academic Positions

  • 1998-Present

    Professor, OBHRM,

  • 1995-1998

    Executive Director, MBA Programs,

  • 2003-Present

    Desautels Chair in Integrative Thinking,

  • 2001-2005

    Associate Dean, Curriculum,

Selected Publications - Papers

  • The Effects of Self-Efficacy on Behavior in Escalation Situations

    Whyte, G. & Saks, A

    Human Performance,



    Pages: pp. 23-42

  • Collective Efficacy and Vigilant Problem Solving in Group Decision Making: A Non-Linear Model.

    Tasa, K. & Whyte, G.

    Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes



    Pages: pp. 119-129

  • Groupthink

    The Blackwell Encyclopedic Dictionary of Management. Oxford:Blackwell.


  • Recasting Janis' Groupthink Model: The Lead Role of Collective Efficacy in Decision Fiascoes

    Organization Behaviour and Human Decision Processes, forthcoming



    Pages: pp. 185-209

  • A Cross-Cultural Exploration of the Reference Dependence of Crucial Group Decisions Under Risk: Japan's 1941 Decision for War

    Levi, A. & Whyte, G.

    Journal of Conflict Resolution



    Pages: pp. 792-813

  • The Effect of Multiple Anchors on Anchoring in Individual and Group Judgement

    Whyte, G. & Sebenius, J.

    Organizational Behviour and Human Decision Processes



    Pages: pp.75-85

  • The Futility of Utility Analysis Revisited: When Even an Expert Fails

    Whyte, G. & Latham, G.

    Personnel Psychology



    Pages: pp. 601-611

  • When Success Breeds Failure: The Role of Perceived Self-Efficacy in Escalating Commitment to a Losing Course of Action

    Whyte, G., Saks, A., & Hook, S.

    Journal of Organizational Behaviour



    Pages: pp. 415-432

  • The Futility of Utility Analysis

    Latham, G. & Whyte, G.

    Personnel Psychology



    Pages: pp. 31-46

  • The Origins and Function of the Reference Point in Risky Group Decision Making: The Case of the Cuban Missile Crisis

    Whyte, G, & Levi, A

    Journal of Behavioral Decision Making



    Pages: pp. 243-260

Research and Teaching Interests

Teaches courses in Managerial Negotiations, Decision Making, and Leadership. Teaches in 2YR MBA, 3YR MBA, EMBA, Omnium, and Executive Programs (e.g., Academic Director, Director's Education Program) Research includes managerial negotiations, individual and group decision making, groupthink, escalating commitment, and risk management.

Honors and Awards

  • 19,961,998

    Students' Graduate Business Council Teaching Excellence Awards, Rotman School of Management

  • 1992

    Best Paper Award, Academy of Management Executive

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