TYLER G. OKIMOTO is a Senior Lecturer in Management in the business school at the University of Queensland, Australia. He received his Ph.D. in social and organizational psychology from New York University in 2005, and has worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Management at Yale University, and in the School of Psychology at Flinders University in Australia.
Dr. Okimoto’s research uses experimental social-psychological approaches to explore interdisciplinary questions fundamental to criminology, management, and public policy. The majority of his work investigates the social psychological concerns underpinning an individual’s feelings of threat, concern, and outrage following an injustice. Under what conditions are the deviant attitudes and behaviors of others threatening to an individual’s sense of self and identity, and when do those threats elicit feelings of injustice, indignation, and/or a desire for some sanctioning response? Dr. Okimoto’s work considers how injustice threatens the self-concept of victims (as well as offenders and third-party observers), and the implications of those threats for understanding preferences for and reactions to various justice-restoring interventions (e.g., compensation, punishment, forgiveness, apologies, restorative conferencing). Notwithstanding this core domain of inquiry, Dr. Okimoto also conducts research investigating evaluation biases in organizational decision-making, exploring the cognitive, affective, and motivational processes through which the beliefs and attitudes derived from intergroup dynamics (i.e., ingroup preferences, stereotypes, etc.) result in unintentionally biased and unethical decisions.
- Aggression, Conflict, Peace
- Ethics and Morality
- Gender Psychology
- Group Processes
- Intergroup Relations
- Interpersonal Processes
- Law and Public Policy
- Organizational Behavior
- Political Psychology
- Prejudice and Stereotyping
- Self and Identity
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- Gromet, D. M., Okimoto, T. G., Wenzel, M., & Darley, J. (2012). A victim-centered approach to justice? Victim satisfaction effects on third-party punishments. Law and Human Behavior, 36(5), 375-389.
- Heilman M. E., & Okimoto, T. G. (2008). Motherhood: A potential source of bias in employment decisions. Journal of Applied Psychology, 93(1), 189-198.
- Heilman, M. E., & Okimoto, T. G. (2007). Why are women penalized for success at male tasks? The implied communality deficit. Journal of Applied Psychology, 92(1), 81-92.
- Lotz, S., Okimoto, T. G., Schlösser, T., & Fetchenhauer, D. (2011). Punitive versus compensatory reactions to injustice: Emotional antecedents to third-party interventions. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47(2), 477-480.
- Okimoto, T. G. (2009). The moderating and mediating role of group identification in observers' reactions to intragroup disrespect. European Journal of Social Psychology, 39(1), 69-81.
- Okimoto, T. G. (2008). Outcomes as affirmation of membership value: Material compensation as an administrative response to procedural injustice. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44(5), 1270-1282.
- Okimoto, T. G., & Brescoll, V. L. (2010). The price of power: Power-seeking and backlash against female politicians. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36(7), 923-936.
- Okimoto, T. G. & Heilman, M. E. (2012). The “bad parent” assumption: How gender stereotypes affect reactions to working mothers. Journal of Social Issues, 68(4), 704-724.
- Okimoto, T. G., & Tyler, T. R. (2007). Is compensation enough? Relational concerns in responding to unintended inequity. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 10(3), 399-420.
- Okimoto, T. G. & Wenzel, M. (2011). The other side of perspective-taking: Transgression ambiguity and victims’ revenge against their offender. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2(4), 373-378.
- Okimoto, T. G. & Wenzel, M. (2011). Third-party punishment and symbolic intragroup status. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47(4), 709-718.
- Okimoto, T. G., & Wenzel, M. (2010). The symbolic identity implications of inter and intra-group transgressions. European Journal of Social Psychology, 40(3), 552-562.
- Okimoto, T. G., & Wenzel, M. (2009). Punishment as restoration of group and offender values following a transgression: Value consensus through symbolic labelling and offender reform. European Journal of Social Psychology, 39(3), 346-367.
- Okimoto, T. G., Wenzel, M., & Feather, N. T. (2012). Retribution and restoration as general orientations toward justice. European Journal of Personality, 26(3), 255-275.
- Okimoto, T. G. & Wrzesniewski, A. (2012). Effort in the face of difference: Feeling like a non-prototypical group member motivates effort. European Journal of Social Psychology, 42(5), 628-639.
- Wenzel, M., & Okimoto, T. G. (2010). How acts of forgiveness restore a sense of justice: Addressing status/power and value concerns raised by transgressions. European Journal of Social Psychology, 40(3), 401-417.
- Wenzel, M., Okimoto, T. G., Feather, N. T., & Platow, M. J. (2010). Justice through consensus: Shared identity and the preference for a restorative notion of justice. European Journal of Social Psychology, 40(6), 909-930.
- Wenzel, M., Okimoto, T. G., Feather, N. T., & Platow, M. J. (2008). Retributive and restorative justice. Law and Human Behavior, 32, 375-389.
- Okimoto, T. G., & Wenzel (2008). The symbolic meaning of transgressions: Towards a unifying framework of justice restoration. In K. A. Hegtvedt & J. Clay-Warner (Eds.), Advances in Group Processes: Justice (Vol. 25, pp. 291-326). Oxford, UK: Elsevier.
- Okimoto, T. G., Wenzel, M., & Platow, M. J. (2010). Restorative justice: Seeking a shared identity in dynamic intragroup contexts. In M. A. Neale, E. Mannix, and E. Mullen (Eds.), Research on Managing Groups and Teams: Fairness and Groups (Vol. 13, pp. 201-238). Oxford, UK: Emerald Ltd.
Tyler G. Okimoto
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
University of Queensland