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Evan Polman

Evan Polman

Joined Stern 2010

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Tisch Hall
40 West Fourth Street, 701C
New York, NY 10012

E-mail epolman@stern.nyu.edu

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Evan Polman joined the Stern School of Business as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations in September 2010. He teaches "Management and Organizational Analysis."

Professor Polman's research interests include social cognition and decision making; in particular, he studies how judgments, decisions, and behaviors people make or enact themselves differ from the decisions, judgments, and behaviors that people make or enact on behalf of others. His work in this area has received the Hillel Einhorn New Investigator Award for best paper in judgment and decision making by a new researcher (awarded by the Society for Judgment and Decision Making), as well a nomination for the William H. Newman Award for best paper based on a dissertation (nominated by the Academy of Management). His research has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and is published in Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, and Social Cognition.

Professor Polman received a B.Com from McMaster University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Cornell University.

Research Interests

  • Social cognition and decision making

Courses Taught

  • Management and Organizational Analysis

Academic Background

Ph.D., Organizational Behavior
Cornell University

M.S., Organizational Behavior
Cornell University

McMaster University

Awards & Appointments

Academy of Management William H. Newman Award (nominee) 2010
Society for Judgment and Decision Making Hillel Einhorn New Investigator Award 2009
Academy of Management (MOC Division) Best Paper 2007

Selected Publications

Polman, E., & Emich, K. J. (2011)
Decisions for others are more creative than decisions for the self
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin

Polman, E. (2011)
When more pain is preferred to less: The effect of anger in decision making
Social Cognition, 29, 43-55

Goncalo, J. A., Polman, E., & Maslach, C. (2010)
When confidence comes too soon: Collective efficacy, conflict and group performance over time
Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 113, 13-24

Polman, E. (2010)
Information distortion in self-other decision making
Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 432-435

Polman, E. (2010)
Why are maximizers less happy than satisficers? Because they maximize positive and negative outcomes
Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 23, 179-190

Areas of Expertise


  • Decision Making & Policy
  • Organizational Behavior