Jessica R. Methot

Associate Professor
Distinguished Research Professor, University of Exeter Business School
Human Resource Management (HRM)
Executive and Professional Education
Ph.D., University of Florida
 94 Rockafeller Road, Room 209, Piscataway, NJ 08854
  • Intra-organizational social networks
  • Positive workplace relationships
  • Team processes
  • Work and non-work interface

Jessica R. Methot, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Human Resource Management in the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University and a Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Management at University of Exeter Business School, UK. She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of Florida Warrington College of Business.

Dr. Methot conducts research at the intersection of interpersonal workplace relationships and social network dynamics, including how formal HR practices transform informal social networks, the functional and dysfunctional consequences of workplace relationships, and their temporal and multidimensional features. Her research in these areas has been published in leading academic journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management ReviewPersonnel PsychologyJournal of Management, and Human Resource Management Review and has been featured in popular media outlets such as Harvard Business ReviewNPRThe New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalBloombergCNN MoneyUSA TodayFast Company, and NY Times Magazine. Dr. Methot is an active member of the Academy of Management, where she serves on the executive committee of the Organizational Behavior Division; she serves on the Editorial Review Boards of the Academy of Management ReviewJournal of Applied Psychology and Personnel Psychology; and is a faculty board member for the Center for Women and Work (CWW). She frequently presents to and consults for audiences at a variety of corporations and professional organizations on topics ranging from managing personal and organizational networks to the digital HRM transformation.

(† Denotes PhD student at time of project initiation)

Methot, J. R., †Rosado-Solomon, E., Downes, P., & Gabriel, A. (Conditionally accepted). Office
chit-chat as a social ritual: The uplifting yet distracting effects daily small talk at work. Academy
of Management Journal

Methot, J. R., †Rosado-Solomon, E., & Allen, D. (2018). The network architecture of human
capital: A relational identity perspective. Academy of Management Review, 43, 723-748.

-Finalist, Academy of Management Review Best Paper, 2018

Methot, J. R.*, Melwani, S.*, & Rothman, N. B. (2017). The space between us: A social-functional emotions view of ambivalent and indifferent workplace relationships. Journal of Management. (*equal authorship)
-Selected Press Coverage:Bloomberg;; MSN;Quartz (; Financial Times; Rutgers Today

Methot, J. R., Lepak, D. P., Shipp, A. J., & Boswell, W. R. (2017). Good Citizen Interrupted: Calibrating a Temporal Theory of Citizenship Behavior. Academy of Management Review, 42, 1-22.    

Methot, J. R., LePine, J. A., Podsakoff, N. P., & Christian, J. L. (2016). Are workplace friendships a mixed blessing? Exploring tradeoffs of multiplex relationships and associations with job performance. Personnel Psychology, 69, 311-355.(Lead Article)
-Winner, Personnel Psychology Best Article Award, 2018
-Selected Press Coverage: Harvard Business Review; The New York Times; The Wall Street Journal;NPR; The Economist; CNNMoney; Financial Times; NYTimes Magazine; USA Today; TED blog

Methot, J. R., & LePine, J. A. (2016). Too close for comfort? Investigating the nature and functioning of work and non-work boundary segmentation preferences. Journal of Business and Psychology, 31, 103-123.

LePine, J. A., Buckman, B., Crawford, E. R., & Methot, J. R. (2011). A review of research on personality in teams: Accounting for pathways spanning levels of theory and analysis. Human Resource Management Review, 21, 311-330.

LePine, J. A., Piccolo, R. F., Jackson, C. L., Mathieu, J. E., & Saul, J. R. (2008). A meta-analysis of teamwork processes: Tests of a multidimensional model and relationships with team effectiveness criteria. Personnel Psychology, 61, 273-307.

Book Chapters

LePine, J. A., Methot, J. R., Crawford, E. R., & Buckman, B. (2012). A model of positive relationships in teams: The role of instrumental, friendship, and multiplex social network ties. Personal Relationships: The Effect of Supervisory, Co-worker, Team, Customer and Nonwork Exchanges on Employee Attitudes, Behavior, and Well-being, SIOP Frontier Series. L. T. Eby and T. D. Allen (Eds). 

LePine, J. A., LePine, M. A., & Saul, J. R. (2007). Relationships among work and non-work challenge and hindrance stressors and non-work and work effectiveness criteria: A model of cross-domain stressor effects. In P. Perrewé and D. Ganster (Eds.), Research in Occupational Stress and Well-Being (Vol. 6, pp. 35-72). New York: Elsevier. 

Recent Academic Conference Presentations | Selected Invited Presentations

Recent Academic Conference Presentations

Methot, J. R., Rosado-Solomon, E., & Levin, D. Friend and foe? The psychological and social network effects of ambivalent relationships.

  • Presented in the “Relational Ambivalence at Work” symposium (Chair: K. E. Ingram) at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Anaheim, August 2016.
  • Presented at the Positive Relationships at Work Microcommunity, Cornell University, June 2016.
  • Presented at the 7th Intra-Organizational Networks (ION) Conference, Lexington, KY, 2014.

Methot, J. R., Downes, P., Levin, D., & Sharma, P. Peer ties and voice: The effects of constructive voice on liking and competence perceptions. Presented in the “Extending the Nomological Network of Voice: Antecedents, Contingencies, and Outcomes of Speaking Up” Showcase symposium (Chairs: M. L. Frazier & R. Frieder) at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Vancouver, August 2015.

Methot, J. R., & LePine, J. A. The impact of ambivalent friendships on network brokerage, network turbulence, and work engagement. Presented in the “Experiences and Outcomes of Ambivalence in Interpersonal Workplace Relationships” Showcase symposium (Chairs: J. Methot & N. Rothman) at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Philadelphia, PA, August 2014.

Methot, J. R., & LePine, J. A. Unpacking the functions of positive workplace relationships: Building and testing a theory of workplace friendships and their link to job performance.

  • Poster presented at 29th Annual Conference for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Honolulu, HI. May 2014.
  • Presented in the “Positive Relationships at Work: Expanding the Empirical Foundations of an Emerging Research Stream” symposium (Chairs: K. Rogers & E. Heaphy) at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Lake Buena Vista, August 2013.

Methot, J. R., Shah, N. P., & Parker, A. Network responsiveness: A theory of the coevolution of formal and informal organizational networks. Presented at the 6th Intra-Organizational Networks (ION) Conference, Lexington, KY, 2014.

Methot, J. R., Lepak, D. Boswell, W. R., & Glomb, T. M. Organizational citizenship behavior and burnout: The joint role of time and group dynamics. Presented in the “Linking Seemingly Desirable Organizational Phenomena and Dysfunctional Outcomes across Contexts and Levels of Analysis” symposium (Chair: J. R. Methot), Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Boston, August 2012.

Methot, J. R., & Cole, M. S. Peer Mentoring: A longitudinal analysis of next generation leaders and their developmental networks.

  • Presented at the 5th Intra-Organizational Networks (ION) Conference, Lexington, KY, 2012.
  • Presented at the 32nd Annual International Sunbelt Social Network Conference, Redondo Beach, CA, 2012.

Selected Invited Presentations

“Networked HRM.” Presentation at the 25th Annual Garden State Council SHRM Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, September 2016.
“The Space between Good and Bad: The Psychological and Social Network Effects of Ambivalent Relationships.” Presentation at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, May 2016.
“Friend and foe? The Psychological and Social Network Effects of Ambivalent Friendships.” Presentation at the 21st Annual Wharton OB Conference, Philadelphia, PA, November 2015.
“The Value of Analyzing and Managing Organizational Networks.” Presentation to Johnson & Johnson Corporate HR Executive Team, New Brunswick, NJ, June 5, 2015.
“’The Plight of Young Scholars’: A ‘Coin Toss’ or a Case for Resiliency?” Management and International Net-workshop. University of Zurich, Department of Business, October 12, 2014.
“Navigating and Leveraging Your Social Networks for Job Growth.” Professional Service Group of Central New Jersey, Somerville, NJ, May 20, 2013.
“Social Networks: An Overview, Research, and Implications.” State Advisory Council, New Brunswick, NJ, May 10, 2011.

Media Interviews | Media Mentions

Media Interviews & Posts

Media Mentions

  • Methot, J. R., LePine, J. A., Podsakoff, N. P., & Christian, J. L. Are workplace friendships a mixed blessing? Exploring tradeoffs of multiplex relationships and associations with job performance. Personnel Psychology, 69, 311-355.
    • USA Today; Marie Claire Magazine; Science of Us; Research Digest; Minds for Business, Association for Psychological Science; Dr. Oz’s The Good Life; Book of Odds; HR Morning; Human Resource Executive Online
  • “Rutgers University Professor to research Atrion’s work culture.” Atrion News, February 28, 2012.
  • “Text Messaging Welcome in Rutgers Class—and Students Retain More.” Rutgers Today, March 8, 2012.
  • “HR Class Participation Peaks Through Professor Methot’s Polling” SMLR Update Newsletter, Issue 3, December 23, 2011.


Undergraduate Degree Program: Introduction to Human Resource Management
Master's Degree Program: Analyzing and Managing Organizational Networks
Executive & Professional Education - Jumpstarting Your Social Network