Matthew McCarter, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Management


  • Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana
  • B.S. Brigham Young University at Provo


Blog: Social Dilemmas of Organizing
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Matthew W. McCarter earned his BS in management from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah in 2005 and received a PhD in business administration from the College of Business at the University of Illinois – Urbana in 2009.  That same year, he became an assistant professor of management in the Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University.  While at Chapman, he was the youngest to hold the Wang-Fradkin Assistant Professorship, the University’s highest faculty research award.  In 2012, he received the Ascendant Scholar Award of the Western Academy of Management.  In 2013, he moved to the College of Business of the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).  In 2015, UTSA awarded him early tenure and promotion to associate professor of management. In spring 2017, Matthew was a visiting John Angus Erskine Fellow in the School of Business and Economics at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Matthew’s primary research interest is decision making with a particular interest in social dilemmas and collaboration problems in organizational settings.  He bridges scholarly conversations by teaming with scholars in a variety of fields – e.g. organizational behavior, operations management, strategic management, economics, experimental economics, managerial economics, finance, behavioral finance, healthcare management, quantitative psychology, social psychology, and geography – to study strategies that organizations and other collectives may employ to increase effective decision making, trust, and pro-social behavior in a variety of business ventures; e.g. alliances, supply chains, public-private partnerships, work teams, and communities.

He is the receiver of research funding from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, International Foundation of Experimental Economics, the Wang-Fradkin Research Fund at Chapman University, the Ralph W. Leatherby Center at Chapman University, Office of Research at the University of Illinois – Urbana, Office of the Vice President for Research at UTSA, and the Office of Research of the College of Business at UTSA.

Matthew employs field survey, case study, archival data, simulation, and experimental research methods to capture a fuller picture of how managerial decisions can be effectively made and collective action achieved in organizational settings.  He has published in a variety of scholarly journals including Academy of Management ReviewOrganizational Behavior & Human Decision ProcessesJournal of Operations ManagementHuman Resource Management JournalGroups & Organization ManagementSupply Chain Management and Journal of Business Logistics.  One of his papers – published in Supply Chain Management – is one of the top 10 most cited papers in the history of the journal.  His research and teaching has been covered by a host of news media outlets including Yahoo-newsFOX NewsABC NewsBYU Radio, and Texas Public Radio.

Lastly, Matthew is an accomplished teacher.  He received the inaugural Dean’s Honor Roll Award for Teaching Excellence (with highest honors) for the 2014-2015 academic year.  The teaching award with highest honors places him in the top 10% of all faculty and instructors in the College.  In 2016, Matthew received the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award – one of the USA’s largest and most competitive teaching awards in higher education and the largest teaching award in the UT System. In 2017, he received the Richard S. Howe Teaching Award – UTSA’s most prestigious undergraduate teaching award.

Research Interests

My primary research focus is decision making with a special interest in cooperation and conflict between individuals and organizations. I also have a smaller stream of research examining how organizations manage their relationships with members and customers. Where possible, I use multiple methods to study a phenomenon either within or across studies; e.g. laboratory experiments, archival data analysis, field surveys, computer simulations, and/or case methodologies.

Recent Publications by Topic

Decision Making, Cooperation, and Conflict among Individuals

Decision Making, Cooperation, and Conflict among Organizations

Worker and Customer Relations with Organizations

Decision Making, Cooperation, and Conflict among Individuals

“How Alliance Managers Are Like Blind Men Describing an Elephant: Investigating Resource Pooling and Value Asymmetries,” with S.E. Fawcett and C.D. Wooldridge, in Social Integration: Predictors, Practices, and Obstacles, Hauppauge, NY: Nova Publishers, forthcoming. PDF

“Land Assembly with Taxes, Not Takings,” with M. DeSantis and A. Winn, Applied Economics Letters, forthcoming. PDF

“Models of Intragroup Conflict in Management: A Literature Review,” with K.A. Wade-Benzoni, D. Fudge Kamal, H.M. Band, S.J. Hyde and R. Maredia, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, forthcoming. PDF

“Who’s Holding Out? An Experimental Study of the Benefits and Burdens of Eminent Domain to Navigate the Tragedy of the Anticommons,” with A. Winn, Journal of Urban Economics, forthcoming. PDF

“The Three Triggers of Conflict: Perspectives from Economics, Social Psychology, and Evolutionary Biology,” with M. Caldara, M. McBride and R.M. Sheremeta, Games, Vol. 8, No. 2, 2017, pp. 1-12. PDF 

“The Role of the Decision-making Process on Cooperation in a Workgroup Social Dilemma: An Examination of Cyberloafing,” with B. Corgnet and R. Gonzales, Games, Vol. 6, No. 4, 2015, pp. 588-603. PDF

“Divided Loyalists or Conditional Cooperators? Creating Consensus About Cooperation in Multiple Simultaneous Social Dilemmas,” with A. Samak and R. Sheremeta, Group and Organization Management, Vol. 39, No. 6, 2014, pp. 744-771. PDF

“You Can’t Place Old Wine in New Bottles: The Effect of Newcomers on Efficient Coordination in Groups,” with R. Sheremeta, PLoS ONE, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2013. PDF

“Glad Tidings and Grave Warnings: The Role of Advice on Cooperation in Public Goods Dilemmas with Value Uncertainty,” with B.L. Bonner, Organization Management Journal, Vol. 10, No. 1, 2013, pp. 1-18. PDF

“It’s a Game of Give and Take: Modeling Behavior in a Give-or-take-some Social Dilemma,” with D.V. Budescu, Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, Vol. 15, No. 5, 2012, pp. 649-667. PDF

“The Give-or-take-some Dilemma: An Empirical Investigation of a Hybrid Social Dilemma,” with D.V. Budescu and J. Scheffran, Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes, Vol. 116, No. 1, 2011, pp. 83-95. PDF

“Is It Even Worth It? The Effect of Loss Prospects in the Outcome Distribution of a Public Goods Dilemma,” with K.W. Rockmann and G.B. Northcraft, Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes, Vol. 111, Issue 1, 2010, pp.1-12. PDF

“Using Audience Response Systems in Organizational Research,” with A. Caza, Journal of Management and Organization, Vol. 15, No. 1, 2009, pp. 122-131. PDF

Decision Making, Cooperation, and Conflict among Organizations

“Why Supply Chain Integration Fails: The Socio-structural View of Resistance to Collaboration Strategies,” with S.E. Fawcett, G.S. Web, A.D. Fawcett and G.M. Magnan, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, Vol. 20, No. 6, 2015, pp. 648-663. PDF

“Recognizing and Resolving Social Dilemmas in Supply-chain Public-private Partnerships,” with D. Fudge Kamal, Journal of Business Logistics, Vol. 34, No. 4, 2013, pp. 360-372. PDF

“Testing the Waters: How Collective Real Options Manage the Social Dilemma of Strategic Alliances,” with J.T. Mahoney and G.B. Northcraft, Academy of Management Review, Vol. 36, No. 4, 2011, pp. 621-640. PDF

“Supply Chain Alliances and Social Dilemmas: Bridging the Barriers that Impede Collaboration,” with S.E. Fawcett and G.M. Magnan, International Journal of Procurement Management, Vol. 1, No. 3, 2008, pp. 318-342. PDF

“The Bridges, Barriers, and Benefits to Supply Chain Management,” with S.E. Fawcett and G.M. Magnan, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2008, pp. 35-48. PDF

“Three-stage Implementation Model for Supply Chain Collaboration,” with S.E. Fawcett and G.M. Magnan, Journal of Business Logistics, Vol. 29, No. 1, 2008, pp. 93-112. PDF

“Behavioral Issues in Supply Chain Collaboration: Communicating the Literature Via Interactive Learning,” with S.E. Fawcett, International Journal of Integrated Supply Management, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2008, pp. 159-180. (equal authorship) PDF

“Happy Together? Some Insights from Viewing Managed Supply Chains as Social Dilemmas,” with G.B. Northcraft, Journal of Operations Management, Vol. 25, No. 2, 2007, pp. 498-511. PDF

“Information Sharing and Supply Chain Performance: The Role of Connectivity and Willingness,” with S.E. Fawcett, P. Osterhaus, G.M. Magnan and J.C. Brau, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, Vol. 12, No. 5, 2007, pp. 358-368. PDF

“The Supply Chain Puzzle Game: Highlighting Behavioral Issues in Supply Chain Management,” with S.E. Fawcett, Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2006, pp. 337-342. PDF

“The Effect of People on the Supply Chain World: Some Overlooked Issues,” with S.E. Fawcett and G.M. Magnan, Human Systems Management Journal, Vol. 24, No. 3, 2005, pp. 197-208. (equal authorship) PDF

Worker and Customer Relations with Organizations

“Performance Benefits of Reward Choice: A Procedural Justice Perspective,” with A. Caza and G.B. Northcraft, Human Resource Management Journal, Vol. 25, No. 2, 2015, pp. 184-199. PDF

“Toward a Theory of Reinstatement: Seven Motivations for Reinstatement as Relationship Repair,” with A. Caza, Employee Responsibilities & Rights Journal, Vol. 22, No. 4, 2010, pp. 279-295. PDF

“Service Recovery in Transition Economies: Russia and China,” with W.K. Gubler,  K.K. Seawright and Y. Zhang, Managing Global Transitions, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2008, pp. 23-51. (equal authorship) PDF