Matthew McCarter, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Management and Ph.D. Advisor


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


Blog: Social Dilemmas of Organizing
Follow on Twitter: @Prof_McCarter

Dr. McCarter received his Ph.D. in 2009 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on decision making, cooperation, and conflict. His 26 peer-reviewed publications appear in outlets such as Academy of Management Review, Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes, Journal of Operations Management, and Human Resource Management Journal, among others. He has served as PI or co-PI on four external grants in support of his research.

He is currently an Associate Professor (with tenure) at the College of Business at The University of Texas San Antonio. Previous positions include the Wang-Fradkin Assistant Professor at the Argyros School of Business at Chapman University, and a Research Associate and Affiliate at the Economic Science Institute. He was awarded the Visiting John Angus Erskine Fellowship for a semester-long sabbatical at the School of Business and Law at the University of Canterbury. In his current role as Program Coordinator for Doctoral Program in the Department of Management, he is responsible for developing and leading initiatives to enhance doctoral students’ training in research and teaching.

Dr. McCarter has been inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at UTSA, and has received the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Texas System. He is a regular presenter at the Academy of Management and the International Association of Conflict Management Conferences. He is active in executive education and is passionate about using his research to enhance cooperation and diminish conflict in organizations.

Research Interests

  • Decision making
  • Collaboration
  • Cooperation
  • Conflict
  • Social dilemmas

Selected Publications

  • “Stakes and Self-control in Organizational Decision Making: The Case of Auction Fever in English and Penny Auctions,” with A.M. Winn, in The Psychology of Self-control, Hauppauge, NY: Nova Publishers, 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
  • “The Rational Irrationality of Auction Fever: Evidence from Gift Cards, Consumer Products on eBay, and the Behavioral Laboratory,” with A. Winn, Journal of Marketing Behavior, Vol. 4, No. 1, 2019, pp. 57-101. PDF
  • “Like a Jar of Flies? A Study of Self-control in an Organizational Social Dilemma with Large Stakes,” with J.R. Clark, D.F. Kamal and A. Winn, PLoS One, Vol. 13, No. 12, 2018, pp. e0207808. PDF
  • “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, 2018, pp. 89-117. PDF
  • “Land Assembly with Taxes, Not Takings,” with M. DeSantis and A. Winn, Applied Economics Letters, Vol. 26, No. 7, 2018, pp. 604-607. 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, Vol. 105, No. 3, 2018, pp. 176-185. 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 
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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