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The University of Texas at ArlingtonThe University of Texas at Arlington


Dr. Logan L. Watts

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Program: Industrial/Organizational 

Description of Research: 

Dr. Watts's research focuses on the topics of ethics, leadership, creativity/innovation, and narratives. For example, he studies the processes by which leaders impact ethical decision making and creative problem solving, as well as depictions of leadership and creativity in popular media. He has also worked with a variety of organizations in functions related to culture assessment, talent management, and training and development.


Areas of Interest: 

  • Ethics
  • Leadership
  • Innovation/Creativity
  • Narratives 

Representative Publications: 

  • Watts, L. L., Gray, B., & Medeiros, K. E. (2020). Side effects associated with organizational interventions: A perspective. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice. 
  • Watts, L. L., Medeiros, K. E., McIntosh, T. J., & Mulhearn, T. J. (2020). Decision biases in the context of ethics: Initial scale development and validation. Personality & Individual Differences, 153, 109609. 
  • Watts, L. L., Steele, L. M., & Den Hartog, D. N. (2020). Uncertainty avoidance moderates the relationship between transformational leadership and innovation: A meta-analysis. Journal of International Business Studies, 51, 138-145. 
  • Watts, L. L., McIntosh, T. J., Gibson, P. C., Mulhearn, T. J., Medeiros, K. E., Mecca, J. T., & Cohen-Charash, Y. (2019). Mild affective shifts and creativity: Effects on idea generation, evaluation, and implementation planning. Journal of Creative Behavior. DOI: 10.1002/jocb.427. 
  • Watts, L. L., Steele, L., & Mumford, M. D. (2019). Making sense of pragmatic and charismatic leadership stories: Effects on vision formation. The Leadership Quarterly, 30, 243-259. 
  • Watts, L. L., Steele, L. M., Medeiros, K. E., & Mumford, M. D. (2019). Minding the gap between generation and implementation: Effects of idea source, goals, and climate on selecting and refining creative ideas. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 13, 2-14. 
  • Watts, L. L., Ness, A. M., Steele, L. M., & Mumford, M. D. (2018). Learning from stories of leadership: How reading short stories about personalized and socialized politicians impacts performance on an ethical decision-making simulation. The Leadership Quarterly, 29, 276-294. 
  • Watts, L. L., Steele, L. M., & Song, H. (2017). Re-examining the relationship between need for cognition and creativity: Predicting creative problem solving across multiple domains. Creativity Research Journal, 29, 21-28. 
  • Watts, L. L., Medeiros, K. E., Mulhearn, T. J., Steele, L. M., Connelly, S., & Mumford, M. D. (2017). Are ethics training programs improving? A meta-analytic review of past and present ethics instruction in the sciences. Ethics & Behavior, 27, 351-384. 
  • Watts, L. L., & Buckley, M. R. (2017). A dual-processing model of moral whistleblowing in organizations. Journal of Business Ethics, 146, 669-683.