Ajay Ponnapalli

Ajay Ponnapalli

Title

Assistant Professor of Management

Email

ajay.ponnapalli@wayne.edu

Office

Mike Ilitch School of Business
2771 Woodward Avenue
Room 471
Detroit, MI 48201

Academic Programs

  • Management

Ajay Ponnapalli

Biography

Dr. Ajay Rama Ponnapalli is Assistant Professor in the Department of Management at Wayne State University’s Mike Ilitch School of Business. He earned his doctorate degree in Business Administration from Florida International University. He also earned a master’s degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Florida International University and a bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Osmania University, India.

Dr. Ponnapalli’s research interests lie in remote work, leadership, and inclusion in organizations. His work has been published in several management journals including Personnel Psychology, Organizational Research Methods, The Leadership Quarterly, and Group & Organization Management. He has presented his research at numerous national and international conferences and has received awards from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the Indian Academy of Management.

Prior to joining Wayne State University, Dr. Ponnapalli worked in executive leadership development and also worked with some multinational organizations.

Education

  • Ph.D. Florida International University, Miami, FL
  • M.S. Florida International University, Miami, FL
  • B.E. Osmania University, Hyderabad, India

Expertise

Remote Work, Leadership, Inclusion in Organizations 

AACSB specialty

Management

Research and teaching interests

Teaching

  • Human Resources (HR)
  • People Analytics

Research

  • Remote Work
  • Leadership
  • Inclusion at Work 

Publications

Gajendran, R. S.*, Ponnapalli, A. R.*, Wang, C.*, & Javalagi, A*. (forthcoming). A dual pathway model of remote work intensity: A meta-analysis of its simultaneous positive and negative Effects. Personnel Psychology.
* equal first author contribution.

Wang, C, Ponnapalli, A. R., & Sin, H.P. (forthcoming). A purposeful approach to LMX differentiation: The role of LMX with key members. Group & Organization Management.

Sanchez, J. I., Wang, C., Ponnapalli, A. R., Sin, H-P., Xu, L., Lapeira, M., & Song, M. (2023). Assessing common-metric effect sizes to refine mediation models. Organizational Research Methodshttps://doi.org/10.1177/10944281231169943

Xu, L., Zhao, Y., Wang, C., & Ponnapalli, A. R. (2021). Corporate social responsibility and corporate reputation: the moderating roles of CEO and state political ideologies. Social Responsibility Journal. https://doi.org/10.1108/SRJ-08-2020-0318

Hiller, N. J, Sin, H-P., Ponnapalli, A. R., & Ozgen, S. (2019). Benevolence and authority as WEIRDly unfamiliar: A multi-language meta-analysis of paternalistic leadership behaviors from 152 studies. The Leadership Quarterly, 30(1), 165-184. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.leaqua.2018.11.003

Beane, D., Ponnapalli, A. R., & Viswesvaran, C. (2017). Workplace religious displays and perceptions of organization attractiveness. Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal, 29(2), 73-88. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10672-016-9286-9

Presentations

-----Recent Conference Presentations-----

Ponnapalli, A. R., Gajendran, R. S., & Sethi, D. (2023, August). Extreme Extra-Organizational Events and Employee Effectiveness: The Case of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Paper presentation at the 83red Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Boston, MA.

Ponnapalli, A. R., Yestrepsky, J., & Tekleab, A. (2023, August). Blessing in Disguise? Remote Work Modality and Psychological Contract Fulfillment. Paper presentation at the 83red Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Boston, MA.

**Ponnapalli, A. R., Gajendran, R. S., Wang, C., & Javalagi, A. (2022). A Quantitative Synthesis of the Remote Work Literature. Poster presented at the 37th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Seattle, WA.
Selected as one of ten Top Posters at the 2022 SIOP Annual Conference**

Sanchez, J. I., Wang, C., Ponnapalli, A.R., Sin, H.-P., Xu, L., Lapeira, M., & Song, M. (2022). Towards a common metric of mediation effects in meta-analysis. Poster presented at the 37th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Seattle, WA.

Gajendran, R. S., Javalagi, A., Wang, C., & Ponnapalli, A. R. (2021, August). Consequences of remote work use and intensity: A meta-analysis. Paper presented at the 81st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (Virtual).

Sanchez, J. I., Wang, C., Ponnapalli, A. R., & Sin, H-P. (2020, August). A Meta-Analysis of Neglected
Artifacts in Organizational Behavior Mediation Research
. Paper presented at the 80th Annual
Meeting of the Academy of Management (Virtual).

Zhou, Y., Wang, C., Ponnapalli, A. R., Von Glinow, M. A., & Kim, K. (2020, April). Impacts of crosscultural
management training on cultural intelligence
. Poster to be presented at the 35th Annual
Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Austin, TX.

**Ponnapalli, A. R., Wang, C., Gajendran, R., & Kundu, S. (2020, January). "Home is where the heart is":
How Families Influence International New Venture Growth
. Paper presentation at the 2020
Conference of the Indian Academy of Management, Tiruchirappalli, India.
Awarded top paper presentation at INDAM 2020**

Wang. C, Ponnapalli, A. R., Gajendran, R. S., Kundu, S., & Sin, H-P. (2020, January). The initiation,
development, and maintenance of relationships in International New Venture networks
. Paper
presentation at the 2020 Conference of the Indian Academy of Management, Tiruchirappalli, India.

Courses taught by Ajay Ponnapalli

Winter Term 2024 (current)

Fall Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022