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Dr. Estee Unger-Aviram




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Dr. Unger-Aviram has a full academic appointment as a Senior Lecturer in the area of Organizational Behavior, in the Department of Managing Human Resources, at Sapir Academic College. She served as Chair of the Department of Managing Human Resources and headed the B.A. from 2011-2017. In 2016 she founded and serves to date as the Chair of the M.A. program in “Management & Development of the Human Resource” with two specialties: Human Resource Management (HRM) and Intra- Organizational Consulting & Development. 

She received her Ph.D. from the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, in 2001, and her M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from California State University Long Beach (CSULB), in 1991.

She completed a two year Post-Doctorate at the School of Management at the Ben Gurion University, in Israel from 2001-2003.

Her main areas of teaching include Organizational Psychology, Team Dynamics and Development, (Micro-Level) Organizational Consulting & Development, and Performance Appraisals & Rewards.

Her main research interests lie in obtaining a better understanding of the contextual, team, and individual variables that enhance motivation & continuous learning processes and high performance at the individual, team and organizational levels. Additional interests include obtaining a better understanding of the role that Human Resource Management & Practices play in teams and the crucial role of Leadership and Leadership Development (indvidual and shared leadership) in teams.

Areas of Interest

  • Motivation (Indiviual & Team)
  • Learning (Individual & Team)
  • Leadership (Individual & Shared)


Hebrew lective year: תשפ


Most of my research focuses on obtaining a better understanding of individual and team level variables and processes that enable organizations to build, develop, enhance, and maintain effective-high learning & performance teams. 



Articles in Refereed Journals Published

1. Bereby-Meyer, Y., Moran, S. & Unger-Aviram, E. (2004). Transfer of Integrative Negotiation Skills in Teams. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 93, 142-154.

2. Zwikael, O. & Unger-Aviram, E. (2010). HRM in project groups: The effect of project duration on team development effectiveness. International Journal of Project Management, 28, 413-421.

3. Becher, S. & Unger-Aviram, E. (2010). The Law of Standard Form Contracts: Misguided Intuitions and Suggestions for Reconstruction DePaul Business & Commercial Law Journal, 8(3), 199-227. 

4. Unger-Aviram, E., Zwikael, O., & Restubog, S. L.D. (2013). Revisiting the moderating role of feedback and recognition in the goal attainment- performance success relationship: The case of project teams. Group and Organization Management, 38(5), 570 – 600. doi:10.1177/1059601113500142 . [Editor’s Choice article collections (May 30th, 2015)]. *

5. Unger-Aviram, E. & Erez, M. (2016). The effects of situational goal orientation and cultural learning values on team performance and adaptation to change. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 25(2), 239-253. doi: 10.1080/1359432X.2015.1044515 

6. Katz-Navon, T., Unger-Aviram, E., & Block, C. J. (2016). Examining the cross- level influence of dispositional and team goal orientations on employee self-regulation and performance in a complex task environment. The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. doi: 10.1177/0021886316665460 

7. Unger-Aviram, E., Zeigler-Hill, V., Barina, M. & Besser, A. (2018). Narcissism, collective efficacy, and satisfaction in self-managed teams: The moderating role of team goal orientation. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 22(3), 172-186.http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/gdn0000089

Chapters in Books

1. Zwikael, O. & Unger-Aviram, E. (2010). Project leadership: Best practices in project team development. In R. Gleich, T. L. Mayer, R. Wagner, & Wald, A. (Eds.), Advanced project management, Volume 2, Nuremberg, Germany: GPM Deutsche Gesellschaft für Projektmanagement e.V.

2. Unger-Aviram, E. (2014). Narcissism in teams. In A. Besser (Ed.), Handbook of psychology of narcissism: Diverse perspectives, pp. 281-296. New York: Nova Science.


1. Unger-Aviram, E. & Erez, M. Learning goals and performance goals of teams and their effect on team learning and performance (Invited Symposium). Stockholm, Sweden XXVII International Congress of Psychology July 2000.

2. Unger-Aviram, E. & Erez, M. Building a team learning culture. (Invited Symposium). Washington, D.C. Academy of Management Conference (AOM) August 2001.

3. Bereby-Meyer, Y., Moran, S. & Unger-Aviram, E. The effect of learning teams on the transfer of skills in a complex multi-issue negotiation task. Washington, D.C Academy of Management Conference (AOM) August 2001

4. Unger-Aviram, E. & Erez, M. Team Learning. Ramat Gan, Israel. Tmurot. Mashabe Enosh December 2001

5. Bereby-Meyer, Y., Moran, S. & Unger-Aviram, E. Learning in negotiations: A question of transfer. Boston, MA Economic Science Association (ESA) June 2002
6. Erez, M. & Unger-Aviram, E. (Invited Symposium).  Work Motivation Goal orientation & learning values: Their effects on regulatory processes & learning at the individual & team levels. Singapore XXV International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP) July 2002

7. Unger-Aviram, E., Katz, T., & Erez, M. Structural & Cultural Effects on the Emergence of Collective-Efficacy, & on the Collective-Efficacy –Performance Relationship Denver, Colorado Academy of Management Conference (AOM) August 2002

8.  Zwikael, O. & Unger-Aviram, E. Team Development: Why doesn't it work in Project Teams? Sydney Australia 21st ANZAM Conference: "Managing our Intellectual and Social Capital" December 2007

9. Zwikael, O. & Unger-Aviram, E.The Project Manager as a Team Leader - The Role of Team Development Practices. Warsaw, Poland Project Management Institute (PMI) Research Conference* July 2008

10. Unger-Aviram, E. Team cognitions and processes: team learning, shared mental models information sampling, and transactional memory. Anaheim, CA, Academy of Management CONFERENCE (AOM) August 2008

11. Becher, S. & Unger-Aviram, E. Myth and Reality in Consumer Contracting Behavior. Cornell University Conference on Empirical Legal Studies September 2008

12.Katz-Navon, T., & Unger-Aviram, E. Goal Orientations in the workplace: A model explaining the relationships between individual- and team-goal orientations, individual self-regulations and work performance. Tel Aviv, Israel 1st Israel Organizational Behavior Conference (IOBC) December 2011

13. Unger-Aviram, E.,Zwikael, O., & Restubog, S. L.D. Revisiting the moderating role of feedback and recognition in the goal attainment-performance success relationship: The case of project teams. Tel Aviv, Israel The 1st Israel Organizational Behavior Conference (IOBC) December 2011

14.  Katz-Navon, T., Unger-Aviram, E., & Block, C. J.Team and dispositional goal orientations and performance: Integrating self-regulation. Houston, Texas,USA Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychology (SIOP- 14th division of APA). April, 2013

15. Katz-Navon, T., Unger-Aviram, E., & Block, C. J. Team and Dispositional Goal Orientations at Work: The Mediating Role of Negative Affect. Lisbon, Portugal The 15th Conference of International Academy of Management and Business (IAMB) April 2013

16.  Unger-Aviram, E., Zeigler-Hill, V., Barina, M. & Besser, A. Narcissists as Satisfied and Productive Team Members: The Moderating Role of Goal Orientation New Orleans, Louisiana, USA The 23rd Conference of IAMB January 2017

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