Karim Ginena

Ethnographer. Behavioral Ethicist. Social Scientist. Leader.

I am UX Researcher working at Facebook to amplify the voice of users on the responsibility and fairness of our AI-driven products. I use qualitative methods to understand phenomena from the perspective of people who experience them, and experimental studies to explore causal mechanisms.

My Ph.D. is in Management (Organizational Behavior and Ethics) from the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. Prior to pursuing my doctorate, I worked in banking, logistics, and higher ed research.

I'm honored to have been named:

  • Winner of the 2019 Academy of Management (AOM) Best Dissertation-Based Paper Award (OB Division);

  • Top 3 finalist for the 2020 Society of Business Ethics Best Dissertation Award;

  • Emerging Scholar by the Society of Business Ethics;

  • Young Policy Professional by Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law and Policy;

  • Nominee for the 2019 William H. Newman AOM All-Academy Award.

Comments on my research from the AOM award-granting committee (plus a cool photo of me in firefighting gear!) can be found under the Research tab.

My dissertation is grounded in 120 one-on-one, semi-structured interviews with 40 full-time career firefighters over an 18-month period, 60 hours of observation, field notes, and archival documents as data sources. Using these sources, I develop process theory for loyalty tension management. The model helps explain how organizational members experience and manage loyalty tensions – an important case of right-vs-right ethical dilemmas – and the effects of members’ instinctive and deliberative cognitive practices and behavioral strategies on substantive individual, interpersonal and organizational outcomes.