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April 8: How elitist vs. egalitarian views affect social judgment

By Sue McMurray, Carson College of Business

Karl-AquinoPULLMAN, Wash. – How individuals’ elitist or egalitarian beliefs can affect their behavior and social judgment will be discussed by a research professor from the Sauder School of Business 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, April 8, in Todd Auditorium 116 at Washington State University.

Karl Aquino will share research insights about how beliefs reflect a preference for one of two opposing ideological systems – elitist or egalitarian. Preferences affect a variety of social judgments, he found, including the fairness of affirmative action-based hiring, academic credibility, interpretation of a cross-sex workplace conflict and willingness to hire minority vs. non-minority job candidates.

Sponsored by the WSU Carson College of Business, the lecture is the first in a series featuring diverse researchers who will network with WSU faculty. It is part of the college’s effort to strengthen research collaboration across colleges and support WSU’s grand research initiatives.

Aquino is the Richard Poon Professor of Organizations and Society in the marketing and behavioral sciences division at the Sauder School of Business. He conducts research on the strategies people use when they have been mistreated by others, the consequences of workplace victimization and how status, power and social dominance affect organizational processes and interpersonal dynamics. He has published over 80 papers on these and other topics in management, psychology, marketing, management information systems and political science journals.


Adelle Thompson, WSU Carson College of Business, 509-335-0395,
David Sprott, WSU Carson College of Business, 509-335-6896,
Sue McMurray, WSU Carson College of Business communications, 509-335-7578,



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