Sonia Goltz

Sonia Goltz


  • Professor of Organizational Behavior, College of Business
  • MS, PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Purdue University
  • BA in Psychology, University of Indianapolis


Dr Goltz began her career at the University of Notre Dame and joined Michigan Tech in 1996. In addition to the teaching and research she does that is listed below, she is active in serving the academic and business communities. For example, she has served as Director of Business Graduate Programs at MTU. She also is an editorial board member for the Journal of Management Education, Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, and Journal of Business and Management. Dr. Goltz occasionally does consulting work for local organizations such as the Portage Lake District Library and the LaSalle Technology Group.

Research Focus

Originally, beginning with her dissertation, Dr. Goltz conducted laboratory studies on escalation of commitment, sometimes called sunk cost or the decision to “throw good money after bad.” She then became interested in gender equity issues, including legal aspects and has several publications on those topics.  She also explored related topics such as social power. At this point she has been exploring the topic of coercion and freedom, an extension of her previous work on power and equity.


Teaching Interests

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Organizational Change

Research Interests

  • Organizational change
  • Organizational discrimination and justice processes
  • Social power
  • Entrepreneurial coping with stress