Sonia Goltz

Sonia Goltz


  • Professor of Organizational Behavior, College of Business
  • Mickus Endowed Faculty Fellow in Business Impact
  • MS, PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Purdue University
  • BA in Psychology, University of Indianapolis


Sonia Goltz began her career at the University of Notre Dame and joined Michigan Technological University in 1996. In addition to the teaching and research, Dr. Goltz is active in serving academic and business communities. She has served as director of business graduate programs at Michigan Tech. She also is an editorial board member for the Journal of Management Education, the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, and the Journal of Business and Management. Dr. Goltz also consults for local organizations including the Portage Lake District Library and LaSalle Technology Group.

Research Focus

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, Dr. Goltz is 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