Research Programs

Faculty and doctoral students in the Department of Management at the University of Memphis are actively engaged in rigorous and relevant scientific research. Our areas of research expertise include human resource management, organizational behavior, leadership, strategic management, entrepreneurship, international management, and organizational research methods. Below is an overview of our research programs along with examples of representative research articles that we have published in premier scholarly journals.

Human Resource Management

Dr. Kristen Jones studies HR management topics such as subtle and overt discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, stigmas, sexism, and diversity training.  Examples of her research publications:

  • Arena, D.F., & Jones, K.P. (in press). To "B" or not to "B": Assessing the disclosure dilemma of bisexual individuals at work. Journal of Vocational Behavior.
  • Jones, K.P., Sabat, I., King, E.B., Ahmad, A.A., McCausland, T.C., & Chen, T.R. (2017). Isms and schisms: A meta-analysis of the prejudice-discrimination relationship across racism, sexism, and ageism. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 38, 1076-1110.
  • Jones, K.P. (2017). To tell or not to tell? Examining the role of discrimination in the pregnancy disclosure process at work. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 22, 239-250.
  • King, E.B., Dawson, J.F., Jensen, J., & Jones, K.P. (2017). A socioecological approach to relational demography: How demographic representativeness and respectful coworkers affect job attitudes. Journal of Business and Psychology, 32, 1-19.
  • Jones, K.P., Arena, D.F., Nittrouer, C.L., Alonso, N.M., & Lindsey, A.P. (2017). Subtle discrimination in the workplace: A vicious cycle. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 10, 51-76.
  • King, E.B., Mohr, J., Peddie, C., Jones, K.P., & Kendra, M. (2017). Predictors of identity management: An exploratory experience-sampling study of lesbian, gay, and bisexual workers. Journal of Management, 43, 476-502.
  • Jones, K.P., King, E.B., Gilrane, V.L., McCausland, T.C., Cortina, J.M., & Grimm, K.J. (2016). The baby bump: Managing a dynamic stigma over time. Journal of Management, 42, 1530-1556.
  • Jones, K.P., Peddie, C.I., Gilrane, V.L., King, E.B., & Gray, A. (2016). Not so subtle: A meta-analytic investigation of the correlates of subtle and overt discrimination. Journal of Management, 42, 1588-1613.
  • Jones, K.P., & King, E.B. (2014). Managing concealable stigmas at work: A review and multilevel model. Journal of Management, 40, 1466-1494.
  • Jones, K.P., King, E.B., Nelson, J., Bowes-Sperry, L., & Geller, D.S. (2013). Beyond the business case: An ethical perspective of diversity training. Human Resource Management, 52, 55-74.
  • Lindsey, A., King, E.,B., McCausland, T.C., Jones, K.P., & Dunleavy, E. (2013). What we know and don't: Eradicating employment discrimination 50 years after the Civil Rights Act. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 6, 391-413.

Dr. Chuck Pierce studies HR management topics such as workplace romance, sexual harassment in organizations, and test bias and discrimination in the selection of human capital.  He also studies organizational research methods topics such as meta-analysis and moderator variables.  Examples of his research publications:

  • Aguinis, H., Culpepper, S.A., & Pierce, C.A. (2016). Differential prediction generalization in college admissions testing. Journal of Educational Psychology, 108, 1045-1059.
  • Bosco, F.A., Aguinis, H., Field, J.G., Pierce, C.A., & Dalton, D.R. (2016). HARKing's threat to organizational research: Evidence from primary and meta-analytic sources. Personnel Psychology, 69, 709-750.
  • Bosco, F.A., Aguinis, H., Singh, K., Field, J.G., & Pierce, C.A. (2015). Correlational effect size benchmarks. Journal of Applied Psychology, 100, 431-449.
  • Hancock, J.I., Allen, D.G., Bosco, F.A., McDaniel, K.R., & Pierce, C.A. (2013). Meta-analytic review of employee turnover as a predictor of firm performance. Journal of Management, 39, 573-603.
  • Dalton, D.R., Aguinis, H., Dalton, C.M., Bosco, F.A., & Pierce, C.A. (2012). Revisiting the file drawer problem in meta-analysis: An assessment of published and non-published correlation matrices. Personnel Psychology, 65, 221-249.
  • Aguinis, H., Dalton, D.R., Bosco, F.A., Pierce, C.A., & Dalton, C.M. (2011). Meta-analytic choices and judgment calls: Implications for theory development and testing, obtained effect sizes, and scholarly impact. Journal of Management, 37, 5-38.
  • Aguinis, H., Culpepper, S.A., & Pierce, C.A. (2010). Revival of test bias research in preemployment testing. Journal of Applied Psychology, 95, 648-680.
  • Pierce, C.A., & Aguinis, H. (2009). Moving beyond a legal-centric approach to managing workplace romances: Organizationally sensible recommendations for HR leaders. Human Resource Management, 48, 447-464.
  • Aguinis, H., Sturman, M.C., & Pierce, C.A. (2008). Comparison of three meta-analytic procedures for estimating moderating effects of categorical variables. Organizational Research Methods, 11, 9-34.
  • Aguinis, H., Beaty, J.C., Boik, R.J., & Pierce, C.A. (2005). Effect size and power in assessing moderating effects of categorical variables using multiple regression: A 30-year review. Journal of Applied Psychology, 90, 94-107.
  • Pierce, C.A., Broberg, B.J., McClure, J.R., & Aguinis, H. (2004). Responding to sexual harassment complaints: Effects of a dissolved workplace romance on decision-making standards. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 95, 66-82.
  • Pierce, C.A., Aguinis, H., & Adams, S.K.R. (2000). Effects of a dissolved workplace romance and rater characteristics on responses to a sexual harassment accusation. Academy of Management Journal, 43, 869-880.
  • Aguinis, H., & Pierce, C.A. (1998). Testing moderator variable hypotheses meta-analytically. Journal of Management, 24, 577-592.
  • Pierce, C.A., Byrne, D., & Aguinis, H. (1996). Attraction in organizations: A model of workplace romance. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 17, 5-32.

Dr. Alex Rubenstein studies HR management and organizational behavior (OB) topics such as employee retention and turnover, newcomer socialization and adjustment, and employees' individual differences in personality and ability.  Examples of his research publications:

  • Rubenstein, A.L., Allen, D.G., & Bosco, F.A. (in press). What's past (and present) is prologue: Interactions between justice levels and trajectories predicting behavioral reciprocity. Journal of Management.
  • Rubenstein, A.L., Eberly, M.B., Lee, T.W., & Mitchell, T. R. (in press). Surveying the forest: A meta-analysis, moderator investigation, and future-oriented discussion of the antecedents of voluntary employee turnover. Personnel Psychology.
  • Allen, D.G., Peltokorpi, V., & Rubenstein, A.L. (2016). When "embedded" means "stuck": Moderating effects of job embeddedness in adverse work environments. Journal of Applied Psychology, 101, 1670-1686. 
  • Kammeyer-Mueller, J.D., Wanberg, C.R., Rubenstein, A.L., & Song, Z. (2013). Support, undermining, affect, and newcomer socialization: Fitting in during the first 90 days. Academy of Management Journal, 56, 1104-1124.
  • Kammeyer-Mueller, J.D., Rubenstein, A.L., Long, D.M., Odio, M.A., Buckman, B.R., Zhang, Y., & Halvorsen-Ganepola, M.D.K. (2013). A meta-analytic structural model of dispositional affectivity and emotional labor. Personnel Psychology, 66, 47-90.
  • Reynolds, S.J., Owens, B.P., & Rubenstein, A.L. (2012) Moral stress: Considering the nature and effects of managerial moral uncertainty. Journal of Business Ethics, 106, 491-502.
  • Kammeyer-Mueller, J.D., Steel, P.D., & Rubenstein, A.L. (2010). The other side of method bias: The perils of distinct source research designs. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 45, 294-321.

Organizational Behavior

Dr. Rabi Bhagat studies organizational behavior topics such as job stress, international management, and cross-cultural OB.  Examples of his research publications:

  • Leung, K., Bhagat, R.S., Buchan, N.R., Erez, M., & Gibson, C.B. (2005). Culture and international business: Recent advances and their implications for future research. Journal of International Business Studies, 36, 357-378.
  • Bhagat, R.S., Kedia, B.L., Harveston, P.D., & Triandis, H.C. (2002). Cultural variations in the cross-border transfer of organizational knowledge: An integrative framework. Academy of Management Review, 27, 204-221.
  • Kedia, B.L., & Bhagat, R.S. (1988). Cultural constraints on transfer of technology across nations: Implications for research in international and comparative management. Academy of Management Review, 13, 559-571.
  • Bhagat, R.S., McQuaid, S.J., Lindholm, H., & Segovis, J. (1985). Total life stress: A multimethod validation of the construct and its effects on organizationally valued outcomes and withdrawal behaviors. Journal of Applied Psychology, 70, 202-214.
  • Bhagat, R.S. (1983). Effects of stressful life events on individual performance effectiveness and work adjustment processes within organizational settings: A research model. Academy of Management Review, 8, 660-671.
  • Bhagat, R.S., & McQuaid, S.J. (1982). Role of subjective culture in organizations: A review and directions for future research. Journal of Applied Psychology, 67, 653-685.

Dr. Robert Renn studies organizational behavior topics such as leadership, work motivation, goal setting, work design, job performance, and self-management.  Examples of his research publications:

  • Renn, R.W., Steinbauer, R., & Biggane, J. (in press). Reconceptualizing self-defeating work behavior for management research. Human Resource Management Review.
  • Renn, R.W., Steinbauer, R., Taylor, R.R., & Detwiler, D.J. (2014). School-to-work transition: Mentor career support and student career planning, job search intentions, and self-defeating job search behavior. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 85, 422-432.
  • Steinbauer, R., Renn, R.W., Taylor, R.R., & Njoroge, P.K. (2014). Ethical leadership and followers' moral judgment: The role of followers' perceived accountability and self-leadership. Journal of Business Ethics,120, 381-392.
  • Renn, R.W., Allen, D.G., & Huning, T. (2011). Empirical examination of the individual-level personality-based theory of self-management failure. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 32, 25-43.
  • Renn, R.W., Allen, D.G., Fedor, D.B., & Davis, W.D. (2005). The roles of personality and self-defeating behaviors in self-management failure. Journal of Management, 31, 659-679.
  • Fenner, G.H., & Renn, R.W. (2004). Technology-assisted supplemental work: Construct definition and a research framework. Human Resource Management, 43, 179-200.
  • Renn, R.W., & Fedor, D.B. (2001). Development and field test of a feedback seeking, self-efficacy, and goal setting model of work performance. Journal of Management, 27, 563-583.
  • Renn, R.W., & Vandenberg, R.J. (1995). The critical psychological states: An underrepresented component in job characteristics model research. Journal of Management, 21, 279-303.

Strategic Management

Dr. Frances Fabian studies strategic management, online communities, and entrepreneurship.  Examples of her research publications:

  • Clampit, J., Kedia, B., Fabian, F., & Gaffney, N. (2015). Offshoring satisfaction: The role of partnership credibility and cultural complementarity. Journal of World Business, 50, 79-93.
  • Aissaoui, R., & Fabian, F.F. (2015). The French paradox: Implications for variations in global convergence. Journal of International Management, 21, 31-48.
  • Wakolbinger, T., Fabian, F., & Kettinger, W.J. (2013). IT-enabled interorganizational information sharing under co-opetition in disasters: A game-theoretic framework. Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 33, 5-14.
  • Miller, K.D., Fabian, F., & Lin, S. (2009). Strategies for online communities. Strategic Management Journal, 30, 305-322.
  • Fabian, F., Molina, H., & Labianca, G. (2009). Understanding decisions to internationalize by small and medium-sized firms located in an emerging market. Management International Review, 49, 537-563.
  • Fabian, F. (2000). Keeping the tension: Pressures to keep the controversy in the management discipline. Academy of Management Review, 25, 350-371.

Dr. Mike Nalick studies strategic management and entrepreneurship topics such as top managers, boards of directors, corporate governance, corporate misconduct, and corporate political activities.  Examples of his research publications:

  • Franco-Santos, M., Nalick, M., Rivera, Z., & Gomez-Mejia, L. (in press). Governance and well-being in academia: The negative consequences of applying an agency theory logic in higher education. British Journal of Management.
  • Nalick, M., Josefy, M., Zardkoohi, A., & Bierman, L. (2016). Corporate sociopolitical involvement: A reflection of whose preferences? Academy of Management Perspectives, 30, 384-403.

Dr. Robert Wiggins studies strategic management topics such as sustained competitive advantage, hypercompetition, and information systems.  Examples of his research publications:

  • Wiggins, R.R., & Ruefli, T.W. (2005). Schumpeter's ghost: Is hypercompetition making the best of times shorter? Strategic Management Journal, 26, 887-911.
  • Ruefli, T.W., & Wiggins, R.R. (2003). Industry, corporate, and segment effects and business performance: A non-parametric approach. Strategic Management Journal, 24, 861-879.
  • Wiggins, R.R., & Ruefli, T.W. (2002). Sustained competitive advantage: Temporal dynamics and the incidence and persistence of superior economic performance. Organization Science, 13, 82-105.
  • Wiggins, R.R., & Ruefli, T.W. (1995). Necessary conditions for the predictive validity of strategic groups: Analysis without reliance on clustering techniques. Academy of Management Journal, 38, 1635-1656.

Dr. Peter Wright studies strategic management topics such as corporate governance, agency theory, tournament theory, and the valuation of firm investments.  Examples of his research publications:

  • Walters, B.A., Kroll, M., Wright, P. (2010). The impact of TMT board member control and environment on post- IPO performance. Academy of Management Journal, 53, 572-595.
  • Kroll, M., Walters, B.A., & Wright, P. (2008). Board vigilance, director experience, and corporate outcomes. Strategic Management Journal, 29, 363-382.
  • Wright, P., Kroll, M., Krug, J., & Pettus, M. (2007). Influences of top management team incentives on firm risk taking. Strategic Management Journal, 28, 81-89.
  • Lado, A., Boyd, N., Wright, P., & Kroll, M. (2006). Paradox and theorizing within the resource-based view. Academy of Management Review, 31, 115-131.
  • Elenkov, D., Judge, W., & Wright, P. (2005). Strategic leadership and executive innovation influence: An international multi-cluster comparative study. Strategic Management Journal, 26, 665-682.
  • Wright, P., Kroll, M., & Elenkov, E. (2002). Acquisition returns, increase in firm size, and Chief Executive Officer compensation: The moderating role of monitoring. Academy of Management Journal, 45, 599-609.
  • Wright, P., Kroll, M., Lado, A., & Van Ness, B. (2002). The structure of ownership and corporate acquisition strategies. Strategic Management Journal, 23, 41-53.

International Management

Dr. Ben Kedia studies international management topics including international business strategy and cultural & comparative management.  Examples of his research publications:

  • Kedia, B.L., Gaffney, N., & Clampit, J. (2012). EMNEs and knowledge-seeking FDI. Management International Review, 52, 155-173.
  • Lahiri, S.D., Kedia, B.L., & Mukherjee, D. (2012). The impact of management capability on the resource-performance linkage: Examining Indian outsourcing providers. Journal of World Business, 47, 145-155.
  • Kedia, B.L., & Mukherjee, D. (2009). Understanding offshoring: A research framework based on disintegration, location and externalization advantages. Journal of World Business, 44, 250-261.
  • Perez-Nordtvedt, L., Payne, G.T., Short, J.C., & Kedia, B.L. (2008). An entrainment-based model of temporal organizational fit, misfit, and performance. Organization Science, 19, 785-801.
  • Perez-Nordtvedt, L., Kedia, B.L., Datta, D.K., & Rasheed, A.A. (2008). Effectiveness and efficiency of cross-border knowledge transfer: An empirical examination. Journal of Management Studies, 45, 714-744.
  • Danskin, P., Dibrell, C., & Kedia, B.L. (2005). The evolving role of cooperation among multinational corporations and indigenous organizations in transition economies: A migration away from confrontation. Journal of World Business, 40, 223-234.
  • Bhagat, R.S., Kedia, B.L., Harveston, P.D., & Triandis, H.C. (2002). Cultural variations in the cross-border transfer of organizational knowledge: An integrative framework. Academy of Management Review, 27, 204-221.
  • Kedia, B.L., & Mukherji, A. (1999). Global managers: Developing a mindset for global competitiveness. Journal of World Business, 34, 230-251.
  • Kedia, B.L., & Harveston, P.D. (1999). Transformation of MBA programs: Meeting the challenge of international competition. Journal of World Business, 33, 203-217.
  • Kedia, B.L., & Bhagat, R.S. (1988). Cultural constraints on transfer of technology across nations: Implications for research in international and comparative management. Academy of Management Review, 13, 559-571.

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