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Center For Organizational Research and Effectiveness Information

UMCORE is an interdisciplinary group comprised of researchers and students from the fields of industrial and organizational psychology, management, and organizational behavior.


Ron Landis

Dr. Ronald S. Landis earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and is currently a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Memphis. In addition to serving as Director for the University of Memphis Center for Organizational Research Effectiveness (UMCORE), Dr. Landis also serves as Director for the Industrial and Organizational Psychology research area in the Department of Psychology. He has primary research interests in the areas of structural equation modeling, multiple regression, and other issues associated with measurement and the prediction of performance. His work has been published in top-tier journals including Organizational Research Methods, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Personnel Psychology, and Journal of Applied Psychology. Dr. Landis is currently the Associate Editor for Personnel Psychology and serves on the editorial boards of Organizational Research Methods, Journal of Management, Personnel Psychology, Human Peformance, and Journal of Applied Psychology. Dr. Landis has recently completed a contract with Naval Personnel Research, Studies, and Technology (NPRST) which focused on the role of individual characteristics and team performance. Over the past decade, he has served as an expert witness and as a consultant for a number of public and private sector organizations.


David Allen

Dr. Allen earned his Ph.D. from the Beebe Institute of Personnel and Employment Relations at Georgia State University. He is currently an Associate Professor of Management in the Fogelman College of Business and Economics at the University of Memphis, and the Director of the Management Ph.D. program. His primary research interests include the flow of people into and out of organizations and the role of technology in human resource management. His research on these topics has been published in Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Personnel Psychology, Organizational Research Methods, Human Relations, and other outlets. Dr. Allen is a 2005-2006 recipient of a Suzanne Downs Palmer Professorship award for research. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses primarily in the areas of human resource management and organizational behavior, as well as research methods. He does organizational research and consulting on topics such as recruitment, retention, and organizational effectiveness, and has worked with organizations such as the Red Cross, Campbell Clinic, Georgia Department of Family and Children Services, Harrah's Entertainment, Methodist Hospitals, Pfizer, Region's Bank, and the U.S. Navy.

John Amis

John Amis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management at the University of Memphis. He also holds courtesy appointments in the Department of Health & Sport Sciences and the Center for Community Health. Amis' research interests center predominantly on issues of organizational and institutional change, particularly the role of individuals in interpreting and realizing change. His work has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In addition to two books, Amis' work has been published in journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Organizational Research Methods, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, European Journal of Marketing, Journal of Sport Management, and Leisure Studies.

Brian Janz

Dr. Janz is the Suzanne Palmer Downs Professor of MIS at the Fogelman College of Business and Economics at The University of Memphis. He also serves as the Associate Director of the FedEx Center for Supply Chain Management at the University of Memphis. Dr. Janz’s research interests focus on how information technologies affect organizational strategy and design, business processes, and supply chains. His field-based research has been conducted in several industries including healthcare, finance and insurance, transportation and logistics, manufacturing, retail, as well as governmental agencies, and his research has been published in MIS Quarterly, Decision Science, Communications of the AIS, Journal of MIS, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Database Management, Journal of Information Technology Management, and Information and Management. In addition, Dr. Janz serves on the editorial review boards for numerous journals. Dr. Janz has over 25 years of experience in the information systems field working for The University of Minnesota, IBM, Honeywell, and General Motors, as well as consulting with Fortune 500 companies and governmental agencies. Dr. Janz did his bachelor’s degree work in electrical engineering at both The University of Wisconsin and The University of Minnesota, and earned an MBA and a Ph.D. from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Charles Pierce

Dr. Charles A. (Chuck) Pierce is Professor of Human Resource Management in the Department of Management, Fogelman College of Business and Economics, University of Memphis.  He is Coordinator of the Ph.D. Program in Management, a Founding Member of the U of Memphis Center for Organizational Research and Effectiveness (UMCORE), and a 2007-2008 Suzanne D. Palmer research professor.  Dr. Pierce received his B.S. (1990) from Syracuse University and his M.A. (1992) and Ph.D. (1995) from the University at Albany, State University of New York.  His research interests include workplace romance, sexual harassment in organizations, test bias and discrimination in employee selection, and organizational research methods (e.g., quantitative methods for estimating interaction/moderating effects in the context of employee selection; statistical methods in employment discrimination litigation).  Dr. Pierce's research has been published in leading scholarly journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes, Journal of Management, Human Resource ManagementJournal of Organizational Behavior, Educational & Psychological Measurement, and Organizational Research Methods.  He teaches the following courses:  MGMT 3215 - Intro to HR Management; MGMT 4260 - Employee Staffing & Development; MGMT 7220 - Seminar on HR Management (professional MBA); MGMT 7250 - Strategic HR Management (executive MBA); and MGMT 8260 - Seminar on HR Management (PhD).  Dr. Pierce serves as an editorial board member for the Journal of ManagementOrganizational Research Methods, Journal of Business and Psychology, and Journal of Managerial Psychology.  He is currently a Guest Co-Editor for a special issue of the Journal of Management on "Walking New Avenues in Management Research Methods and Theories: Bridging Micro and Macro Domains."  Dr. Pierce has served as an expert witness in an age and race employment discrimination lawsuit.  He has HR management consulting and training expertise in sexual harassment, workplace romance, business ethics & ethical decision making, selection test bias, and employment discrimination.  Dr. Pierce is an elected member of the executive committee for the Academy of Management's Research Methods (RM) Division:  Treasurer (2003-2005), Program Chair-Elect/PDW Chair (2005-2006), Program Chair (2006-2007), Division Chair-Elect (2007-2008), Division Chair (2008-2009), and Past Division Chair (2009-2010).  He is also an elected officer in the Southern Management Association (SMA; Treasurer, 2007-present).


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About Us

UMCORE Members:

Ron Landis, Director
David Allen, Associate Director
Chuck Pierce, Founding Member
John Amis, Member
Brian Janz, Member

Affiliated Groups:

Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Department of Management

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