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Center For Organizational Research and Effectiveness Information

UMCORE is an interdisciplinary group comprised of researchers and doctoral students from human resource (HR) management, organizational behavior (OB), strategic management (ST), and management information systems (MIS).


David Allen

Dr. Allen earned his Ph.D. from the Beebe Institute of Personnel and Employment Relations at Georgia State University. He is a Distinguished University Professor of Management in the Dept of Management, Fogelman College of Business and Economics, University of Memphis. He is also Coordinator for 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 HR management. His research on these topics has been published in Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Organizational Research Methods, Human Relations, and other outlets. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses primarily in the areas of HR management and organizational 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 U.S. Navy.


Brian Janz

Dr. Janz is a Professor of MIS and is an Associate Director for the FedEx Center for Supply Chain Management in the FedEx Institute of Technology at the Fogelman College of Business & Economics at the University of Memphis. In addition, he is the co-founder of the University’s Center for Managing Emerging Technology, and recently served as the Director for the Fogelman College's Executive Education program. Brian’s research has been published in book chapters as well as many academic and practitioner journals including MIS QuarterlyDecision ScienceJournal of MISPersonnel PsychologyJournal of Database ManagementJournal of Information Technology ManagementInformation and ManagementJournal of Global IT ManagementCycle Time ResearchJournal of Strategic Performance Measurement, and Journal of Education for MIS. Dr. Janz has over 30 years of experience in the information systems field working for the University of Minnesota, IBM, Honeywell, and General Motors, as well as consulting with several Fortune 500 companies and governmental agencies. Dr. Janz did his bachelor’s work in electrical engineering at the University of Wisconsin and University of Minnesota. He earned an MBA in strategic management and a Ph.D. in MIS from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Han Jiang

Dr. Jiang is an Assistant Professor of strategy and entrepreneurship in the Dept of Management, Fogelman College of Business and Economics, University of Memphis. He received his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the W.P.Carey School of Business, Arizona State University. His research interests include social networks and social capital, strategic leadership and managerial decision making, interfirm relationships, and corporate governance. Dr. Jiang has published his research in leading scholarly journals such as Journal of Management and Journal of Management and Organizations. His research has been funded by the Chinese National Foundation of Natural Science Research and Chinese National Social Science Foundation. Dr. Jiang teaches courses in strategic management and entrepreneurship. Before joining academia, he worked for Roland Berger and Bexcel Consulting Group (China) as a senior consultant.

Chuck Pierce

Dr. Pierce is the Great Oaks Foundation Professor of HR Management and Chair of the Dept of Management, Fogelman College of Business and Economics, University of Memphis. He received his B.S. from Syracuse University and M.A. and Ph.D. 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. Dr. Pierce has published his research in leading scholarly journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes, Journal of Management, Human Resource Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Educational & Psychological Measurement, and Organizational Research Methods. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and received awards including best paper in the Journal of Organizational Behavior and the Academy of Management's Research Methods Division Robert McDonald Advancement of Organizational Research Methodology award. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in HR management. Dr. Pierce is Coordinator of the Mid-south Management Research Consortium (MMRC; He has served as an expert witness in an age and race employment discrimination lawsuit and a negligent hiring lawsuit.

Alex Rubenstein

Dr. Rubenstein an Assistant Professor of Management in the Fogelman College of Business and Economics at the University of Memphis. He earned his Ph.D. in Management (HR/OB) from the Warrington College of Business Administration at the University of Florida. He also holds a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Washington. Dr. Rubenstein has published his research in leading scholarly journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Business Ethics, and Multivariate Behavioral Research. His research interests include individual differences in intelligence and personality, newcomer socialization and adjustment, employee turnover and retention, and interpersonal relationships at work.


Christian Calderon, Tong Kang, Kathy Ma, Juanita Trusty

About Us


Dr. David Allen (MGMT), Director & Co-Founder

Dr. Chuck Pierce (MGMT), Affiliate & Co-Founder

Dr. Brian Janz (MIS), Affiliate

Dr. Han Jiang (MGMT), Affiliate

Dr. Alex Rubenstein (MGMT), Affiliate

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