Dr. Caitlin Porter is an Assistant Professor of Management in the Fogelman College of Business and Economics at The University of Memphis. She earned her Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Purdue University. Prior to joining UofM, she was an Assistant Professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology at the University of Houston.
Dr. Porter’s program of research investigates how people navigate their careers within and across employing organizations and the role of personal and professional relationships in this process. As such, her research addresses the topics of work relationships, most often professional and social networks, employee withdrawal and turnover and career mobility and success. This work has been published in quality outlets such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management and Journal of Organizational Behavior.
Dr. Porter discusses recent research on Turnover Contagion:
Dr. Porter teaches Human Resource Management at both the undergraduate and doctoral levels:
MGMT 3215: Intro to Human Resource Management
MGMT 8220: Research in Human Resource Management
Service & Outreach
Dr. Porter currently serves as an Associate Editor for Human Resource Management and on the editorial boards of Personnel Psychology, Human Resource Management Review, and Journal of Vocational Behavior. She is a Representative-at-Large for the Careers Division of the Academy of Management (2022-2025), and a member of the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Ethics for the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (2020-2023).
Dr. Porter is a Society for Human Resource Management, Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and regularly works with HR leaders and organizational psychologists to conduct research investigating employee mobility, retention, and career success. She has worked with healthcare organizations, including Texas Children’s Hospital, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and LifeDoc Health, as well as major corporations, such as FedEx Express.
Porter, C. M., & Rigby, J. R. (2021). The turnover contagion process: An integrative review of theoretical and empirical research. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 42, 212-228.
***Tied for 1st place for FCBE’s Outstanding Conceptual Publication Award, 2022
Woehler, M.†, Cullen-Lester, K. L.†, Porter, C. M.†, & Frear, K. (2021). Whether, how, and why networks influence men's and women's career success: Review and research agenda. Journal of Management, 47, 207-236.
Porter, C. M., Posthuma, R., Maertz, C. P., Jr., Joplin, J., Rigby, J. R., Gordon, M., & Graves, K. (2019). On-the-Job and Off-the-Job Embeddedness Differentially Influence Relationships between Informal Job Search and Turnover. Journal of Applied Psychology, 104, 678-689. doi: 10.1037/apl0000375
Porter, C. M., Woo, S. E., Allen, D. G., & Keith, M. G. (2019). How do instrumental and expressive network positions relate to turnover?: A meta-analytic investigation. Journal of Applied Psychology, 104, 511-536. doi: 10.1037/apl0000351
Porter, C. M. (2018). Long Live Social Exchange Theory. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Research and Practice, 11, 498-504.
Porter, C. M., Woo, S. E., & Campion, M. A. (2016). Internal and external networking differentially predict turnover through job embeddedness and job offers. Personnel Psychology, 69, 635-672. DOI: 10.111/peps.12121
***Finalist for Personnel Psychology’s 2016 Best Article Award, 2018
Porter, C. M., Woo, S. E., Tak, J. (2016). Developing and validating short-form protean and boundaryless career attitude scales. Journal of Career Assessment, 24(1), 162-181.
Porter, C. M., & Woo, S. E. (2015). Untangling the networking phenomenon: A dynamic psychological perspective on how and why people network. Journal of Management, 41(5), 1477-1500.