Fred Luthans

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Fred Luthans

University and George Holmes Distinguished Professor of Management

Editor, Organizational Dynamics

Co-Editor-in-Chief, Journal of World Business

Co-Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Leadership and Organization Studies
Contact Information

CBA 271
P.O. Box 880491
Lincoln, NE 68588-0491
Phone: +1-402-472-2324
Fax: +1-402-472-5855

Joined the college in 1967.

  • Organizational Behavior
  • International Management
  • Leadership
Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior/Theory and Management, Social Psychology - University of Iowa, 1965 MBA – University of Iowa, 1962 BS in mathematics, University of Iowa, 1961
Research Interests
Positive Psychological Capital Organizational Behavior Modification International Management Authentic Leadership
Teaching Interests
Organizational Behavior International Management
Published In
2000-2007: (See vita for complete listing) Academy of Management Journal Academy of Management Learning and Education Human Resource Development Quarterly Human Resource Development Review Human Resource Management Journal International Journal of Human Resource Management Journal of Applied Psychology Journal of International Business Studies Journal of Knowledge Management Journal of Management Journal of Management Inquiry Journal of Managerial Issues Journal of Organizational Behavior Journal of World Business Leadership Quarterly Management and Organization Review Organizational Dynamics Personnel Psychology
Refereed Publications
Recent Publications (See vita for complete listing) 1. “Positive Psychological Capital: Measurement and Relationship with Performance and Satisfaction,” (with Bruce Avolio, James Avey and Steven Norman), Personnel Psychology, Vol. 60, Autumn, pp. 541-572. 2. “Experimental Analysis of a Web-Based Intervention to Develop Positive Psychological Capital,” (with James Avey and Jaime Patera), Academy of Management Learning and Education, 2008, in press 3. “The Mediating Role of Psychological Capital in the Supportive Organizational Climate-Employee Performance Relationship,” (with Steve Norman, Bruce Avolio and James Avey), Journal of Organizational Behavior, 2007, vol. 29, pp. 219-238. 4. “More Evidence of the Value of Chinese Workers’ Psychological Capital: A Potentially Unlimited Competitive Resource?” (with James Avey, Rachel Clapp-Smith and Weixing Li), International Journal of Human Resource Management, 2008, in press. 5. “Psychological Ownership: Theoretical Extensions, Measurement and Relation to Work Outcomes,” (with James Avey, Bruce Avolio and Craig Crossley), Journal of Organizational Behavior, 2008, in press. 6. “Positive Organizational Behavior in the Workplace: The Impact of Hope, Optimism, and Resilience,” (with Carolyn Youssef), Journal of Management, Vol 33, 2007, pp774-800. 7. “Emerging Positive Organizational Behavior,” (with Carolyn Youssef), Journal of Management, Vol. 33, No. 3, 2007, pp. 321-349. 8. “Diversity Training: Analysis of the Impact of Self Efficacy,” (with Gwen Combs), Human Resource Development Quarterly, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2007, pp. 91-120. 9. “The ‘Point’ of Positive Organizational Behavior,” (with Bruce Avolio), Journal of Organizational Behavior, 2008, in press. 10. “A Call for Longitudianl Designs in POB and PsyCap Research,” Journal of Organizational Behavior, 2008, in press. 11. “Can Positive Employees Help Positive Organizational Change?” The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Vol. 44, 2008, pp. 7-24.
Recent Awards (See vita for complete listing) 1. University of Nebraska Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award, 2008 2. Featured Interview as “Notable Scholar and Thought Leader in Management” for Journal of Management Inquiry, 2006 3. Seacrest Fellow Award for Faculty Excellence, University of Nebraska, CBA, 2004 4. Honorary Doctorate from DePaul University for Career Achievement, 2003 5. University of Iowa Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievement, 2002 6. In the Academy of Management’s Learning and Education Journal, an article using a quantitative review of a very large sample of management professors of “The Rated Importance, Scientific Validity, and Practical Usefulness of Organizational Behavior Theories,” the Luthans Organizational Behavior Modification Theory came out as one of the eight highest rated (along with theories by Lewin, McClelland, Hackman, Locke, Miner, Vroom, and Bass). 7. The article on “Positive Organizational Behavior” at the 2003 national Academy of Management meeting was a finalist for the Best Published Article Award. 8. Currently co-editor or editor of the Journal of World Business, Organizational Dynamics and Journal of Leadership and Organization Studies 9. Academy of Management Hall of Fame (Charter member, based on being one of “Top Five” in entire history of management in number of articles published in Academy’s top tier journals) 10. UNL Excellence in Graduate Education Award (3rd such award given University-wide), 2000 11. President of the Academy of Management in 1986. The Academy is the professional association of virtually all management academics worldwide.
Additional Information
Recent Books: (See vita for complete listing) 1. Psychological Capital (with Carolyn Youssef and Bruce Avolio), Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press (2007, 246 pp.). (The first book of its kind summarizing Luthans et al. theory, research, and application of positive psychology to the workplace.) 2. The High Impact Leader: Moments Matter in Accelerating Authentic Leadership Development (with Bruce Avolio), New York: McGraw Hill, 2006, 274 pp. (A best-selling book on a new approach to leadership.) 3. Organizational Behavior, 11th Edition, Burr Ridge, Ill.: McGraw-Hill, 2007, 592 pp. (The first and longest tenure O.B. text; translated into several languages). 4. International Management, 7th Edition (with Jonathan Doh), Burr Ridge: Irwin/ McGraw-Hill, 2008, 587 pp. (By far the market leader.) Introductory Bio Fred Luthans is the George Holmes Distinguished Professor of Management. He received his B.A., MBA, and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, and was a post-doc at Columbia University. He taught at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point prior to joining the UNL faculty in 1967. He won the College of Business Administration Distinguished Teaching Award and the University of Nebraska Excellence in Graduate Education Award. A former President of the Academy of Management, he is also the recipient of an honorary doctorate from DePaul University, the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Iowa, and the Academy of Management’s Distinguished Educator Award. He is an inaugural member of the Academy of Management Hall of Fame, as well as a fellow in the Decision Sciences Institute. A prolific writer, Dr. Luthans has published 45 books, 166 articles in refereed journals, and over 200 articles and book chapters. His book, Organizational Behavior, is in its eleventh edition and is considered the first text in its field. Most recently, Dr. Luthans is researching positive organizational behavior (POB) and positive psychological capital and the effect of micro-interventions in increasing competitive advantage for today’s organizations. Luthans and his team of researchers have brought this concept and its measurement to management literature in recent publications in top-tier journals such as Personal Psychology and Journal of Management.
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