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
2000-2014: (See vita for complete listing) Academy of Management Journal Academy of Management Learning and Education Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice 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 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 of 200 articles)
1. “Impact of Authentic Leadership on Performance: Role of Followers’ Positive Psychological Capital and Relational Processes,” (with Hui Wang, Yang Sui, Danni Wang & Yanhong Wu), Journal of Organizational Behavior, Vol. 35, 2014, pp. 5-21.
2. “Reflections on the Metamorphosis at Robben Island: The Role of Institutional Work and Positive Psychological Capital,” (with Wayne Cascio), Journal of Management Inquiry, Vol. 23, 2014, pp. 51-67.
3. “Meeting the Challenges of Effective International HRM: Analysis of the Antecedents of Global Mindset,” (with Joana Story, John Barbuto, and James Bovaird), Human Resource Management, Vol. 53, 2014, pp. 131-155.
4. “Going Beyond Research on Goal Setting: A Proposed Role for Organizational Psychological Capital of Family Firms,” (with Esra Memili and Diane Welch), Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, (in press).
6. “Thriving at Work: Impact of Psychological Capital and Supervisor Support,” (with Ted A. Paterson & Wonho Jeung), Journal of Organizational Behavior, published on-line, 2013, DOI: 10.1002/job.1907.
7. “Measuring Implicit Psychological Constructs in Organizational Behavior: An Example Using Psychological Capital,” (with Peter Harms), Journal of Organizational Behavior, Vol. 33, 2012, pp. 589-594.
8. “Impact of Employees’ Character Strengths of Wisdom on Stress and Creative Performance,” (with James Avey, Sean Hannah, David Sweetman and Chris Peterson), Human Resource Management Journal, Vol. 22, 2012, pp. 165-181.
9.“Psychological Capital and Employee Performance: A Latent Growth Modeling Approach” (with Suzanne Peterson, Bruce Avolio, Fred Walumbwa and Z. Zhang), Personnel Psychology, Vol. 64, 2011, pp. 427-450.
10.“Meta-analysis of the impact of positive psychological capital on employee attitudes, behaviors and performance” (with James Avey, Becky Reichart, and Ketan Mhatre), Human Resource Development Quarterly, Vol. 22, 2011, pp. 127-152.
Recent Awards (See vita for complete listing)
1. Distinguished Scholar Award, Midwest Academy of Management, 2014
2. University of Nebraska Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award, 2008
3. Featured Interview as “Notable Scholar and Thought Leader in Management” for Journal of Management Inquiry, 2006
4. Seacrest Fellow Award for Faculty Excellence, University of Nebraska, CBA, 2004
5. Honorary Doctorate from DePaul University for Career Achievement, 2003
6. University of Iowa Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievement, 2002
7. 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 8 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).
8. The article on “Positive Organizational Behavior” at the 2003 national Academy of Management meeting was a finalist for the Best Published Article Award.
9. Currently co-editor or editor of the Journal of World Business, Organizational Dynamics and Journal of Leadership and Organization Studies
10. 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)
11. UNL Excellence in Graduate Education Award (3rd such award given University-wide), 2000
12. 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.; 2015). (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, 12th Edition, Burr Ridge, Ill.: McGraw-Hill, 2007, 592 pp. (The first and longest tenure O.B. text; translated into several languages).
4. International Management, 9th 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 twelfth 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. According to Google Scholar he presently has about 24,000 citations and H-Index = 76.
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