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Bradley L. Kirkman is the General (Ret.) H. Hugh Shelton Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Department Head of the Department of Management, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship in the Poole College of Management at North Carolina State University.

He received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

His research focuses on leadership, international management, virtual teams, and work team leadership and empowerment. He was formerly the Foreman R. and Ruby Bennett Endowed Chair in Business Administration in the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. He has also worked in the Scheller College of Management at The Georgia Institute of Technology and the Bryan School of Business and Economics at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. He has held visiting professor positions in the Department of Management and Organizations at the University of Western Australia in 2006 and the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University in 2012. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer of the Organizational Behavior Division in the Academy of Management.

He is the author of the book 3D Team Leadership: A New Approach for Complex Teams (2017, Stanford University Press). He has also authored several articles and book chapters on topics such as leadership, increasing the effectiveness of virtual teams, cross-cultural management issues, and team empowerment. His articles have appeared in such journals as the Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management Review, the Academy of Management Executive, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of International Business Studies, Leadership Quarterly, Organizational Research Methods, Human Relations, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Group & Organization Management, Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology, Organizational Dynamics, and others. His book chapters have appeared in: Oxford Handbook of Industrial and Organizational Psychology; Cambridge Handbook of Culture, Organizations, and Work; Advances in International Management; and Handbook of Global Management: A Guide to Managing Complexity.

In 2014, he was elected as a Fellow of both the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the American Psychological Association. Also in 2014 and again in 2017, he was selected as the College-wide winner of the Research Leadership Award in the Poole College of Management at NC State University as well as the departmental winner of the award from the Management, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Department. In 2008, he won the School-wide Ricky W. Griffin Outstanding Research Award in the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. In 2016, he won the Journal of International Business Studies Decade Award for most outstanding article published in the 2006 volume. He won the Academy of Management’s Organizational Behavior Division Award for Best International Paper in 2009. He was an Associate Editor for the Academy of Management Journal from 2005 to 2008 and is a current Editorial Board member for the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, and Organizational Psychology Review. He also received Outstanding Reviewer Awards from AMJ in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, and 2011, and was an outstanding reviewer for the International Management Division of the Academy of Management in 2000, 2002, and 2003. He has also won several teaching awards including the Association of Former Students Distinguished Teaching Award at Texas A&M in 2010 and the Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1999. He is a member of the Academy of Management, Academy of International Business, and Southern Management Association.

He has worked with several companies on issues such as leadership, global virtual teams, enhancing team effectiveness, working across cultural boundaries, and facilitating organizational change and development, including: AT&T, Alcoa, Biogen Idec, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, R.H. Donnelley, Cisco Systems, NetApp, SAS Institute, CenterPoint Energy, Opportune, the Texas Transportation Institute, The Home Depot, ExxonMobil, Halliburton, Conoco-Phillips, PPD, Sabre, the Centers for Disease Control, McCormick, Motorola, General Electric, IBM, the Sara Lee Corporation, Prudential Insurance, Allstate Insurance, MetLife Insurance, Builders Mutual Insurance Company, Eastman Chemical Company (Kodak), the Cone Corporation, MEMC, TransEnterix, the United States Bankruptcy Court, United States Postal Service, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), and the North Carolina National Guard. He has conducted research, presented papers, and taught in several countries including Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Dubai (UAE), England, Finland, France, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands, the People’s Republic of China, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United States.

See Professor Kirkman’s Latest Research Articles Below:

Team Leaders Should Play Favorites (but Only in Moderation)

Teamwork Works Best When Top Performers Are Rewarded

When Team Members Have Multiple Bosses

It’s Time to Make Business School Research More Relevant

The Biggest Culture Gaps Are Within Countries, Not Between Them

Cross-Level Influences of Empowering Leadership on Citizenship Behavior: Organizational Support Climate as a Double Edged Sword

Multiple Team Membership and Empowerment Spillover Effects: Can Empowerment Processes Cross Team Boundaries?

Are followers satisfied with conscientious leaders? The moderating influence of leader role authenticity

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