Professor of Management, John L. Grove College of Business
Visiting Professor, MCI Management Law Center, Innsbruck, Austria
PhD. Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Pennsylvania State University
Master of Science, Psychology, Pennsylvania State University
Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Penn State University (Highest Honors)
Research & Teaching Areas
Research Interests: Experiential learning and the efficacy of workplace interventions, managerial development, qualitative research methodology, leadership, motivation theory.
Teaching Areas: Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Business Ethics, Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior.
Recent Journal Publications
Hargrove, M. B., Becker, W. S., & Hargrove, D. F. (in press). The HR eustress model: Creating work challenge through positive stress. Human Resource Development Review.
Becker, W. S., & Burke, M. J. (2014). Instructional staff rides for management learning and education. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 13, 4, 510-524.
Becker, W. S., Catanio, J. T., & Bailey, A. E. (2014). Incivility at work: A project management case involving workplace bullying. Journal of Human Resources Education, 8, 2/3, 20-31.
Becker, W. S. (2014). Cultural agility: Building a pipeline of successful global professionals [Review]. Personnel Psychology, 67, 1, 526-529.
Kowalski, M., & Becker, W. S. (2014). A developing profession: Muslim chaplains in American public life. Contemporary Islam. 9, 17-44.
Becker, W. S. (2013). Starting new team operations: Lessons from greenfield managers. Team Performance Management. 19, 1/2, 72-86.
Becker, W. S., & Burke, M. J. (2012). The staff ride: An approach to qualitative data generation and analysis. Organizational Research Methods, 15, 2, 316-335.
Becker, W. S. (2011). Are you leading a socially responsible and sustainable human resource function? People & Strategy, 34, 1, 18-23.
Becker, W. S., Carbo, J. A. II, Esq., & Langella, I. M. (2010). Beyond self-interest: Integrating social responsibility and supply chain management with human resource development. Human Resource Development Review, 9, 2, 144-168.
Becker, W. S., Dale, W. M., & Pavur, E. J. Jr. (2010). Forensic science in transition: Critical leadership challenges. Forensic Science Policy & Management: An International Journal, 1, 1-10.
Becker, W. S. (2010). Ethics and human resources: An exercise involving new employees. Journal of Human Resource Education, 4, 4, 26-34.
Becker, W. S. (2007). Missed opportunities and the Great Bear Wilderness Disaster. Organizational Dynamics, 36, 4, 363-376.
Dale, W. M. & Becker, W. S. (2014). Applying Business Principles to Forensic Laboratory Management. NYC: Taylor & Francis. CRC Press.
Dale, W. M. & Becker, W. S. (2007). The Crime Scene: How Forensic Science Works. NYC: Kaplan Publishing.
Recent Reviews, Chapters In Edited Volumes and Other Scholarly Contributions
Becker, W. S. & Zappalà, S. (2013). The EuroPsy specialist certificate in work and organizational psychology. The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist. 51, 2, 195-197.
Becker, W. S. & Smith, R. (2013). Social and environmental responsibility, sustainability, and human resource practices. In, Sustainable Value Chain Management: Analyzing, Designing, Implementing, and Monitoring for Social and Environmental Responsibility. Adam Lindgreen, Sankar Sen, Franҫois Maon, and Joëlle Vanhamme (Editors), Gower Publishing. 153-164.
Becker, W. S. (2013). Socially responsible and sustainable supply chains. In, Greening Organizations: Driving Change with I-O Psychology, Ann H. Huffman and Stephanie R. Klein (Editors), Taylor & Francis.
Becker, W. S. (2012). Organization development: A practitioner’s guide for OD and HR [Review]. Personnel Psychology.
Becker, W. S. (2012). Turbulence: Boeing and the state of American workers and managers [Review]. Personnel Psychology, 216-219.
Becker, W. S. (2012). Self-directed work teams. In, Encyclopedia of Human Resource Management, Vol. 1, Key Topics and Issues. R. K. Prescott (Editor). Pfeiffer.
Bagyi, J., & Becker, W. S. (2012). Employment discrimination. In, Encyclopedia of Human Resource Management, Vol 1, Key Topics and Issues. R. K. Prescott (Editor). Pfeiffer.
Recent Academic Presentations and Invited Talks
Becker, W. S. (2015, July). Keynote speaker. Risk management workshop: CalPers Case Study. Washington State Investment Board, Seattle, WA.
Hargrove, M. B., Becker, W. S., & Quick, J. (2015, August). The curvilinear relationship between ethical arousal and ethical performance. 75thannual meeting of the Academy of Management, Vancouver, CA.
Becker, W. S., Catanio, J. T., & Leibensperger, C., (2015, May). Effectiveness of target response to workplace bullying. Eastern Academy of Management, Philadelphia, PA.
Leibensperger, C., Becker, W. S., & Catanio, J. T. (2015, April). Target response to workplace bullying: Results from a national and student survey. Minds@Work conference, Shippensburg, PA.
Becker, W. S. (2015, April). Increasing student engagement: The historic military staff ride. 26th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
Becker, W. S., & Burke, M. J. (2014, October). The staff ride: A new (old) method for connecting management research and practice. Midwest Academy of Management, Minneapolis, MN.
Becker, W. S. (2014, May). The staff ride: A new approach to qualitative research. In, Conducting qualitative research: Methodologies and strategies for I/O psychologists. Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Honolulu, HI.
Becker, W. S. (2014, March). Keynote speaker, Risk Management. New York State Teachers Retirement System (NYSTRS).
Becker, W. S. & Burke, M. J. (2013, May). Extending the Staff Ride for Qualitative Research in Organizational Psychology. European Association f Work and Organizational Psychology, Münster, Germany.
Becker, W. S. & Burke, M. J. (2013, April).Master Tutorial. Qualitative investigation of context: The staff ride for research and practice. Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Houston, TX. [Selected as program exemplar for 2014].
Campana, N., & Becker, W. S. (2013, March). Revisiting the historic staff ride for understanding situated action. Eastern Psychological Association, NY.
SELECT Honors and Awards
Elected Fellow, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (2015).
Recipient, Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology, 26th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning (2015).
President, Executive Board, Metropolitan New York Association of Applied Psychology, elected (2015-2016).
Academy of Management Organizations and the Natural Environment Division’s Book Award, “Green Organizations: Driving Change with I-O Psychology” (2014, with co-authors).
Teaching Innovation and Pedagogy Spotlight (TIPS) Award, Shippensburg University (2014).
Recipient, Research Excellence Award, Academy of Human Resource Development (2010, with co-authors).
Editor, The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist (2007-2010).
Recipient, Teaching and Research Awards, College of Business, Shippensburg University (2008-2014).
Recipient, Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, State University of New York (2007).
Recipient, Newman Dissertation Award, Academy of Management (2000).
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