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Robert W Renn

Assistant Professor

Management | Coggin College of Business

Areas of Expertise

Business leadership and mentoring; Self-defeating work behavior; Work habits; Goal setting and job performance

Education

Ph.D. (1989) Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
College of Business Administration
Major: Management (Organizational Behavior)
Minor: Human Resource Management/Industrial Psychology

 

Dissertation: A Holistic Evaluation of the Job Characteristics Model. Chair: Dr. Robert J. Vandenberg.

Published in the Journal of Management:

Robert W. Renn & Robert J. Vandenberg (1995). The Critical Psychological States: An Underrepresented Component in Job Characteristics Model Research. Journal of Management. 21: 279-303. (Cited 311 times, Harzing’s Publish or Perish).

 

M.S. (1985) Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
College of Business Administration
Major: Management (Organizational Behavior)

 

B.S. (1983) Kennesaw State University, Marietta, Georgia
Department of Psychology
Major: Psychology (Industrial/Organizational)
Minor: Business Administration

 

Dr. Renn is a Certified Facilitator of The Leadership Challenge and Leadership Practices Inventory coach (A Wiley Brand).

Biography

Dr. Robert Renn holds a doctorate in business administration from Georgia State University's College of Business Administration. His major field of study was organizational behavior; his minor field of study was human resource management. His dissertation research was funded by Cotton States Insurance Co. (Atlanta, GA) and focused on job design. Since his dissertation research, Dr. Renn has worked with Management Science of America, Georgia Department of Human Resources, Scottish Rite Children's Hospital, AutoZone, Youth Villages and other organizations. Dr. Renn is a member of the Academy of Management and Southern Management Association, and has presented numerous original studies at annual meetings sponsored by both organizations. In addition, Dr. Renn's articles have been published in the Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Human Relations, Educational and Psychological Measurement, Group and Organization Management, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Organizational and Occupational Psychology, Compensation and Benefits Review, Advances in the Management of Organizational Quality, The Journal of Social Psychology, Journal of Business Ethics, Human Performance, and Journal of Vocational Behavior. His research interests are improving work performance, eliminating self-defeating work behavior, business leadership, and work habits. His research has been cited over 1,900 times by scholars. Before earning his doctorate, Dr. Renn worked in architecture for six years. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps Airwing from 1974-1979. Dr. Renn joined the University of Memphis in 1989 and served for six years as Director of Research for the Memphis Institute of Leadership Education (MILE). Dr. Renn is delighted to be a member of the management faculty of the Coggin College of Business, University of North Florida. He recently was selected to serve as research liasion for the prestigious Taylor Leadership Institute of the University of North Florida.

Awards

Teaching Awards:

The Leadership Challenge (A Wiley Brand) Crystal Award for leadership education and development 2019

 

Finalist for the University of Memphis Thomas Briggs Undergraduate Teaching Award. 2013.

 

Teaching Scholar of the Year. 2012. Department of Management. Fogelman College of Business and Economics, University of Memphis.

 

Finalist for the University of Memphis Distinguished Teaching Award. 1998.

 

Graduate Student Teaching Award (1989), Georgia State University.

 

Research Awards:

Best Paper Award in Organizational Psychology. 2016. Annual meeting of the British Academy
of Management.

 

Research Scholar of the Year. 2015. Department of Management. Fogelman College of Business
and Economics. University of Memphis.

 

Research Scholar of the Year. 2014. Department of Management. Fogelman College of Business
and Economics. University of Memphis.

 

Finalist for the Reed Center Best Applied Paper Award. 2014. Careers Division. Academy of
Management Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

 

Research Scholar of the Year. 2013. Department of Management. Fogelman College of Business
and Economics. University of Memphis.

 

Outstanding Doctoral Student Paper Award. 2011. Southern Management Association. Ethics/Social Issues/Diversity Track. (Co-authored w/ doctoral student, Robert
Steinbauer).

 

Best Published Theoretical Paper Award. 2007. Fogelman College of Business and Economics.

 

Best Paper Award. 1998. Academy of Management/Ernst & Young Conference on Work
Quality, Arizona State University.

 

Second Place Award for Best Published Theoretical Article. 1995. Fogelman College of
Business and Economics.

 

Runner-up for the Academy of Management Public Sector Division's Levine Best Paper
Award. 1993. Atlanta, GA.

 

Best Published Empirical Article. 1993. Department of Management. Fogelman College of Business and Economics.

 

Academy of Management Junior Faculty Consortium (OMT Division), 1990, San
Francisco, CA.

Affiliations

Academy of Management

Southern Management Association

Publications & Presentations

Steinbauer, R., Renn, R. W., Chen, S., Dietz, G. & Biggane, J. (in press). The Impact of Workplace Mentors on the Moral Disengagement of Business Student Protégés. Journal of Management Education.

 

Renn, R. W., Steinbauer, R., & Huning, T. (in press). External career mentoring and mentor turnover intentions: Role of mentor work engagement, satisfaction with protege, and meeting frequency. Evidence-based HRM: A global forum for empirical scholarship.

 

Steinbauer, R., Renn, R. W., Chen, S., Rhew, N. (2018). Workplace ostracism, self-regulation, and job performance: Moderating role of intrinsic motivation. Journal of Social Psychology, 158: 767-783.


Renn, R. W., Steinbauer, R., & Biggane, J. (2018). Reconceptualizing self-defeating work behavior for management research. Human Resource Management Review, 28:131-143


Steinbauer, R., Renn, R. W., Rhew, N., & Chen, S. (2016). Workplace ostracism, self-regulation, and job performance: Moderating role of intrinsic motivation. Best Paper Award in the Organizational Psychology Track. Proceedings of the meeting of the British Academy of Management, New Castle, UK.


Renn, R. W., Steinbauer, R., Taylor, R., & Detwiler, D. (2014). School-to-work transitions: Mentor career support and student career planning, job search intentions, and self-defeating job search behavior. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 85, 422-432.


Renn, R. W., Steinbauer, R., & Fenner, G. (2014). Employee behavioral activation and behavioral inhibition systems, manager ratings of employee job performance, and employee withdrawal. Human Performance, 27 (4), 347-371.


Steinbauer, R. S., Renn, R. W., Taylor, R. (2014). Ethical leadership and followers' moral judgment: Role of followers' perceived accountability and self-leadership. Journal of Business Ethics, 120 (3), 381-392.


Renn, R. W., Allen, D. G., Huning, T. (2013). The relationship of social exclusion at work with self-defeating behavior and turnover. The Journal of Social Psychology, 153, 1-21.


R. W. Renn, R. Steinbauer, J. Biggane, K. Singh. (2012). Reconceptualization of self-defeating work behavior as self-regulation failure: A proposed typology and application to theories in the organization sciences. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Meeting, Boston, MA.


P. Swiercz, N. Bryan, B. Eagle, V. Bizzotto, & R. W. Renn. (2012). Predicting employee attitudes and performance from perceptions of performance appraisal fairness. The Business Renaissance Quarterly, 7, 25-46.


Mukherjee, D., Renn, R. W., & Kedia, B. L. (2012). Development of Interorganizational Trust: An Integrative Framework. European Business Review. Vol. 24: 255-271.


Renn, R. W., Huning, T., & Fenner, G. (2011). Core Self-Evaluations and the Individual Level Personality Based Theory of Self Management Failure. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management. San Antonio, TX.


Robert W. Renn, David G. Allen, & Tobias Huning. (2010). Empirical Examination of the Individual-Level Personality-Based Theory of Self-Management Failure. Journal of Organizational Behavior.


Robert W. Renn, David Allen, Don Fedor, & Walter Davis. (2005). The Roles of Personality and Self-Defeating Behaviors in Self-Management Failure. Journal of Management (Special Theory Issue), 31: 1-21.


G. Fenner, & Robert W. Renn. (2010). Technology-assisted supplemental work and work-to-family conflict: The role of instrumentality beliefs, organizational expectations and time management. Special issue of Human Relations, 63, 63-82. (Cited over 136 times, Harzing's Publish/Perish)


David G. Allen, Robert W. Renn, Karen Moffitt, & James Vardeman. (2009). Risky Business: The Role of Risk in Voluntary Turnover Decisions. Human Resource Management Review.


Somnath Lahiri, Liliana Perez-Nordtvedt, & Robert W. Renn. (In press). Will the New Competitive Landscape Cause Your Firm’s Decline? It Depends on Your Mindset. Business Horizons. (Featured on Harvard Business School Press)


Grant Fenner & Robert W. Renn. (2004). Technology-Assisted Supplemental Work: Construct Definition and a Research Framework. Human Resource Management, 43: 179-200.

Robert W. Renn. (2003). Moderation by Goal Commitment of the Task Feedback-Performance Relationship. Human Resource Management Review, 13: 561-580. (Special issue on performance feedback).


Robert W. Renn & Donald B. Fedor. (2001). Development and Field Test of a Feedback Seeking, Social Cognitive and Goal Setting Model of Work Performance. Journal of Management, 27: 563-587. (Cited over 305 times, Harzing's Publish/Perish)


Robert W. Renn, James, R. Van Scotter & W. Kevin Barksdale. (2001). Earnings-at-Risk Incentive Plans: A Performance, Satisfaction and Turnover Dilemma. Compensation and Benefits Review, 33: 68-73.


Robert W. Renn, Paul Swiercz, Marjorie Icenogle, & Carol Danehower. (1999). Further examination of the measurement properties of Leifer and McGannon's (1986) Measures of Goal Acceptance and Goal Commitment. Journal of Organizational and Occupational Psychology, 72: 107-113.


Robert W. Renn. (1998). Participation’s Effects on Task Performance: The Mediating Roles of Procedural Justice Perceptions and Goal Acceptance. Journal of Business Research, 41: 115-126.


Robert W. Renn & Kristin Prien (1995). Employee Responses to Performance Feedback: The Moderating Role of Global Self-Esteem. Group and Organization Management. 20: 337-354.


Robert W. Renn & Robert J. Vandenberg (1995).The Critical Psychological States: An Underrepresented Component in Job Characteristics Model Research. Journal of Management. 21: 279-303. (cited over 311 times)


Robert W. Renn, Paul S. Swiercz, & Marjorie Icenogle. (1993). The Revised Job Diagnostic Survey: More Good News From the Public Sector. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 53: 1011-1021.


Robert W. Renn & Robert J. Vandenberg. (1991). Differences in Employee Attitudes and Behaviors Based on Rotter's (1966) Internal-External Locus of Control: Are They All Valid? Human Relations, 44, 1162-1178.

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Contact Information

Building 42, Room 3507

(904) 620-5336

robert.renn@unf.edu