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Thomas Wright, Ph.D.

Dept. of Managerial Sciences

B.S., Stonehill College

M.S., San Francisco State University

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley


Thomas A. Wright is a Professor of Organizational Behavior at the University of Nevada, Reno. He received his Ph.D. in organizational behavior and industrial relations from the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Wright's research has focused on business ethics, employee commitment in organizations, turnover, job burnout, affect and emotion, creativity, whistle-blowing and the role of time in organizational research. Recent research endeavors have been published in the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Psychometrika, Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Group and Organization Management, Journal of Criminal Justice, Journal of Management Inquiry and the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. He has consulted to a number of organizations over the years. Included among his recent awards is the AMA/Organizational Dynamics Best Paper Award - 1994 (with Barry Staw) for their paper titled, "In Search of the Happy/Productive Worker: A Longitudinal Study of Affect and Performance" and the Faculty Committee on Teaching Excellence (1996 & 1998) "Outstanding Teacher Award."

Selected Publications:

Thomas A. Wright and Russell Cropanzano. "The role of psychological
well-being in job performance: A fresh look at an age-old quest."
Organizational Dynamics, in press.

Thomas A. Wright. "When a student blows the whistle [on himself]: A
personal experience essay on 'delayed' integrity in a classroom setting."
Journal of Management Inquiry, in press.

Thomas A. Wright. 2003. "Positive Organizational Behavior: An idea whose
time has truly come." Journal of Organizational Behavior, 24, 437-442.

Russell Cropanzano and Thomas A. Wright. 2003. "Procedural justice and
organizational staffing: A tale of two paradigms." Human Resource Management
Review, 13, 7-39.

Thomas A. Wright and Douglas G. Bonett. 2002. "The moderating effects of
employee tenure on the relation between organizational commitment and job
performance: A meta-analysis." Journal of Applied Psychology, 87,

Thomas A. Wright. 2002. The importance of time in organizational research.
Academy of Management Review, 27, 343-345.

Thomas A. Wright and Vincent P. Wright 2002. "Organizational researcher
values, ethical responsibility and the committed-to-participant research
(CPR) perspective." Journal of Management Inquiry, 11, 173-185.

Thomas A. Wright and Vincent P. Wright. 2001. "The role of [in]civility in
organizational research." Academy of Management Review, 26, 168-170.

Douglas G. Bonett and Thomas A. Wright. 2000. "Sample size requirements
for estimating Pearson, Spearman and Kendall correlations." Psychometrika,
65, 23-28.

Thomas A. Wright and Barry M. Staw. (1999). "Affect and favorable work
outcomes: Two longitudinal tests of the happy-productive worker thesis."
Journal of Organizational Behavior, 20, 1-23.

Contact Info:

You can e-mail Dr. Wright at taw@unr.nevada.edu

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