Fred Luthans


Fred Luthans
Fred Luthans is University and George Holmes Distinguished Professor of Management at the University of Nebraska. Before coming to Nebraska in 1967, while serving as an officer in the U.S. Army, he taught leadership at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
A former President of the Academy of Management, Luthans also received the Academy’s Distinguished Educator Award. In addition to being a Fellow of DSI, he is also a Fellow of the Academy of Management and the Pan Pacific Association. Luthans is currently editor or co-editor of Journal of World Business, Organizational Dynamics, and Journal of Leadership and Organization Studies. He is the author of several well-known books and numerous research articles (e.g. he was recently recognized as one of the all-time “Top 5 Authors” of the Academy of Management Journal and the Review). He is generally recognized as the author of the first mainline textbook in Organizational Behavior (now in its 12th edition) and with Jonathan Doh has the market-leader in International Management (now in its 8th edition) both published by McGraw-Hill. His latest professional books are (with Bruce Avolio) The High Impact Leader (McGraw -Hill) and (with Carolyn Youssef and Bruce Avolio) Psychological Capital published by Oxford University Press.
 Professor Luthans’ research at first focused on a behavioral approach to management or what he called O.B. Mod. (organizational behavior modification). In recent years, he has given relatively more attention to the theory-building, measurement and impact of a positive psychology approach to leadership and performance he calls positive organizational behavior (POB) and psychological capital (PsyCap). This evidenced-based approach is mainly drawn from measurable, “state-like” constructs, which are open to development and have performance impact. Specifically, these include hope, efficacy, resilience, and optimism (or simply HERO) and when combined have been demonstrated to be a higher order, core construct.
He has been actively doing teaching, research and consulting in Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia and especially China over the past 30 years. In addition, for about 15 years he has been a Senior Research Scientist with the Gallup Organization. For further information see Wikipedia or Google Fred Luthans.
Selected Recent Publications:
Luthans, F. (2011). Organizational Behavior, 12th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Luthans, F., Youssef, C.M., & Avolio, B.J. (2007). Psychological Capital. New York: Oxford University Press.
Luthans, F., & Doh, J. (2012). International Management, 8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Luthans, F., Avey, J.B., Avolio, B.J., & Peterson, S.J. (in press). Impact of a micro-training intervention on psychological capital development and performance. Human Resource Development Quarterly.
Luthans, F., Avey, J.B., & Patera, J.L. (2008). Experimental analysis of a web-based training intervention to develop psychological capital. Academy of Management Learning and Education, 7, 209-221.
Luthans, F., Avey, J.B., Smith, R.C., & Li, W. (2008). More evidence on the value of Chinese workers’ psychological capital: A potentially unlimited competitive resource? International Journal of Human Resource Management, 19, 818-827.
Luthans, F., Avolio, B., Avey, J.B., & Norman, S.M. (2007). Psychological capital: Measurement and relationship with performance and job satisfaction. Personnel Psychology, 60, 541-572.
Avey, J.B., Avolio, B.J., & Luthans, F. (in press). Experimentally analyzing the impact of
leader positivity on follower positivity and performance. The Leadership Quarterly.
Avey, J.B., Luthans, F., & Mhatre, K.H. (2008). A call for longitudinal research in positive organizational behavior. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 29, 705-711.
Avey, J.B., Luthans, F., Smith, R.M., & Palmer, N.F. (2010). Impact of positive psychological capital on employee well-being over time. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 15, 17-28.
Avey, J.B., Luthans, F., & Youssef, C.M. (2010). The additive value of positive psychological capital in predicting work attitudes and behaviors. Journal of Management, 36, 430-452.
Avey, J.B., Wernsing, T.S., & Luthans, F. (2008). Can positive employees help positive organizational change? Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 44, 48-70.
Luthans, F. (2002). The need for and meaning of positive organizational behavior. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 23, 695-706.
Luthans, F., Norman, S.M., Avolio, B.J. & Avey J.B. (2008). The mediating role of psychological capital in the supportive organizational climate – employee performance relationship. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 29, 219-238.
Luthans, F., & Youssef, C.M. (2007). Emerging positive organizational behavior. Journal of Management, 33, 321-349.
Norman, S.M., Avolio, B.J., & Luthans, F. (in press). The impact of positivity and transparency on trust in leaders and their perceived effectiveness. Leadership Quarterly.
Stajkovic, A., & Luthans, F. (1998). Self-efficacy and work-related performance: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 124, 240-261.
Walumbwa, F.O., Luthans, F., Avey, J.B. & Oke, A. (in press). Authentically leading groups: The mediating role of collective psychological capital and trust. Journal of Organizational Behavior.
Youssef, C.M., & Luthans, F. (2007). Positive organizational behavior in the workplace: The impact of hope, optimism, and resiliency. Journal of Management, 33, 774-800.
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