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Thomas A. Wright

Business faculty - Thomas Wright

Felix E. Larkin Distinguished Professor in Management
Leading People and Organizations

General Information:
Email: twright17@fordham.edu

Biography

Thomas A. Wright, who holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, is the Felix E. Larkin Distinguished Professor in Leading People and Organizations at the Gabelli School of Business. He is a past associate editor for the Journal of Management and currently serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Organizational Behavior. He is also founder and CEO of TKW Consulting Corporation, specializing in finding innovative, positive solutions to employee stress management and health; optimizing peak performance, leader character formation and development; and fostering effective employee recruitment and retention strategies. Similar to the Claude Rains character from the classic movie Casablanca, Professor Wright has published in many of the "usual suspects." In recognition of his career accomplishments, he has been awarded fellow status in the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association, the Western Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. The highlight of his professional career has been publishing a number of articles on business ethics with his father, Vincent P. Wright. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Kay, and his family and friends, hiking in the mountains, walking on a quiet beach, prayerful meditation, and competitively lifting weights with other gym fanatics.

Education

  • PhD, Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations, Graduate School of Business Administration, University of California, Berkeley
  • Master's: MS, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, San Francisco State University
  • Bachelor's: BA, Economics (cum laude), Stonehill College

Research Interests

  • Character-Based Leadership
  • Employee Health and Well-Being
  • Character Assessment
  • Performance Optimization
  • Research Methodology

Publications

Selected Research Publications

  • Thomas A. Wright and Tyler L. Lauer. (2013). "What is Character and Why it Really Matters." Organizational Dynamics, in press.
  • Thomas A. Wright and Andrew J. Wefald. (2012). "Leadership in an Academic Setting: A View from the Top." Journal of Management Inquiry, 21, 180-186.
  • Thomas A. Wright and Ching-Chu Huang. (2012). "The Many Benefits of Employee Well-Being in Organizational Research." Journal of Organizational Behavior, 33, 1188-1192.
  • Thomas A. Wright. (2011). "And Justice for All: Our Research Subjects Considered as Valued Stakeholders." Management and Organization Review, 7, 495-503.
  • James C. Quick and Thomas A. Wright. (2011). "Character-Based Leadership, Context and Consequences." The Leadership Quarterly, 22, 984-988.
  • Thomas A. Wright and James C. Quick. (2011). "The Role of Character in Ethical Leadership Research." The Leadership Quarterly, 22, 975-978.
  • Herman Aguinis, Ryan K. Gottfredson, and Thomas A. Wright. (2011). "Best-practice Recommendations for Estimating Interaction Effects Using Meta-Analysis." Journal of Organizational Behavior, 32, 1033-1043.
  • Douglas G. Bonett and Thomas A. Wright. (2011)."Sample Size Requirements for Multiple Regression Interval Estimation." Journal of Organizational Behavior, 32, 822-830.
  • Thomas A. Wright. (2010). "Much More than Meets the Eye: The Role of Psychological Well-Being in Job Performance, Employee Retention and Cardiovascular Health."Organizational Dynamics, 39, 13-23.
  • Thomas A. Wright and James Campbell Quick. (2009). "The Role of Positive-Based Research in Building the Science of Organizational Behavior." Journal of Organizational Behavior, 30, 329-336.
  • Thomas A. Wright, Russell Cropanzano, Douglas G. Bonett and W. John Diamond. (2009). "The Role of Psychological Well-Being in Cardiovascular Health: When the Twain Shall Meet." Journal of Organizational Behavior, 30, 193-208.
  • Thomas A. Wright and James Campbell Quick. (2009). "The Emerging Positive Agenda in Organizations: Greater Than a Trickle, But Not Yet a Deluge." Journal of Organizational Behavior, 30, 147-159.
  • Thomas A. Wright and Ching-Chu Huang. (2008). "Character in Organizational Research: Past Directions and Future Prospects." Journal of Organizational Behavior, 29, 981-987.
  • Thomas A. Wright and Jerry Goodstein. (2007). "Character is Not "Dead" in Management Research: A Review of Individual Character and Organizational-Level Virtue." Journal of Management, 33, 928-958.
  • Thomas A. Wright and Douglas G. Bonett. (2007). "Job Satisfaction and Psychological Well-Being as Non-Additive Predictors of Workplace Turnover." Journal of Management, 33, 141-160.
  • Thomas A. Wright, Russell Cropanzano and Douglas G. Bonett. (2007). "The Moderating Role of Employee Positive Well-Being on the Relation Between Job Satisfaction and Job Performance." Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 12: 93-104.
  • Thomas A. Wright and W. John Diamond. (2006). "Getting the "Pulse' of Your Employees: The Use of Cardiovascular Research in Better Understanding Behavior in Organizations." Journal of Organizational Behavior, 27, 395-401.
  • Thomas A. Wright. (2006). "The Emergence of Job Satisfaction in Organizational Research: A Historical Overview of the Dawn of Job Attitude Research." Journal of Management History, 12, 262-277. (Winner of a 2007 Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence - Most Outstanding Article Award).
  • Thomas A. Wright and James C. Quick. (2006). "The Emerging Positive Agenda in Organizations." Journal of Organizational Behavior, 27, 685-686.
  • Thomas A. Wright and Russell Cropanzano. (2004). "The Role of Psychological Well-Being in Job Performance: A Fresh Look at an Age-Old Quest." Organizational Dynamics, 33, 338-351 [Reprinted in The Organizational Behavior Reader (8th ed., 2007, pp. 136-149). Edited by Joyce S. Osland, Marlene E. Turner, David A. Kolb, and Irwin M. Rubin. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall].
  • 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, 1183-1190.
  • 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. (2001). "The Role of [In]Civility in Organizational Research." Academy of Management Review, 26, 168-170.
  • Russell Cropanzano and Thomas A. Wright. (2001). "When a 'Happy' Worker is a 'Productive' Worker: A Review and Further Refinement of the Happy-Productive Worker Thesis." Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 53, 182-199 [To be reprinted in Management and Happiness (2013). Edited by Cary L. Cooper and Ivan T. Robertson. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing].
  • Thomas A. Wright and Russell Cropanzano. (2000). "Psychological Well-Being and Job Satisfaction as Predictors of Job Performance." Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 5, 84-94.
  • Douglas G. Bonett and Thomas A. Wright. (2000). "Sample Size Requirements for Estimating Pearson, Spearman and Kendall Correlations." Psychometrika, 65, 23-28.
  • Russell Cropanzano and Thomas A. Wright. (1999). "A Five-Year Study of Change in the Relationship Between Well-Being and Job Performance." Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 51, 252-265. (Winner of the American Psychological Association - Division 13 - Most Outstanding Article Award for 1999). [To be reprinted in Management and Happiness (2013). Edited by Cary L. Cooper and Ivan T. Robertson. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing].
  • 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.
  • Thomas A. Wright and Barry M. Staw. (1999). "Further Thoughts on the Happy-Productive Worker." Journal of Organizational Behavior, 20, 31-34.
  • Thomas A. Wright and Elizabeth M. Doherty. (1998). "Organizational Behavior 'Rediscovers' the Role of Emotional Well-Being." Journal of Organizational Behavior, 19, 481-485.
  • Thomas A. Wright and Russell Cropanzano. (1998). "Emotional Exhaustion as a Predictor of Job Performance and Voluntary Turnover." Journal of Applied Psychology, 83, 486-493. [Reprinted in Organizational Health and Wellbeing (2011). Edited by Cary L. Cooper. Los Angeles, CA: Sage].
  • Thomas A. Wright and Laurie Larwood. (1998). "Another View on Reaffirming Our Scholarly Values: A Response to Richard Mowday." Academy of Management Review, 23, 9-12.
  • Laurie Larwood, Thomas A. Wright, Stephan Desrochers and Veronica Dahir. (1998). "Extending Latent Role and Psychological Contract Theories to Predict Intent to Turnover and Politics in Business Organizations." Group and Organization Management, 23, 100-123. (Winner of the Sage McCune Best Paper Award for 1998).
  • Thomas A. Wright. (1997). "Time Revisited in Organizational Behavior." Journal of Organizational Behavior, 18, 201-204.
  • Thomas A. Wright and Douglas G. Bonett. (1997). "The Contribution of Burnout to Work Performance." Journal of Organizational Behavior, 18, 491-499.
  • Thomas A. Wright and Douglas G. Bonett. (1997). "The Role of Pleasantness and Activation-Based Well-Being in Performance Prediction." Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 2, 212-219.
  • Thomas A. Wright and Douglas G. Bonett. (1993). "The Role of Employee Coping and Performance in Voluntary Employee Withdrawal: A Research Refinement and Elaboration." Journal of Management, 19, 147-161.
  • Thomas A. Wright, Douglas G. Bonett and Dennis A. Sweeney. (1993). "Mental Health and Work Performance: Results of a Longitudinal Study." Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 66, 277-284.
  • Thomas A. Wright. (1993). "Correctional Employee Turnover: A Longitudinal Study." Journal of Criminal Justice, 21, 131-142.
  • Thomas A. Wright and Douglas G. Bonett. (1992). "The Effect of Turnover on Work Satisfaction and Mental Health: Support for a Situational Perspective." Journal of Organizational Behavior, 13, 603-615.

Selected Book Chapters:

  • Thomas A. Wright and Tyler L. Lauer. (2013,). "The Role of Character in Well-Being." In C.L. Cooper & P.Y. Chen (eds.), Wellbeing in the Workplace: From Stress to Happiness. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, in press.
  • Russell Cropanzano and Thomas A. Wright (2013). "The Four Faces of Happiness." In H.M. Weiss (ed.), Handbook of Work Attitudes and Affect. New York: Oxford University Press, in press.
  • Thomas A. Wright (2012). "Encouraging Employee Happiness." In K. Cameron and A. Caza (eds.),The Oxford Handbook of Happiness (pp. 783-797) New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Russell Cropanzano and Thomas A. Wright. (2011). "The Impact of Organizational Justice and Occupational Health." In J.C. Quick & L.E. Tetrick (eds.), Handbook of Occupational Health Psychology (pp. 205-219). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Thomas A. Wright. (2010). "More than Meets the Eye: The Role of Employee Well-Being in Organizational Research." In P.A. Linley, S. Harrington, & N. Page (eds.),Handbook of Positive Psychology and Work (pp. 143-154). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Thomas A. Wright. (2010). "Character in Business Ethics Education." In D.G. Fisher & D.L. Swanson (eds.), Toward Assessing Business Ethics Education (pp. 361-380). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Thomas A. Wright and James Campbell Quick. (2009). "Character-Based Leadership in Dualist, Extreme Situations: Where the Twain Shall Meet." Proceedings of the Fort Leavenworth Ethics Symposium (pp. 223-233). Fort Leavenworth, Kansas: U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) and the Command and General Staff College Foundation, Inc.
  • Thomas A. Wright. (2007). "A Look at Two Methodological Challenges for Scholars Interested in Positive Organizational Behavior." In D. Nelson & C.L. Cooper (eds.),Positive Organizational Behavior: Accentuating the Positive at Work (pp. 177-190). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Thomas A. Wright and Russell Cropanzano. (2007). "The Happy/Productive Worker Thesis Revisited." In J. Martocchio (ed.), Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management (Vol. 26, pp. 269-313). Amsterdam: Elsevier Ltd.
  • Thomas A. Wright. (2006). "Toward the Development of a Truly Relational Approach to the Study of Organizational Behaviors: Further Consideration of the Committed-to-Participant Research Perspective." In O. Kyriakidou & M. Ozbilgin (eds.), Relational Perspectives in Organizational Studies (pp. 278- 305). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.
  • Thomas A. Wright. (2005). "The Role of 'Happiness' in Organizational Research: Past, Present and Future Directions." In P.L. Perrewe & D.C. Ganster (eds.), Research in Occupational Stress and Well-Being (Vol. 4, pp. 221-264). Amsterdam: JAI Press.
  • Thomas A. Wright. (1999). "An Eight-Step Approach to Enhance the Application of Organizational Research." In L. Larwood and U.E. Gattiker (Eds.), Impact Analysis - How Research Enters Application and Makes a Difference (pp. 137-143). Lawrence Erlbaum, Hillsdale, New Jersey.

Books:

  • James C. Quick, Thomas A. Wright, Joyce Adkins, Debra L. Nelson and Jonathan D. Quick. (2012). Preventive Stress Management in Organizations. Washington, DC: APA.