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Joe Cooper

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. The Ohio State University
MBA Case Western Reserve University
B.S.E. Case Western Reserve University

Research Interests:

Organizational Roles


Human Resource Management 
Managerial Tools
Organizational Behavior


Joe Cooper is an Assistant Professor of Management in the Department of Management and Marketing at the University of Wyoming.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, a Master of Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University, and a Ph. D. in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources from The Ohio State University.

Joe's research interests focus on two areas.  The first area has to do with organizational roles; particularly the sources of and outcomes related to the expectations held by those people who depend on an individual's performance in some way, shape, or form.  In addition, he is interested in examining an expanded role-set to understand how non-work sources of work role expectations influence the work related behaviors and experienced role conflict of organizational members.  His second area of interest addresses the perceived bond, or commitment, between an individual and a variety of work and non-work related targets (e.g., career, organization, supervisor, project, goal, team, family).  Specifically, he is interested in how differing profiles of commitment influence individual affective and attitudinal outcomes, intermediary HR outcomes (e.g., absenteeism, turnover), and firm performance outcomes.  He is also interested in understanding the implications of alternative work arrangements for these profiles; are there more 'desirable' or more 'effective' profiles of commitment for the different work arrangements?

Selected Publications:

Klein, H. J., Cooper, J. T., & Monahan, C. A. (forthcoming). Goal commitment. In E. A. Locke & G. P. Latham (eds.) New Developments in Goal Setting and Task Performance. Routledge/Taylor and Francis.

Cooper, J. T., & Stevens, C. E. (2012) The influence of firm level role conflict on the social impact of business activity. Proceedings of the 37th Macromarketing Conference.

Stevens, C. E., Cooper, J. T. (2010). A behavioral theory of governments’ ability to make credible commitments to firms: The case of the East Asian paradox. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 27(4), 587-610.

Klein, H. J., Molloy, J. C., & Cooper, J. T. (2009). Conceptual foundations: Construct definitions and theoretical representations of workplace commitments. In H. J. Klein, T. E. Becker, & J. P. Meyer (eds.) Commitment in Organizations: Accumulated Wisdom and New Directions. SIOP Frontiers Series. Routledge/Taylor and Francis.

Klein, H. J., Austin, J. T., & Cooper, J. T. (2008). Goal choice and decision processes. In R. Kanfer, G. Chen, & R. Pritchard (eds.), Work motivation: Past, present, and future. SIOP Frontiers Series. Routledge/Taylor and Francis.

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