Brian Whitaker, PhD

Associate Professor

  • PhD Industrial.Organizational Psychology, University of Akron
  • MA Industrial.Organizational Psychology, Xavier University
  • BA Psychology, University of Louisville

Research Interest

Brian's research interests include feedback in organizations, ethics in the workplace, and employee selection.His research has been published in Journal of Management, Human Performance, Journal of Business Ethics, Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal, Behavioral Research Methods, International Journal of Organizational Theory and Behavior, Journal of Knowledge and Human Resource Management, Computers in Human Behavior, and International Journal of Organizational Theory and Behavior.


Recent Publications

 Whitaker, B., Thatchenkery, T., & Godwin, L. In print at Human Performance. The development and validation of the Appreciative Intelligence Scale.

Westerman, J., Whitaker, B., & Hardesty, A. (under review, Journal of Business Ethics). Personality and religious belief: The differential prediction of workplace values.

Whitaker, B., & Dahling, J. (under review, Human Performance). Antecedents of peer intimidation and the influence of supervisor political skill on its consequences.

Whitaker, B. & Godwin, L. (in press, Journal of Business Ethics). Moral imagination in the workplace: Contextual, cognitive, and dispositional antecedents. 

Whitaker, B., & Levy, P. (in press, Human Performance). Linking feedback quality and goal orientation to feedback seeking and job performance.

*Cartabuke, M., Westerman, J. W., Bergman, J. Z., Whitaker, B. G., Westerman, J., & *Beekun, R. I. 2019. Empathy as an antecedent of social justice attitudes and perceptions. Journal of Businesss Ethics: 1-11.

Hege, A., Lemke, M. K., Apostolopoulos, Y., Whitaker, B., & Sönmez, S. 2019. Work-life conflict among US long-haul truck drivers: Influences of work organization, Perceived job stress, sleep, and organizational support. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 1: 984.

Westerman, J. W., Bergman, J. Z., Bergman, S. M., Whitaker, B. G., Daly, J. P., & Westerman, J. 2016. Does social justice knowledge matter in sustainable business education? Effects on student attitudes. Business Peace and Sustainable Development, 8: 34-54.

Westerman, J., Whitaker, B. G., Bergman, S., & Bergman, J. 2016. Faculty narcissism and student outcomes in business higher education: A student-faculty fit analysis. The International Journal of Management Education, 14: 63-73.

Whitaker, B. G.& Dahling, J. 2016. When can feedback-seeking behavior result in a better performance rating? Investigating the moderating role of political skill. Human Performance, 2: 73-88.

*Felty, R., Whitaker, B. G., Bergman, S., & Bergman, J. 2015. The longitudinal influence of narcissism in the team context. International  Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior, 18: 147-176.

Westerman, J. *Van Beek, E., Westerman, J., & Whitaker, B.2014. Ecological values, narcissism, and materialism: A comparison of business students in the USA and the Netherlands. International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development,  8: 92-104. 

Whitaker, B. G.,  Westerman, J. 2014.  Linking spirituality and values to personal initiative through psychological empowerment. Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion, 11: 269-291.

Whitaker, B. G., & Dahling, J. 2013. The influence of autonomy and supervisor political skill on the use and consequences of peer intimidation.  Human Performance, 26: 353-373.

Westerman, J. W., Whitaker, B. G., & *Hardesty, A. 2013. Belief in God: The differential prediction of workplace values.  Journal of Management, Spirituality, and Religion, 10: 324-341.

Whitaker, B. G., & Godwin, L. 2013. The antecedents of moral imagination in the workplace: A social cognitive theory perspective.  Journal of Business Ethics, 1: 1-13.

Chen, S., *Teater, S., & Whitaker, B. G.2012. Perceptions of students, faculty, and administrators about pregame tailgate parties at a Kentucky regional university.  International Journal of Developmental Sport Management, 1: 22-37.

*Frazier, C., Ludwig, T. D., Whitaker, B. G., & Roberts, D. S. 2012. A hierarchical factor analysis of a safety culture survey.  Journal of Safety Research, 45: 15-28.

McKinney, J., Whitaker, B. , & Hindman, H. 2012. Discharge policy information in the job offer letter: Its impact on recruit perceptions of psychological contract formation and organizational attraction.

Whitaker, B. G.2012. The influence of covariates on latent job performance ratings from differing sources:  A MIMIC modeling approach.  International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior, 15: 23-39.

Whitaker, B. G.2011. Linking the feedback environment to feedback seeking through perceptions of organizational support and job involvement. International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior, 14:19-34. 

Whitaker, B. 2011. The influence of covariates on latent job performance ratings from differing sources: A MIMIC modeling approach. International Journal of Organizational Theory and Behavior, 3, 19-34.

Whitaker, B.  2010. Techniques for reducing applicant response distortion: Their effects on measurement equivalence and criterion-related validity. Journal of Knowledge and Human Resource Management, 1, 1-19.

Whitaker, B., & McKinney, J. 2009. Role clarity, social skills and the feedback seeking/job satisfaction link. International Journal of Organizational Behaviour, 14, 54-68.

Dahling, J., Whitaker, B., & Levy, P. 2009. The development and validation of a new Machiavellianism scale. Journal of Management, 35, 219-257.

Whitaker, B., & McKinney, J. 2007. Assessing the measurement invariance of latent job satisfaction ratings across survey administration modes for respondent subgroups: A MIMIC modeling approach. Behavior Research Methods, 39, 502-509.

Whitaker, B., Dahling, J., & Levy, P. 2007. The development of a feedback environment - role clarity model of work performance. Journal of Management, 33, 570-591.

Whitaker, B. 2007. Internet-based attitude assessment: Does gender affect measurement. Computers in Human Behavior, 23, 1183-1194.


Brian's teaching interests include Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management, Leadership, Employee Selection, and Management.

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Department of Management

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-7445

Fax: (828) 262-8685

Office address
4086 Peacock Hall