December 05, 2019

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Please note: This event is for invited researchers only.

The Fundamental State of Leadership: An Empirical Test

Talk description:
We test the fundamental state of leadership through both experiential sampling and an experiment. We discuss the outcomes on leader behavior and followers’ attitudes and perceptions.


Bret Crane is an Assistant Professor of management at the Jon. M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University.

Bret’s experience in the workplace has fueled his desire to understand how leaders unleash the potential in individuals and teams by encouraging followers to give their maximum possible contribution. He has studied this interaction in situations where inviting full contribution would be particularly useful, such as in dynamic team processes, in the integration of a culturally diverse team member, and in organizational search and learning.

Bret has a PhD in Business Administration from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and an MBA and BA from Brigham Young University. Before joining the faculty at the Huntsman School of Business, he was a Visiting Professor at the George Washington School of Business in Washington DC.

He is a former operations executive of a Fortune 250 company and sales professional at IBM. Bret has also consulted for clients across a wide variety of segments, including biotech, retail, financial services, restaurant, utilities and non-profit; providing strategy and organizational design expertise.

Research is the heart of Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS), and we want to make sure that we support each other in developing high quality research. To that end, we created the Adderley Positive Research Incubator for sharing and encouraging POS-related research ideas that are at various stages of development.

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