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Gerald Ferris
Francis Eppes Professor of Management; Professor of Psychology; Professor of Sport Management


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Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management


Ph.D. Business Administration, Human Resources Management/Organizational Behavior, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.S. Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Illinois State University
B.S. Psychology, Illinois State University

Social influence
Organizational politics
Human resources management


Gerald R. Ferris is the Francis Eppes Professor of Management in the College of Business and a professor of psychology and professor of sport management at Florida State University. Formerly, he held the Robert M. Hearin Chair of Business Administration, and was Professor of Management and Acting Associate Dean for Faculty and Research in the School of Business Administration at the University of Mississippi from 1999-2000. Before that, he served as Professor of Labor and Industrial Relations, of Business Administration, and of Psychology, and Caterpillar Foundation University Scholar, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1989-1999, and as the Director of the Center for Human Resource Management at the University of Illinois from 1991-1996. Ferris received a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has research interests in the areas of social influence processes in human resources systems, and the role of reputation in organizations. Ferris is the author of numerous articles published in such journals as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Personnel Psychology,Academy of Management Journal, and Academy of Management Review. He served as editor of the annual series, Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management, from 1981-2003. Ferris has been the recipient of a number of distinctions and honors. In 2001, he was the recipient of the Heneman Career Achievement Award, and in 2010, he received the Thomas A. Mahoney Mentoring Award, both from the Human Resources Division of the Academy of Management.

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Van Iddekinge, C.H., Ferris, G.R., & Hefner, T.S. (2009). Test of a multi-stage model of distal and proximal predictors of leader performance. Personnel Psychology, 62, 461-493.

Van Iddekinge, C.H., Ferris, G.R., Perrewé, P.L., Perryman, A.A., Blass, F.R., & Heetderks, T.D. (2009). Effects of selection and training on unit-level performance over time: A latent growth modeling approach. Journal of Applied Psychology, 94, 829-843.

Ferris, G.R., Treadway, D.C., Perrewé, P.L., Brouer, R.L., Douglas, C., & Lux, S. (2007). Political skill in organizations. Journal of Management33, 290-320.

Hochwarter, W.A., Ferris, G.R., Gavin, M.B., Perrewé, P.L., Hall, A.T., & Frink, D.D. (2007). Political skill as neutralizer of felt accountability – job tension effects on job performance ratings: A longitudinal investigation. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 102, 226-239.

Hochwarter, W.A., Ferris, G.R., Zinko, R., Arnell, B., & James, M. (2007). Reputation as a moderator of political behavior – work outcomes relationships: A two-study investigation with convergent results. Journal of Applied Psychology, 92, 567-576.

Ferris, G.R., Treadway, D.C., Kolodinsky, R.W., Hochwarter, W.A., Kacmar, C.J., Douglas, C., & Frink, D.D. (2005). Development and validation of the political skill inventory. Journal of Management, 31, 126-152. 

Ahearn, K.K., Ferris, G.R., Hochwarter, W.A., Douglas, C., & Ammeter, A.P. (2004). Leader political skill and team performance. Journal of Management30, 309-327. 

Perrewé, P.L., Zellars, K.L., Ferris, G.R., Rossi, A.M., Kacmar, C.J., & Ralston, D.A. (2004). Neutralizing job stressors: Political skill as an antidote to the dysfunctional consequences of role conflict stressors. Academy of Management Journal, 47, 141-152.

Ferris, G.R., Witt, L.A., & Hochwarter, W.A. (2001). Interaction of social skill and general mental ability on job performance and salary. Journal of Applied Psychology, 86,1075-1082.



Ferris, G.R., & Treadway, D.C. (Eds.) (2012). Politics in organizations: Theory and research considerations. New York: Routledge/Taylor and Francis.

Ferris, G.R., Davidson, S.L., & Perrewé, P.L. (2005). Political skill at work: Impact on work effectiveness. Mountain View, CA: Davies-Black Publishing.

Ferris, G.R., Rosen, S.D., & Barnum, D.T. (Eds.) (1995). Handbook of human resource management. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishers.



Recipient of the Thomas A. Mahoney Mentoring Award, Academy of Management, Human Resources Division, 2010.

Recipient of the Herbert G. Heneman Jr. Award for Career Achievement, Academy of Management, Human Resource Division, 2001.

Recipient of the Graduate Faculty Mentor Award, Florida State University, 2006.

Selected as University Scholar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1992. Received the further distinction of being named the Caterpillar Foundation University Scholar.



Dr. Ferris is married to Pamela L. Perrewé and together they have six children (Ellie, Emily, Erin, Jennifer, Matthew, and Stephen), and three grandchildren (Lily, Olivia, and Williams).


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