Jack Fiorito

J. Frank Dame Professor of Management
 Jack Fiorito
244 RBB
Academic Specialty
Organizational Behavior and Human Resources

B.S., Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
A.M. and Ph.D., Labor and Industrial Relations, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Areas of Expertise

Employment Relations
Labor Markets

Dr. Jack Fiorito is the J. Frank Dame Professor of Management at Florida State University’s College of Business. Fiorito teaches courses on negotiation and conflict management, labor and industrial relations, data analysis and interpretation, and research design. His research interests include employee attitudes toward jobs, employing organizations, unions, unions as organizations and effects of human resource management policies on employee attitudes. His current projects focus on union activism, union organizing and union renewal in the U.K. and U.S. Fiorito has authored or co-authored more than 100 refereed journal articles, proceedings papers and book chapters, and he has co-edited two books. His work has been presented at 

national and international professional meetings on numerous occasions. He has served as an editorial board member for the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Management, and Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations, and as an ad hoc referee for scores of manuscripts for various journals He also served as an associate editor for Industrial and Labor Relations Review. Fiorito served on the Faculty Senate at the University of Iowa and at Florida State University, and he has served as president and vice president of the United Faculty of Florida’s faculty union chapter at Florida State University. 

Fiorito previously served on the faculties of the University of Hertfordshire, England, University of Iowa, Oklahoma State University and the University of Illinois, and as a visiting professor at the University of Stirling, Scotland. 

Fiorito received his bachelor’s degree in economics and his master’s and doctoral degrees in labor and industrial relations – all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Selected Published Research

Fiorito, J.T., Padavic, I., & DeOrtentiis, P.S. (2015). Reconsidering Activism and Its Meaning. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 53(3), 556-579.

Gall, G., & Fiorito, J. T. (2012). Union Commitment and Activism in Britain and the United States: In Search of Synthesis and Synergy for Renewal. British Journal of Industrial Relations50(2), 189-213.

Fiorito, J., Tope, D., Steinberg, P. E., Padavic, I., & Murphy, C. E. (2011). Lay Activism and Activism Intentions in a Faculty Union: An Exploratory Study. Labor Studies Journal36(4), 483-507.

Fiorito, J. T. (2007). The State of the Unions in the United States. Journal of Labor Research28(1), 43-68.

Fiorito, J. T., Bozeman, D. P., Young, A., & Meurs, J. (2007). Organizational Commitment, Human Resource Practices, and Organizational Characteristics.Journal of Managerial Issues19(2), 186-207.

Fiorito, J. T., & Gallagher, V. C. (2006). Renewal in the United Faculty of Florida: Class War in Paradise? Labor Studies Journal31(3), 39-64.

Fiorito, J. T., Jarley, P., & Delaney, J. T. (2002). Information Technology, Union Organizing, and Union Effectiveness. British Journal of Industrial Relations40(4), 627-658.

Fiorito, J. T., Jarley, P., & Delaney, J. T. (1995). National Union Effectiveness in Organizing: Measures and Influences. Industrial and Labor Relations Review48(4), 613-635.

Fiorito, J. T., & Jarley, P. (1992). Associate Membership Programs: Innovation and Diversification in National Unions. Academy of Management Journal35(5), 1070-1085.

Maranto, C. L., & Fiorito, J. T. (1987). The Effect of Union Characteristics on NLRB Certification Election Outcomes. Industrial and Labor Relations Review40(2), 225-240.

Fiorito, J. T. (1981). The School to Work Transition of College Graduates. Industrial and Labor Relations Review35(1), 103-114.


Blyton, P., Bacon, N., Fiorito, J. T., & Heery, E. (Eds.). (2008). The Sage Handbook of Industrial Relations. London, England and Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Strauss, G., Gallagher, D. G., & Fiorito, J. T. (Eds.). (1991). The State of the Unions. Madison, WI: Industrial Relations Research Association.

Interesting Facts
  • Born and raised in Chicago and suburbs.
  • Married to FSU Professor Susan S. Fiorito, two children.
  • Lived in Scotland during 2000-01 sabbatical and held a courtesy appointment as a Visiting Professor at the University of Stirling.
  • Part-time appointment as Principal Research Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England (2005 - 2014).
Honors and Awards
  • Best Paper Award, Southern Industrial Relations and Human Resources Association (2005).
  • Best Paper, Human Resources Division, Academy of Management (1993).
  • Outstanding Paper Award, Personnel/Human Resources Division, Academy of Management (1991).
  • E. B. McNatt Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Labor Economics, University of Illinois, Department of Economics (1976).