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Richard Gardner

Associate Professor,
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Website: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=9rkCVHgAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao

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Richard Gardner’s research focuses on dysfunctional behaviors, negative interpersonal and organizational relationships, business ethics, and employee's experiences with the imposter phenomenon. His research has been published in top management research and practitioner publications such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, and Harvard Business Review. His research has also been covered by media outlets such as BBC Radio, New York Times, Psychology Today, Monitor on Psychology, and Leadership Today.

Prior to BYU, Gardner was an Assistant/Associate Professor at University of Nevada, Las Vegas and received his PhD from Texas A&M University. And prior to his academic career, Gardner worked in human resources within the healthcare industry.


  • Ph.D., Management, Texas A&M University

Selected Publications

  • "4 ways to combat imposter syndrome on your team.", Harvard Business Review, 2023
  • "Feeling activated and acting unethically: The influence of activating mood on unethical behavior to help a teammate.", Personnel Psychology, 2020
  • "“I must have slipped through the cracks somehow”: An examination of coping with perceived impostorism and the role of social support.", Journal of Vocational Behavior, 2019
  • "Boomerang employees: Should you welcome them back?", LSE Business Review, 2017
  • "Employees on the rebound: Extending the careers literature to include boomerang employment. Journal of Applied Psychology, 102: 890-909.", Journal of Applied Psychology, 2017
  • "Is retention necessarily a win? Outcomes of searching and staying.", Journal of Vocational Behavior, 2017
  • "Understanding “It Depends” in organizational research: A theory-based taxonomy, review, and future research agenda concerning interactive and quadratic relationships.", Organizational Research Methods, 2017
  • "My family made me do it: A cross-domain, self-regulatory perspective on antecedents to abusive supervision.", Academy of Management Journal, 2016
  • "Misery loves company: Cognitive dissonance and the influence of interpersonal justice climate on team cohesiveness", Journal of Applied Psychology, 2014
  • "Trainees’ perceived knowledge gain unrelated to the training domain: The joint action of impression management and motives.", International Journal of Training and Development, 2014
  • "How to spot a careerist early on: Psychopathy and exchange ideology as predictors of careerism.", Journal of Business Ethics, 2013
  • "Should my spouse be my partner? Preliminary evidence from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics.", Family Business Review, 2013
  • "The five-factor model of personality traits and organizational citizenship behaviors: A meta-analysis.", Journal of Applied Psychology, 2011


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