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Jeff Bednar (On Leave)

Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources,

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Jeff Bednar (PhD, University of Michigan) is an Associate Professor in the Management Department at Brigham Young University. His research focuses on how individuals and collectives construct and maintain their identities, and how they respond to various identity challenges. His research has been published in various books and journals including the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, and the Journal of Vocational Behavior. Jeff also teaches courses related to organizational behavior and human resource management, and works with organizations and executives wrestling with issues related to their identity and culture.


  • PhD, Management and Organizations, University of Michigan, 2013
  • B.S., Accounting, Brigham Young University, 2007
  • MAcc, Accounting, Brigham Young University, 2007

Group Affiliations

  • Academy of Management — 2006–0

Selected Publications

  • "Putting identification in motion: A dynamic view of organizational identification", Organizational Science, Edition 1, Volume 31, Pages 200-222, 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, Volume 115, Page 17, Elsevier, 2019
  • "The impact of leader moral humility on follower moral self-efficacy and behavior", Journal of Applied Psychology, 2019
  • "Status and the true believer: The impact of psychological contracts on social status attributions of friendship and influence", Edition 1, Volume 25, Pages 73-92, Organization Science, 2014
  • "Africa, the Informal Economy, and the Hermeneutic Circle", Research Methodology in Strategy and Management (RMSM): Volume 9: Advancing Strategic Management in the African Context: Techniques, Methods, and Designs for Research Methodology in Strategy and Management, Volume 10, Pages 133-166, Emerald, Boston, Amsterdam, 2014
  • "What Clients Don't Get about My Profession: A Model of Perceived Role-Based Image Discrepancies", Academy of Management Journal, 2013
  • "Using a positive lens to complicate the positive in identity research", Academy of Management Review, 2011
  • "Pathways for Positive Identity Construction at Work: Four Types of Positive Identity and the Building of Social Resources", Academy of Management Review, 2010
  • "Forging ahead: Positive identities and organizations as a research frontier", Exploring Positive Identities and Organizations: Building a Theoretical and Research Foundation, Routledge, New York City, NY, 2009
  • "Positive identities and organizations: An introduction and invitation.", Exploring Positive Identities and Organizations: Building a Theoretical and Research Foundation, Routledge, New York City, NY, 2009


  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Department of Management, 2018
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, OBHR Group/OLS Department, 2015

BYU Citizenship

  • Cougar Strategy Emerging Markets Consulting Project — Program Chair/Coordinator — January 2015–May 2020

Professional Citizenship

  • Academy of Management Review, Editorial Review Board Member, August 2017–0