Steven Ash, Ph.D.

Steven Ash, Ph.D.

Title: Chair, Professor
Department: Department of Management
Office: CBA 343
Phone: (330) 972-6429
Email: ash@uakron.edu


Education:

  • Ph.D., Business Administration
    Concentration: Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior
    New Mexico State University
    Awarded: December, 1996
  • M.B.A., Emphasis: Management
    New Mexico State University
    Awarded: May 1993
  • B.A., Experimental Psychology
    Area of Concentration: Cognitive Psychology
    New Mexico State University
    Awarded: December 1986

Biography

Professional & Academic Experience:

Academic Experience

  • Associate Department Chair, The University of Akron, Department of Management, Akron OH (July 2009 -- present)
  • Professor, The University of Akron, Department of Management, Akron OH (2013 -- present)
  • Associate Professor, The University of Akron, Department of Management, Akron OH (2007 -- 2013)
  • Assistant Professor, The University of Akron, Department of Management, Akron OH (2001 -- 2007)
  • Adjunct Professor, The Ohio State University, Department of Management and Human Resources, Columbus, OH (2001).
  • Professor and Department Chair, Franklin University, Department of Management and Human Resources, Columbus, OH (1997 -- 2001).
  • Assistant Professor, Sul Ross State University, Uvalde, TX (1994 -- 1997).
  • Adjunct Professor, Troy State University, White Sands, NM (1993 -- 1994).
  • Graduate Student Instructor, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM (1990 -- 1994).

Professional Experience

May 1989 - September 1991 (partial years)
Human Factors Engineer, Usability Team
IBM Bethesda
Bethesda, Maryland

  • Designed experiments to test customer mental models, error sources, and work process stereotypes
  • Conducted qualitative research on customers to understand attitudes, perceptions, needs and requirements
  • Interfaced between programmers, engineers and end customers to better determine requirements and needs
  • Worked with marketing department to design survey instruments and qualitative techniques for understanding attitudes and opinions of users

May 1988 - May 1989
Experimental Psychologist, Usability Center
IBM Rochester (Malcolm Baldrige Winner)
Rochester, Minnesota

  • Designed quantitative and qualitative experiments to identify task requirements of customers and their interactions with computers
  • Helped design and implement an observation laboratory that utilized video cameras, microphones, and data capture tools to conduct experiments on end users
  • Found ways of content analyzing information and observations
  • Presented findings, and made recommendations to upper management

Teaching Interests:

  •  Human Resources; Organizational Behavior

Research Interests:

  •  Human Resources; Organizational Behavior


Research Accomplishments

Refereed Publications (Journals)

  • Joelle Elicker, Robert Lord, Steven Ash, Nicole Kohari, Bryce Hruska, Nicole McConnell, Megan Medvedeff. (2010). “Velocity as a Predictor of Performance Satisfaction, Mental Focus, and Goal Revision,” Applied Psychology: An International Review, Vol. 59, No. 3, 495-514.
  • Elicker, J. D., Lord, R. G., Ash, S. R., Kohari, K. E. Hruska, B. J., McConnell, N. L., and Medvedeff, M. E. (2009). "Velocity as a Predictor of Performance Satisfaction, Mental Focus, and Goal Revision". Applied Psychology: An International Review. In Press.
  • Liu, L., Grandon, E. E. and Ash, S. R. (2009). "Trainee Reactions and Task Performance: A Study of Open Training in Object-Oriented Systems Development". Information Systems and E-Business Management, 7(1), 21-37.
  • Ash, S. R. (2008). "Hispanics and Anglos: The role of group composition on satisfaction". Public Personnel Management, Vol. 37, Issue 1, Pages 15-26.
  • Liu, L., Grandon, E. E. and Ash, S. R. (2007). "Trainee Reactions and Task Performance: A Study of Open Training in Object-Oriented Systems Development". Information Systems and E-Business Management.
  • Figler, R.A., and Ash, S.R. (2007). "Derived Demand and Human Resource Management: An Important Linkage in Organizational Strategy". European Journal of Social Sciences, 5(3), 88 - 95.
  • Dineen, B. R., Ling, J., Ash, S. R. and DelVecchio, D. (2007). "Aesthetic Properties and Message Customization: Navigating the Dark Side of Web Recruitment". Journal of Applied Psychology, 92(2), 356 - 372.
  • Ash, S. R. (2007). "Why Should Small Businesses Care About Diversity? Five Areas of Research that Influence Organizational Results". Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, 20(3), 223-232.
  • Ash, S. and Liu, L. (2006). "Trainee Reactions: What Do We Really Know? Training & Management Development Methods", 20(5), 213 - 217.
  • Ash, S. Weber, P., Vora, J. and Faggiani, A. (2004). "Hands of Uruguay. Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies", 10(1), 52 - 68.
  • Ash, S. Weber, P., Vora, J. and Faggiani, A. (2004). "Manos Del Uruguay. Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies", 10(2), 11 - 22.
  • Ash, S. and Ross, D. (2004). "Crisis management through the lens of epidemiology". Business Horizons, 47(3), 49 - 57.
  • Dineen, B., Ash, S., and Noe, R. (2002). "A Web of Applicant Attraction: Person-Organization Fit in the Context of Web-Based Recruitment", Journal of Applied Psychology, 87(4), 723 - 734.
  • Weber, J., Weber, P., and Ash, S. (2000). "The Merchant Prince. Thunderbird International Business Review", 42(6), 755 - 772.
  • Weber, P., Weber, J., and Ash, S. (1999). "ACE Technology", Case Research Journal, 19(3), 1 - 18.
  • Weber, J., Ash, S., and Weber, P. (1998). "Side Effects of Incidental Computer Uses: Increased Confidence". Psychological Reports, August, 83, 211-214.

Refereed Publications (Proceedings)

  • Ash, S.R., Divoky, J.J. and Rothermel, M.A. (2006). "ABCs of IEMBAs". Journal of the Academy of Business Education, Vol. 7, Academy of Business Education. .
  • Ash, S. (2001). "Diversity in Teams: The Role of Group Satisfaction Under Various Ethnic Compositions". Electronic Proceedings: The Midwest Academy of Management Conference, Toledo, OH.
  • Ash, S., Weber, P. and Weber, J. (1999). "Juice Tree of Ohio (The Impact of External Environmental Forces on Strategy Formulation)". North American Case Research Association, Santa Rosa, CA.
  • Ash, S., Ross, D., and Bingham, H. (1998). "The Organic Organization: The Juxtaposition of Epidemiology and Crisis Management", Proceedings: The Mountain Plains Management Conference, Denver, CO.
  • Ross, D., Ash, S., Hanna, J., and Smith, B. (1997). "Attitudes Toward Marketing by Marketing Students," Proceedings: Midwest Association of Business, Chicago, IL.
  • Weber, P., Weber, J. and Ash, S. (1997). "ACE Technology", Proceedings: North American Case Writers Association, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Weber, J., Ash, S., and Weber, P. (1997). "Making a Difference in Education with Technology: The benefits of cross-disciplinary instruction", Proceedings: International Association of Management, 231 - 236.

Awards:

  • Voted most influential faculty member by the graduate students of Franklin University for 1999-2000 academic year.
  • Voted Outstanding Teacher of the Year at Sul Ross State University for the 1994-1995 academic year
  • Selected Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher of the Year, New Mexico State University 1991
  • Student Paper award for “Recent Developments in Cognitive Psychology and their Application to Personnel Selection and Training,” Proceedings: The Institute for Behavioral and Applied Management
  • President, Doctoral Business Association, 1992-1993
  • Faculty Advisor, Student Chapter, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), The University of Akron; and Franklin University
  • Member: Academy of Management, Society for Human Resource Management, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, American Psychological Association.
  • Received first place in the College of Business Chili cooking competition