James M. Diefendorff, Ph.D.

James M. Diefendorff, Ph.D.

Title: Professor
Program: Industrial/Organizational
Dept/Program: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Office: CAS 318
Phone: 330-972-7317
Email: jdiefen@uakron.edu
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Dr. Diefendorff is a professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology at The University of Akron.  His research interests include self-regulatory processes, work motivation, and emotional labor.  His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and his 70+ publications have appeared in leading journals such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Academy of Management Journal, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Journal of Management.  Dr. Diefendorff is a fellow of the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology, has served as Associate Editor at Personnel Psychology and Journal of Business and Psychology, and has been on the editorial boards of Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Vocational Behavior, and Journal of Organizational Behavior.  Prior to joining the faculty at The University of Akron, Dr. Diefendorff served on the faculty in the Psychology Department at Louisiana State University and in the Business School at The University of Colorado at Denver.  He also has been a visiting scholar at Singapore Management University, University of Osnabrück, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and the China Europe International Business School (in Shanghai and Beijing).  



Diefendorff, J. M., Kenworthy, M. E., Lee, F. C., & Nguyen, L. K. (in press). Work motivation. In J.M. Peiro (Ed). Oxford Encyclopedia of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190236557.013.37  

Gabriel, A.S., Diefendorff, J.M., & Grandey, A.A. (2023).  The acceleration of emotional labor research: Navigating the past and steering toward the future.  Personnel Psychology, 76(2), 511-545. https://doi.org/10.1111/peps.12576 

Lee, F., Diefendorff, J.M., *Nolan, M.T., & Trougakos, J.P. (2023).  Emotional exhaustion across the workday: Person-level and day-level predictors of workday emotional exhaustion growth curves. Journal of Applied Psychology. Advance Online Publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/apl0001095

Nolan, M. T., Diefendorff, J. M., Thornton-Lugo, M., *Hynes, D., Prezuhy, M., & Schrieber, J. (2023). Understanding the commute from a dynamic self-regulatory perspective.  Organizational Psychology Review, 13(2), 99-124. https://doi.org/10.1177/20413866221133745 

Nolan, M. T., Diefendorff, J.M., Erickson, R. J., & Lee, M. T. (2022). Psychological compassion climate: Examining the nomological network of perceptions of work group compassion. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 133, 103688. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2021.103688 

Diefendorff, J.M., Lee, F., & Hynes, D. (2021).  Longitudinal Designs in Organizational Research.  In M. Hitt. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Business and Management. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190224851.013.211

Diefendorff, J.M., Nolan, M. T., Tseng, S. T., Kenworthy, M. E., & Fiorientino, N. L. (2021). Job Involvement.  In V. I. Sessa & N. A. Bowling (Eds.).  Essentials of job attitudes and other workplace psychological constructs (pp. 129-155). Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429325755-8 

Diefendorff, J. M., Thayer, A. L., Sodhi, K., & Magill, D. (2020). Dynamic emotional labor: A review and extension to teams. In L.-Q. Yang, R. Cropanzano, C. S. Daus, & V. Martínez-Tur (Eds.), The Cambridge handbook of workplace affect (pp. 310–322). Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108573887.024 

Gabriel, A. S., Erickson, R. J., Diefendorff, J. M., & Krantz, D. J. (2020). When does feeling in control benefit well-being? The boundary conditions of identity commitment and self-esteem.  Journal of Vocational Behavior, 119, 103415. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2020.103415  

Oc, B., Daniels, M. A., Diefendorff, J. M., Bashshur, M. R., & Greguras, G. J. (2020).  Humility breeds authenticity: How leader authentic humility shapes follower vulnerability and authenticity.  Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 158, 112-125. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.obhdp.2019.04.008 

Diefendorff, J. M., Gabriel, A. S., Nolan, M. T., & Yang, J.  (2019). Emotion regulation in the context of customer mistreatment and felt affect: An event-based profile approach.  Journal of Applied Psychology, 104(7), 965-983. https://doi.org/10.1037/apl0000389  

Van den Broeck, A., Carpini, J., & Diefendorff J. M.  (2019). Work Motivation: Where Do the Different Perspectives Lead us?  In. R. Ryan (Ed.).  Oxford Handbook of Human Motivation. 2nd edition.  Oxford University Press.