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James LeBreton

James LeBreton

Professor of Psychology

632 Moore Building
Office Phone: (814) 867-4847

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. Ph. D., University of Tennessee, 2002


Research Interests: Personality & Organizational Behavior

For the last 20 years, I have focused on developing, testing, and revising the Conditional Reasoning Theory of Personality. This theory is anchored on the basic concept of motivated reasoning.  Specifically, we believe that individuals with strong personality motives (e.g., motive to aggress; motive to achieve; motive for power) develop cognitive biases (e.g., hostile attribution bias; efficacy of persistence bias; agency bias) whose purpose is to facilitate the pursuit of behavior that satisfies the underlying motives (e.g., harming others; working evenings and weekends; pursuing positions of leadership).  As part of this research program, I have been involved in the development and validation of several measures designed to assess the implicit motives to aggress, to achieve, and for power.  We have then relied on these measures to test hypotheses linking personality to organizational outcomes including counterproductive work behavior, leadership, team processes & performance, and job attitudes.

Research Interests: Measurement and Applied Statistics

I also have secondary interests related to research methods and statistics.  I am a past editor of Organizational Research Methods and recently co-edited the APA Handbook on Multilevel Theory, Measurement, and Analysis.  My current interests include topics related to meta-analysis, multilevel research, and the development and validation of surveys/tests used in organizational research.

Representative Publications

(current & former students noted in bold text)

  1. Davison, H. K., LeBreton, J. M., Stewart, S. M., & Bing, M. N. (in press). Investigating curvilinear relationships of explicit and implicit aggression with work outcomes. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology.
  2. LeBreton, J. M., Grimaldi, E. M., & Schoen, J. (in press). Conditional reasoning: Suggestions for test development and validation.  Organizational Research Methods.
  3. Schoen, J. L., DeSimone, J. A., Meyer, R. D., Schnure, K. A., & LeBreton, J. M. (in press). Identifying, defining, and measuring justification mechanisms: The implicit biases underlying individual differences. Journal of Management.
  4. Smith, D., Hoffman, M. E., & LeBreton, J. M. (in press). Conditional reasoning: An integrated approach to item analysis., Organizational Research Methods.
  5. Yuan, Z., Morgeson, F. P., & LeBreton, J. M. (in press). Maybe not so independent after all: Exploring meta-analytic assumptions about the relationship between situational moderators and criterion reliability. Personnel Psychology
  6. LeBreton, J. M., Shiverdecker, L. K., & Grimaldi, E. M. (2018). The dark triad and workplace behavior. Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, 5, 387-414.
  7. Baysinger, M., Scherer, K. T., & LeBreton, J. M. (2014). Exploring the disruptive effects of psychopathy and aggression on group processes and group performance. Journal of Applied Psychology, 99(1), 48-65.
  8. Spain, S., Harms, P., & LeBreton, J.M. (2014). The dark side of personality at work. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 35, S41-S60.
  9. LeBreton, J. M., Scherer, K. T. & James, L. R. (2014). Corrections for criterion unreliability in validity generalization: A false prophet in a land of suspended judgment. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 7(4), 478-500. *invited focal article*
  10. Krasikova, D. V., Green, S., & LeBreton, J. M. (2013). Destructive leadership: A theoretical review, integration, and future research agenda. Journal of Management, 39(5), 1308-1338.
  11. LeBreton, J. M., Tonidandel, S., & Krasikova, D. V. (2013). Residualized relative importance analysis: A technique for the comprehensive decomposition of variance in higher-order regression models. Organizational Research Methods, 16(3), 449-473.
  12. Tonidandel, S., & LeBreton, J. M. (2013). Beyond step down analysis: A new test for decomposing the importance of dependent variables in MANOVA. Journal of Applied Psychology, 98(3), 469-477.
  13. Krasikova, D. V., & LeBreton, J. M (2012). Just the two of us: Misalignment of theory and methods in examining dyadic phenomena. Journal of Applied Psychology, 97, 739-757.
  14. Wu, J., & LeBreton, J. M. (2011). Reconsidering the dispositional basis of counterproductive work behavior: The role of aberrant personality traits. Personnel Psychology, 64, 593-626.
  15. LeBreton, J. M., & Senter, J. L. (2008). Answers to twenty questions about interrater reliability and interrater agreement. Organizational Research Methods, 11, 815-852.
  16. LeBreton, J. M, Tonidandel, S. (2008). Multivariate relative importance: Extending relative weight analysis to multivariate criterion spaces. Journal of Applied Psychology, 93, 329-345.
  17. Bing, M. N., LeBreton, J. M., Davison, H. K., Migetz, D. Z, & James, L. R. (2007). Integrating implicit and explicit social cognitions for enhanced personality assessment: A general framework for choosing measurement and statistical methods. Organizational Research Methods, 10, 346-389.
  18. LeBreton, J. M., Barksdale, C. D., Robin, J. D. & James, L. R. (2007). Measurement issues associated with conditional reasoning tests of personality: Deception and faking.  Journal of Applied Psychology, 92, 1-16
  19. LeBreton, J. M., Hargis, M. B., Griepentrog, B., Oswald, F. L., & Ployhart, R. E. (2007). A multidimensional approach for evaluating variables in organizational research and practice.  Personnel Psychology, 60, 475-498.
  20. LeBreton, J. M., James, L. R., & Lindell, M. K. (2005). Recent issues regarding rWG, r*WG, rWG(J), and r*WG(J). Organizational Research Methods, 8, 128-139.

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