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Dr. Suzanne Masterson- Professor of Management and Doctoral Program Director, Lindner College of Business


"Good human resource management practices are important levers that managers can use in developing productive and satisfied employees, which ultimately contribute to better outcomes for managers and organizations alike."

Dr. Suzanne Masterson is a Professor Management and Doctoral Program Director for the Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati.

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior – University of Maryland
  • MBA in Human Resource Management – University of Maryland
  • B.A. in Communication and Business – University of Pittsburgh

Career Highlights:

  • Research appears in the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Journal of Organizational Behavior, among other journals
  • Serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Organizational Behavior, and is on the editorial review boards for the Academy of Management Journal and Academy of Management Review
  • Was awarded the 2005 EXCEL Undergraduate Teaching Award by the Lindner College of Business, and was inducted into the University of Cincinnati's Academy of Fellows of Teaching and Learning in 2008

Which classes do you teach online?

MGMT7073 - Human Resources Management

Why did you start teaching?

I wanted the opportunity to share research findings with students entering the business world, in order to improve employee experiences in organizations; I also appreciate the opportunity to continue learning from my students' experiences.

What's the best advice that you ever received?

To not worry about what other people think and instead to focus on doing things consistent with who I am and what I believe in.

What is the best advice that you could give to your students?

To continue to learn beyond the classroom, and to use life experiences as opportunities to reflect and learn.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

What qualities make someone particularly successful in the profession in which you teach?

I designed my HR Management course for managers (or people who aspire to become managers), regardless of their specific function. Successful managers are those who are able to get work done through their employees and have employees who are productive and satisfied. Good human resource management practices are important levers that managers can use in developing productive and satisfied employees, which ultimately contribute to better outcomes for managers and organizations alike.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in the profession face today?

I think one of the biggest challenges managers face may be developing trusting and healthy relationships with their employees in the face of competing priorities.

How do you see online learning affecting the future of education?

I believe that online learning is a valid and valuable pedagogy for students who are committed to furthering their education and who are proactive in taking advantage of the opportunities for learning.

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