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Dave Hofmann

Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior

Organizational climate, organizational change, leadership and modeling the influence of organizational factors on individual behavior and performance are the focus of research and consulting for Dave Hofmann.

An award-winning researcher and teacher in organizational behavior and leadership, Dr. Hofmann is academic director of the Leadership Initiative. He is the former area chair of organizational behavior and associate dean of the MBA Program.

His research played a key role in the organizational changes instituted at NASA after the Columbia accident through an organizational and safety culture assessment instrument he developed in partnership with Behavioral Science Technologies, Inc. He received a Fulbright grant to study errors and safety issues in organizations with a colleague in Germany and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant to investigate error management and organizational learning on nursing units.

The real-world relevance of his research was recognized by the American Psychological Association (APA) Decade of Behavior Research award. The APA honored the practical application of his research investigating leadership issues in high-risk industries, and he presented his findings at a Congressional briefing. Dr. Hofmann also received the Yoder-Heneman Research award from the Society of Human Resource Management.

Dr. Hofmann has consulted, conducted applied research and led executive workshops with a variety of organizations, including A.E. Staley Manufacturing Corporation, Aker Gulf Marine, Behavioral Science Technologies, Bell Atlantic, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Carrier Corporation/United Technologies, Citibank, Dentsply, Eli Lilly Corporation, ExxonMobil, Maplehurst Bakeries, National Multi Housing Association, Sony-Ericsson, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and U.S. Postal Service.

He is a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the American Psychological Society.

He earned his PhD in industrial and organizational psychology from Pennsylvania State University, a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Central Florida and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Furman University.