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Benjamin Dunford

Benjamin Dunford

Associate Professor of Management
Organizational Behavior/Human Resources


Dr. Benjamin Dunford is an Associate Professor at the Krannert School of Management, Purdue University. Professor Dunford is a recognized teacher at Masters and Executive levels on topics including organizational change, leadership, negotiations, employee engagement, compensation, labor and employee relations, healthcare management and strategic human resource management. His research focuses broadly on how the management of people impacts organizational effectiveness and employee engagement particularly in the healthcare industry. On these topics he has published over 25 peer reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings and book chapters. His research has been recognized for excellence from numerous academic and professional associations and journals.   

Professor Dunford has consulted with firms from a variety of industries including healthcare, media, restaurant, aluminum, and telecommunications. He earned his PhD from Cornell University in 2004, and holds Masters and Bachelor's degrees in Psychology from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Brigham Young University, respectively.



Journal Articles

  • Hansen, S. D., Dunford, B. B., Boss, A. D., Boss, R. W., & Angermeier, I. (2011). Corporate social responsibility and the benefits of employee trust: A cross disciplinary perspective. Journal of Business Ethics, vol. 102 29-45. | Download |
  • Dunford, B. B., Boswell, W. R., & Boudreau, J. W. (2010). When do high level managers believe they can influence the stock price. Antecedents of stock price expectancy cognitions.. Human Resource Management, vol. 49 (1), 23-34. | Download |
  • Chullen, C. L., Dunford, B. B., Boss, R. W., Angermeier, I., & Boss, A. D. (2010). Minimizing deviant behavior in healthcare organizations: The affects of supportive leadership and job design.. Journal of Healthcare Management, vol. 55 (6), 381-399. | Download |
  • Boss, R. W., Dunford, B. B., Boss, A. B., & McConkie, M. (2010). Sustainable change in the public sector: The longitudinal benefits of organization development.. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, vol. 46 (4), 436-472. | Download |
  • Dunford, B. B., Schleicher, D. J., & Zhu, L. (2009). The relative importance of voluntary stock investment. Is stock ownership unnecessary for establishing an ownership culture.. Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations, vol. 16 1-28. | Download |
  • Angermeier, I., Dunford, B. D., Boss, A. D., Boss, R. W. (2009). Improving healthcare effectiveness: The impact of participative management perceptions on customer service, medical errors, burnout, and turnover intentions.. Journal of Healthcare Management, vol. 52 (2), 127-141. | Download |
  • Dunford, B. B., Oler, D. K., & Boudreau, J. W. (2008). Underwater Stock options and voluntary executive turnover: A multi-disciplinary perspective integrating behavioral and economic theories. Personnel Psychology, | Download |
  • Dunford, B., Boudreau, J., & Boswell, W. (2005). Out-of-the-Money: The Impact of Underwater Stock Options on Executive Job Search. Personnel Psychology, vol. 58 67-101. | Download |
  • Boswell, W., Boudreau, J., & Dunford, B. (2004). The Outcomes and Correlates of Job Search Objectives. Searching to Leave or Searching for Leverage. Journal of Applied Psychology, vol. 89 1083-1091. | Download |
  • Devine, D., Clayton, L., Dunford, B., Seying, R., & Pryce, J. (2001). Jury Decision Making: 45 Years of Empirical Research on Deliberating Groups. Psychology, Public Policy, & Law, vol. 7 (3), 622-727. | Download |
  • Wright, P., Dunford, B., & Snell, S. (2001). Human Resources and the Resource Based View of the Firm. Journal of Management, vol. 27 (6), 701-721. | Download |
  • Devine, D., Clayton, L., Phillips, J., Dunford, B., & Melner, S. (1999). Teams in Organizations: Prevalence, Characteristics and Effectiveness. Small Group Research, vol. 30 678-711. | Download |
  • Dunford, B., & Devine, D. (1998). Employment At-will and Employee Discharge: A Justice Perspective on Legal Action Following Termination. Personnel Psychology, vol. 51 903-934. | Download |

Forthcoming Publications

  • Dunford, B. B., Shipp, A., Boss, R. W., Angermeier, I, & Boss, A. D. For whom does burnout change over time. A career transition perspective of employee burnout trajectories. Journal of Applied Psychology, | Download |
  • Zimmerman, R. D., Boswell, W. R., Shipp, A., Dunford, B. B., & Boudreau, J. W. Explaining the pathways between personality and employees job search behavior. Journal of Management, | Download |

Book Chapters

  • Boudreau, J., Boswell, W., Dunford, B., & Ray, P. (2002). Why Top Talent Looks Elsewhere. BrassRing, LLC, Waltham, MA. 258-263. | Download |
  • Boudreau, J., Dunford, B., & Ramstad, P. (2001). The Human Capital Impact on E Business. The Case of Encyclopedia Britannica. E-Business Research Center: Pennsylvania State University, | Download |

Working Papers

  • Dunford, B. B., Sathyamurthy, K., Angermeier, I., Boss, R. W., Sinclair, K., Duggar, S., & Nyp, R. Generational differences in healthcare employee voluntary turnover: One retention strategy doesnt fit all.. | Download |
  • Dunford, B. B., Boss, R. W, Boss, A. D., Zara, G., & Grooms, R. Dunford, B. B., Boss, R. W, Boss, A. D., Zara, G., & Grooms, R. Can entire departments be burned out.. | Download |
  • Dunford, B. B.; Shipp, A. J., Boss, R. W., Angermeier, I., Boss, A. D., & Williams, T. A. Pay fairness and employee engagement in the healthcare sector.. | Download |
  • Burnout was more likely to occur among organizational newcomers and internal job changers and less likely to occur among organizational insiders.

    Up in Smoke: Employee burnout more prevalent among newcomers, internal job changers

    Burnout — the word evokes a feeling of deflation. A smoking matchstick, a dwindling campfire, tires skidded to a stop. For many in the workplace, it’s a familiar feeling. Although the concept dates back to the 1970s, most studies addressed it from a static perspective. Research from Professor Benjamin Dunford at Purdue University's Krannert School of Management, however, takes a more dynamic approach by examining burnout throughout difference phases of employees' careers.

    Full story: Up in Smoke: Employee burnout more prevalent among newcomers, internal job changers

  • Ben Dunford

    Balancing Act: Happy hospital employees lead to more satisfied patients

    Helping employees balance their work and family needs is increasingly important for not only attracting and retaining key talent in healthcare, but also for enhancing patient care. According to research by Ben Dunford, an associate professor of management at Krannert and a faculty affiliate of the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering in Purdue’s Discovery Park, more satisfied employees can mean more satisfied patients.

    Full story: Balancing Act: Happy hospital employees lead to more satisfied patients

  • Work-Family Backlash

    PhD grad Matthew Perrigino and faculty members Kelly Schwind Wilson and Benjamin Dunford discuss their research on work-family backlash

  • Conflict management

    Benjamin Dunford discusses conflict management

  • Benjamin Dunford on Third Party Justice

    Dr. Benjamin Dunford talks about third party justice in organizations and how organizations treat employees.

Phone: 67877
Office: KCTR 241

Quick links

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Area(s) of Expertise

Organizational change, leadership, negotiations, employee engagement, compensation, labor and employee relations, healthcare management and strategic human resource management.