Robert J. Vandenberg
Department of Management

Department Head and Robert O. Arnold Professor of Business

C200A Benson Hall
630 S. Lumpkin St.
Athens, GA, 30602
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Department of Management
Workplace Health Group
CARMA or Consortium for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis


PhD, Social Psychology, University of Georgia, 1982

Prior Professional Positions

University of Georgia, Management, Full Professor, 2001 to present

University of Georgia, Terry College of Business, Department of Management, Department Head and Robert O. Arnold Professor of Business, 2013 to present

University of Georgia, Management, Associate Professor, 1993 to 2001

Georgia State University, Management, Assistant/Associate Professor, 1985 to 1993

Georgia Southern University, Management, Assistant Professor, 1982 to 1985


Recipient of the 2018 best publication of the year award in Organizational Research Methods given by the Research Methods Division of the Academy of Management.

Superior Teaching Recognition, Honors Day Convocation, University of Georgia, 2011

Distinguished Career Award, Research Methods Division, Academy of Management, 2010

Best Publication Award in Research Methods for Past Decade, Research Methods Division, Academy of Management, 2009

Faculty Research Award, University of Georgia, Terry College of Business, 2008

Fellow Status Conferred for Contributions to the Field of Psychology, American Psychological Association, 2007

Fellow Status Conferred for Research in Applied Psychology in the Workplace and Organizational Behavior, Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2007

Robert McDonald Award for Best Publication in Research Methods During Past 5 Years    

Research Methods Division, Academy of Management, 2005

Fellow Status Conferred for Contributions to the Study of Management, Southern Management Association, 2001

Superior Teaching Recognition, Honors Day Convocation, University of Georgia, 2000

Teacher of the Year Award in Management, Alpha Kappa Psi (Natl. Business Fraternity), University of Georgia, 1999


Member of Terry Advisory Committee to the Dean, Terry College of Business 2013-Present

Member of Best Paper Awards Committee for the Organizational Behavior Division, Academy of Management 2018

Member of the Thomas A. Mahoney Mentoring Award Committee for the Human Resources Management Division, Academy of Management 2014

Executive board member, Society for Organizational Behavior 2012-2015

University task force for parking and alternative travel, Member, 2009 – 2010, University

MBA Curriculum Committee, Terry College of Business, Member    2007 - 2008     University

University of Georgia, Terry College of Business, Dean's Advisory Council, Member, 2009 – 2012, University

Research Computing Advisory Council (RCAC), Member, 2009 – 2012, University

Research Awards Committee, Southern Management Association, Award committee member, 2007 – 2007, Professional

SHRM Foundation Dissertation Awards Committee, HR Division, Awards committee member, 2007 – 2007, Professional

Research Awards Committee, Research Methods Division of the Awards committee member, 2006 – 2007, Professional

Outstanding Awards Committee, Society of Industrial and Orga, Awards committee member, 2003 – 2004, Professional

University Promotion and Tenure Review Committee, Member, 2011 – 2013

University Council, Member, 2013 – 2016


Areas of Expertise

  • Employee Survey Administration and Feedback
  • Change Management
  • Structural equation methodology
  • Introductory and Advanced Statistics
  • Research Methods

Research Interests

  • Employee Involvement Processes
  • Measurement Design and Validation
  • Organizational Commitment
  • Organizational Culture
  • Statistical methods
  • Structural Equation Modeling
  • Workplace Safety
  • Change Management

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

  • Becker, T.D., Robertson, M.M., & Vandenberg, R.J. (2018). Nonlinear transformation in organizational research: Possible problems and potential solutions. Organizational ResearchMethods.DOI:10.1177/1094428118775205

  • Haynes, N.J., Vandenberg, R.J., DeJoy, D.M., Wilson, M.G., Padilla, H.M., Zuercher, H.S., & Robertson, M.M. (2018). The workplace health group: A case study of 20 years of multidisciplinary research. American Psychologist. DOI:

  • Li, M., Sharp, B.M., Bergh, D.D., & Vandenberg, R.J. (2018). Statistical and methodological myths and urban legends in strategic management research: The case of moderation analysis. European Management Review. DOI: 10.1111/emre.12319

  • Smith, M.B., Wallace, J.C., Vandenberg, R.J., Mondore, S. (2018). Employee involvement climate, task and citizenship performance, and instability as a moderator. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 29, 615-636.

  • Cortina, J.M., Green, J.P., Keeler, K.R., & Vandenberg, R.J. (2017). Degrees of freedom in SEM: Are we testing the models that we claim to test? Organizational Research Methods, 20, 350-378. (DOI: 10.1177/1094428116676345)

  • Sardeshmukh S. & Vandenberg, R.J. (2017). Integrating moderation and mediation: A structural equation modeling approach. Organizational Research Methods, 20, 721-745. (DOI: 10.1177/1094428115621609)

  • Wang, M., Beal, D.J., Chan, D., Newman, D.A., Vancouver, J.B., & Vandenberg, R.J. (2017). Longitudinal Research: A Panel Discussion on Conceptual, Methodological, and Practical Issues. Work, Aging and Retirement, 3, 1-24.

  • Aguinis, H., & Vandenberg, R.J. 2014An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure: Improving research quality before data collection. Annual Review Of Organizational Psych & Organizational Behavior1:569-595

  • Spell, H.B., Eby, L.T., & Vandenberg, R.J. 2014Developmental climate: A cross-level analysis of voluntary turnover and job performanceJournal Of Vocational Behavior84:283-292

  • Stanley, L.A., Vandenberghe, C., Vandenberg, R.J., & Bentein, K.2013Commitment profiles and employee turnoverJournal Of Vocational Behavior82:176-187

  • Meyer, J.P., Stanley, L.J., & Vandenberg, R.J. 2013A person-centered approach to the study of commitmentHuman Resource Management Review23:190-202

  • Ployhart, R.P., & Vandenberg, R.J. 2010A review and synthesis of longitudinal data analytical procedures in the organizational sciences.Journal Of Management, (36):96-120

  • DeJoy, D., Wilson, M.G., Vandenberg, R.J., McGrath, A.L., & Griffin-Blake, S. 2010Assessing the impact of a healthy work organization interventionJournal Of Occupational And Organizational Psychology, (83):139-165

  • Williams, L.J., Vandenberg, R.J., & Edwards, J. 2009Structural equation modeling in management research: A guide for improved analysisThe Academy Of Management Annals, (3):543-605

  • Richardson, H.A., Yang, J., Vandenberg, R.J., DeJoy, D.M., & Wilson, M.G. 2008What is the nature and strength of perceived organizational support’s role in stressor-strain relationships? Examining differences based on stressor and strain typeJournal Of Managerial Psychology, (23):789-810

  • Tetrick, L.E., Shore, L.M., Newton, L.A., & Vandenberg, R.J. 2007A Model of Union Participation: The Impact of Perceived Union Support, Union Instrumentality, and Union LoyaltyJournal Of Applied Psychology, (92):820-828

  • Vandenberg, R.J. 2006Statistical and methodological myths and urban legends: Where pray tell did they get this idea?  Organizational Research Methods, (9):194-201

  • Bentein, K., Vandenberg, R., Vandenberghe, C., & Stinglhamber, F.2005The Role of Change in the Relationship between Commitment and Turnover: A Latent Growth Modeling ApproachJournal Of Applied Psychology, (90):468-482

  • Richardson, H.A., & Vandenberg, R.J. 2005Integrating managerial perceptions and transformational leadership into a work-unit level model of employee involvementJournal Of Organizational Behavior, (26):561-589

  • Riordan, C.M. & Vandenberg, R.J, & Richardson, H.A. 2005.Employee involvement and organizational effectiveness: An organizational system perspectiveHuman Resource Management, (44):471-488

  • Wilson, M.G., DeJoy, D.M., Vandenberg, R.J., Richardson, H., & McGrath, A.L. 2004Work characteristics and employee health and well-being: Test of a model of healthy work organizationJournal Of Occupational And Organizational Psychology, (77):565-588

  • Williams, L.J., Edwards, J. & Vandenberg, R.J. 2003A review of advanced applications of structural equation techniques in organizational behavior and human resources management research.Journal Of Management, (29):903-936

  • Vandenberg, R.J., & Lance, C.E. 2000A Review and synthesis of the measurement invariance literature: Suggestions, practices and recommendations for organizational researchOrganizational Research Methods, (3):4-70.

Book Chapters

  • Vandenberg, R.J., & Richardson, H.A. (2019). A primer on multilevel structural equation modeling: User-friendly guidelines. In S.E. Humphrey, & J.M. LeBreton (eds.), The Handbook of Multilevel Theory, Measurement, and Analysis. (pp. 449-472). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

  • McTernan, W. P., Dollard, M. F., Tuckey, M., Vandenberg, R. (2016). Beneath the surface:An exploration of remoteness and work stress in the mines. In A. Shimazu, R. Bin-Nordin, M. Dollard, & J. Oakman (Eds.), Psychosocial Factors at Work in the Asia Pacific: From Theory to Practice (pp. 341-358). New York, NY: Springer.

  • A.C. LoPilato & R.J. Vandenberg. 2016The not so direct cross-level direct effectRoutledge:292-310

  • R.J. Vandenberg & Morelli, N.A. 2016A contemporary update on testing for measurement invariance and equivalence.Edward Elgar,1:449-461.

  • Vandenberg, R.J., Lance, C.E., & Taylor, S. 2005A latent variable approach to rating source equivalence: Who should provide ratings on organizational citizenship behavior dimensions?In D. Turnipseed (Ed.), A Handbook Of Organizational Behavior Ci:109-141

  • Vandenberg, R.J., Park, K.O., DeJoy, D.M., Wilson, M.G., & Griffin-Blake, S. 2002Placing job stress in perspective: An organizational network view of its antecedents and consequencesIn P. Perrewã© & D. Ganster (Eds.), Historical And Current Persp, (2):57-116

  • Vandenberg, R.J., & Stanley, L.J. 2009The statistical and methodological challenges underlying a new era of commitment researchIn H.J. Klein, T.E. Becker, & J.P. Meyer (Eds.), Commitment In O, (Organizational Frontier Series):383-418

  • Vandenberg, R.J. 2011The Revolution With a Solution: All is Not Quiet on the Statistical and Methodological Myths and Urban Legends FrontIn D.J. Ketchen, Jr. And D.D. Bergh (Eds.), Research Methodology6:237-257.


Editorial Appointments

Editorial Board Member, Organizational Research Methods, 2010 - present

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Applied Psychology, 2017 - present

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Management, 2017 - present

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Management, 2008 - 2015

Editor-In-Chief, Organizational Research Methods, 2008 - 2010

Editorial Board Member, British Journal of Management, 2006 - 2009

Associate Editor, Organizational Research Methods, 2003 - 2007

Editorial Board Member, Organizational Research Methods, 2000 - 2002

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Applied Psychology, 1993 - 2000

Editorial Board Member, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 1994 - 1999