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Robert J. Vandenberg

Robert O. Arnold Professor of Business Emeritus

PhD, Social Psychology, University of Georgia, 1982

Prior professional positions:
  • University of Georgia, Management, Full Professor, 2001 to 2022
  • University of Georgia, Terry College of Business, Department of Management, Department Head and Robert O. Arnold Professor of Business, 2013 to 2022
  • 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
Awards, Honors and Recognitions:
  • 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
Research Interests and Areas of Expertise:
  • Employee Involvement Processes
  • Measurement Design and Validation
  • Organizational Commitment
  • Organizational Culture
  • Statistical methods
  • Structural Equation Modeling
  • Workplace Safety
  • Change Management

Areas of Expertise 

  • Employee Survey Administration and Feedback
  • Change Management
  • Structural equation methodology
  • Introductory and Advanced Statistics
  • Research Methods
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. 2014. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure: Improving research quality before data collection. . Annual Review Of Organizational Psych & Organizational Behavior, 1:569-595. 
  • Spell, H.B., Eby, L.T., & Vandenberg, R.J. 2014. Developmental climate: A cross-level analysis of voluntary turnover and job performance. Journal Of Vocational Behavior, 84:283-292. 
  • Stanley, L.A., Vandenberghe, C., Vandenberg, R.J., & Bentein, K.2013. Commitment profiles and employee turnover. Journal Of Vocational Behavior, 82:176-187. 
  • Meyer, J.P., Stanley, L.J., & Vandenberg, R.J. 2013. A person-centered approach to the study of commitment. Human Resource Management Review, 23:190-202. 
  • Ployhart, R.P., & Vandenberg, R.J. 2010. A 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. 2010. Assessing the impact of a healthy work organization intervention. Journal Of Occupational And Organizational Psychology, (83):139-165. 
  • Williams, L.J., Vandenberg, R.J., & Edwards, J. 2009. Structural equation modeling in management research: A guide for improved analysis. The Academy Of Management Annals, (3):543-605. 
  • Richardson, H.A., Yang, J., Vandenberg, R.J., DeJoy, D.M., & Wilson, M.G. 2008. What is the nature and strength of perceived organizational support’s role in stressor-strain relationships? Examining differences based on stressor and strain type. Journal Of Managerial Psychology, (23):789-810. 
  • Tetrick, L.E., Shore, L.M., Newton, L.A., & Vandenberg, R.J. 2007. A Model of Union Participation: The Impact of Perceived Union Support, Union Instrumentality, and Union Loyalty. Journal Of Applied Psychology, (92):820-828. 
  • Vandenberg, R.J. 2006. Statistical 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.2005. The Role of Change in the Relationship between Commitment and Turnover: A Latent Growth Modeling Approach. Journal Of Applied Psychology, (90):468-482. 
  • Richardson, H.A., & Vandenberg, R.J. 2005. Integrating managerial perceptions and transformational leadership into a work-unit level model of employee involvement. Journal Of Organizational Behavior, (26):561-589. 
  • Riordan, C.M. & Vandenberg, R.J, & Richardson, H.A. 2005.Employee involvement and organizational effectiveness: An organizational system perspective. Human Resource Management, (44):471-488. 
  • Wilson, M.G., DeJoy, D.M., Vandenberg, R.J., Richardson, H., & McGrath, A.L. 2004. Work characteristics and employee health and well-being: Test of a model of healthy work organization. Journal Of Occupational And Organizational Psychology, (77):565-588. 
  • Williams, L.J., Edwards, J. & Vandenberg, R.J. 2003. A 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. 2000. A Review and synthesis of the measurement invariance literature: Suggestions, practices and recommendations for organizational research. Organizational 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. 2016. The not so direct cross-level direct effect. Routledge:292-310. 
  • R.J. Vandenberg & Morelli, N.A. 2016. A contemporary update on testing for measurement invariance and equivalence.. Edward Elgar,1:449-461.
  • Vandenberg, R.J., Lance, C.E., & Taylor, S. 2005. A 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. 2002. Placing job stress in perspective: An organizational network view of its antecedents and consequences. In P. Perrewã© & D. Ganster (Eds.), Historical And Current Persp, (2):57-116. 
  • Vandenberg, R.J., & Stanley, L.J. 2009. The statistical and methodological challenges underlying a new era of commitment research. In H.J. Klein, T.E. Becker, & J.P. Meyer (Eds.), Commitment In O, (Organizational Frontier Series):383-418. 
  • Vandenberg, R.J. 2011. The Revolution With a Solution: All is Not Quiet on the Statistical and Methodological Myths and Urban Legends Front. In D.J. Ketchen, Jr. And D.D. Bergh (Eds.), Research Methodology, 6:237-257.


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