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Lloyd J. and Thelma W. Palmer Professor



  • Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship

    Tippie College of Business

  • Palmer Professor, Management and Entrepreneurship


Jennifer D. Nahrgang is the Palmer Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Iowa. Before her career in academia, Jennifer spent 5 years working for ExxonMobil Corporation. At Tippie, she currently teaches topics related to leadership, team development, and negotiations in the Executive MBA program and numerous Executive Education programs. Jennifer has worked with clients such as the Mayo Clinic, PayPal, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, MTD (Modern Tool and Die Company), Re-Bath, and numerous small businesses. Jennifer enjoys working with students, executives and organizations to help them discover ways of developing their talent to effectively lead in the current and future world of work.

In the area of research, Jennifer focuses on leadership processes and leadership development, team dynamics and effectiveness, employee voice and engagement, and the future world of work. She has published numerous articles in top-tier management journals, and currently serves as Associate Editor for Personnel Psychology.


  • PhD, Michigan State University, 2009

Areas of Interest

  • Employee Engagement
  • Future World of Work
  • Leadership
  • Team Effectiveness

Selected Publications

  • Bartels, A. L., Nahrgang, J. D., Sessions, H., Wilson, K. S., Wu, L. & Law-Penrose, J. C. (2022). With a frown or a smile: How leader affective states spark the leader-follower reciprocal exchange process. Personnel Psychology 75 147-177.
  • Chiu, C., Nahrgang, J. D., Bartram, A., Wang, J. & Tesluk, P. E. (2021). Informal Leadership Comes at a Cost. Harvard Business Review Online.
  • Newton, D. W., Chamberlin, M., Maupin, C. K., Nahrgang, J. D. & Carter, D. R. (In Press). Voice as a signal of human and social capital in team assembly decisions. Journal of Management.
  • Sessions, H., Nahrgang, J. D., Baer, M. D. & Welsh, D. T. (In Press). From zero to hero and back to zero: The consequences of status inconsistency between the work roles of multiple jobholders. Journal of Applied Psychology.
  • Sessions, H., Nahrgang, J. D., Vaulont, M., Williams, R. & Bartels, A. L. (2021). Do the hustle! Empowerment from side-hustles and its effects on full-time work performance. Academy of Management Journal 64 (1) 235-264.
  • Zhang, C., Nahrgang, J. D., Ashford, S. J. & DeRue, D. S. (2020). Why Capable People are Reluctant to Lead. Harvard Business Review Online.
  • Nahrgang, J. D., Sessions, H., Vaulont, M. J. & Bartels, A. L. (2020). Make Your Side Hustle Work. Harvard Business Review Online.
  • Sessions, H., Nahrgang, J. D., Newton, D. W. & Chamberlin, M. (2020). I’m tired of listening: The effects of supervisor appraisals of group voice on supervisor emotional exhaustion and performance. Journal of Applied Psychology 105 (6) 619-636.
  • Luciano, M. M., Nahrgang, J. D. & Shropshire, C. (2020). Strategic leadership systems: Viewing top management teams and boards of directors from a multiteam systems perspective. Academy of Management Review 45 (3) 675--701.
  • Zhang, C., Nahrgang, J. D., Ashford, S. J. & DeRue, D. S. (2020). The risky side of leadership: Conceptualizing risk perceptions in informal leadership and investigating the effects of their over-time changes in teams. Organization Science 31 (5) 1138--1158.

Editorial & Review Activities

  • Academy of Management Journal, Editorial Board Member.
  • Academy of Management Review, Editorial Board Member.
  • Journal of Applied Psychology, Editorial Board Member.
  • Personnel Psychology, Associate Editor, January 2022.