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Henry B. Tippie Research Professor



  • Management and Entrepreneurship

    Tippie College of Business

  • Director of Executive Education

    Tippie College of Business


Stephen Courtright is the Henry B. Tippie Professor of Management and Director of Executive Education at The University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business. He is also the founding Director of the Tippie Leadership Collaborative, which provides executive training and lifelong learning programs for organizations across Iowa and the United States. A former accountant, he received a BS in Accounting from Brigham Young University-Idaho and a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Iowa. He previously served as an assistant and associate professor of management at Texas A&M University―where he was named a Presidential Impact Fellow―before returning to Iowa in 2020.

His research on organizational leadership, team effectiveness, employee engagement, and the work-nonwork interface has been published in top research journals and cited over 5,000 times. In addition to being a guest on NPR, Sirius XM Business Radio, and HuffPost Live, his work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and other media outlets. His research has received several different recognitions, including the Kanter International Award for Research Excellence in Work and Family and the Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Network of Leadership Scholars. He has delivered more than 50 presentations to academic audiences around the world, and he currently serves on the editorial boards of three major research journals: Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, and Journal of Applied Psychology.

Professor Courtright is also an award-winning teacher and currently teaches courses on organizational behavior and leadership in Tippie's Executive MBA and undergraduate programs. He has delivered training programs and keynote presentations to thousands of executives and managers in Fortune 500 companies, large government agencies, and small-to-medium size businesses.

Most importantly, he and his wife, Nicole, are the proud parents of four children. Together, they enjoy traveling, exploring the outdoors, watching Hawkeye sports, and serving in their church.


  • PhD in Business Administration, University of Iowa, 2012
  • BS in Accounting, Brigham Young University-Idaho, 2006

Areas of Interest

  • Employee engagement
  • High-performing teams
  • Organizational leadership

Professional Memberships

  • Academy of Management
  • Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology

Selected Awards & Honors

  • Most Impactful Faculty Member, MSHRM Program, Texas A&M University, 2019
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, Texas A&M Association of Former Students, 2018
  • Kanter International Award for Research Excellence in Work and Family, 2017
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award, Academy of Management Review, 2016
  • Faculty Fellowship for Innovation in High-Impact Learning Experiences, Texas A&M University, 2014
  • Montague-Center for Teaching Excellence Scholar Award, Texas A&M University, 2014
  • Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award, Network of Leadership Scholars - Academy of Management, 2012
  • Best Student Convention Paper Award, Academy of Management - HR Division, 2012
  • SHRM Foundation Dissertation Award, Society for Human Resource Management, 2011
  • Henry B. Tippie Research Professorship, University of Iowa, 2020

Selected Publications

  • Smith, T. A., Butts, M. M., Courtright, S. H., Duerden, M. D. & Widmer, M. (2022). Work-leisure blending: An integrative conceptual review and framework to guide future research. Journal of Applied Psychology, 107, 560-580. DOI: 10.1037/apl0000924.
  • McClean, S. T., Yim, J., Courtright, S. H. & Dunford, B. B. (2021). Transformed by the family: An episodic, attachment theory perspective on family-work enrichment and transformational leadership. Journal of Applied Psychology, 106, 1848-1866. DOI: 10.1037/apl0000869.
  • McClean, S. T., Courtright, S. H., Yim, J. & Smith, T. A. (2021). Making nice or faking nice? Exploring supervisors' two-faced response to their past abusive behavior. Personnel Psychology, 74, 693-719. DOI: 10.1111/peps.12424.
  • Andrus, J. L., Withers, M. C., Courtright, S. H. & Boivie, S. (2019). Go your own way: Exploring the causes of top executive turnover. Strategic Management Journal, 40, 1151-1168. DOI: 10.1002/smj.3020.
  • McClean, S. T., Barnes, C. M., Courtright, S. H. & Johnson, R. E. (2019). Resetting the clock on dynamic leader behaviors: A conceptual integration and agenda for future research. Academy of Management Annals, 13, 479-508. DOI: 10.5465/annals.2017.0081.
  • Stewart, G. L., Courtright, S. H. & Manz, C. C. (2019). Self-leadership: A paradoxical core of organizational behavior. Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, 6, 47-67. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-orgpsych-012218-015130.
  • Thiel, C. E., Harvey, J., Courtright, S. & Bradley, B. (2019). What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger: How teams rebound from early-stage relationship conflict. Journal of Management, 45, 1623-1659. DOI: 10.1177/0149206317729026.
  • Courtright, S., McCormick, B., Mistry, S. & Wang, J. (2017). Quality charters or quality members? A control theory perspective on team charters and team performance. Journal of Applied Psychology, 102, 1462-1470. DOI: 10.1037/apl0000229.
  • Courtright, S. H., Gardner, R. G., Smith, T. A., McCormick, B. W. & Colbert, A. E. (2016). My family made me do it: A cross-domain, self-regulatory perspective on antecedents to abusive supervision. Academy of Management Journal, 59, 1630-1652. DOI: 10.5465/amj.2013.1009.
  • Barrick, M. R., Thurgood, G., Smith, T. & Courtright, S. H. (2015). Collective organizational engagement: Linking motivational antecedents, strategic implementation, and firm level performance. Academy of Management Journal, 58, 111-135. DOI: 10.5465/amj.2013.0227.

Editorial & Review Activities

  • Academy of Management Journal, Editorial Board Member.
  • Academy of Management Review, Editorial Board Member.
  • Journal of Applied Psychology, Editorial Board Member.