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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 developed an early passion for business as a bookkeeper for his parent’s floral shop in Boise, Idaho. After completing his undergraduate degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University-Idaho, he worked for Deloitte as a tax accountant before earning a Ph.D. in Business Administration from The University of Iowa in 2012. He served on the faculty at Texas A&M University until 2020, when he returned to The University of Iowa as the Henry B. Tippie Research Professor of Management and Director of Executive Education in the Tippie College of Business. In that capacity, he led the start-up of the Tippie Leadership Collaborative, a center of excellence focused on delivering executive education and research consulting to organizations across the country.

His award-winning research on organizational leadership, teamwork, and employee engagement has been published in top research journals and featured in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, NPR, Forbes, Vox, and Huffington Post. He is the recipient of several teaching awards and currently teaches classes on organizational behavior and leadership in Tippie's Executive MBA and undergraduate programs. He has done executive education and consulting for various Fortune 1000 and government organizations, including John Deere, Caterpillar, Halliburton, HNI, Meredith, and the Veterans Health Administration.

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 volunteering 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
  • Presidential Impact Fellowship, Texas A&M University, 2020 - 2017

Selected Publications

  • Smith, T. A., Butts, M. M., Courtright, S. H., Duerden, M. D. & Widmer, M. (In Press). Work-leisure blending: An integrative conceptual review and framework to guide future research. Journal of Applied Psychology. DOI: 10.1037/apl0000924.
  • McClean, S. T., Courtright, S. H., Yim, J. & Smith, T. A. (In Press). Making nice or faking nice? Exploring supervisors' two-faced response to their past abusive behavior. Personnel Psychology. DOI: 10.1111/peps.12424.
  • McClean, S. T., Yim, J., Courtright, S. H. & Dunford, B. B. (In Press). Transformed by the family: An episodic, attachment theory perspective on family-work enrichment and transformational leadership. Journal of Applied Psychology. DOI: 10.1037/apl0000869.
  • 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.

Professional Service

  • Academy of Management, HR Division Executive Committee, August 2019 - January 2019.

Editorial & Review Activities

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