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Ochieng F. Walumbwa

Ochieng F. Walumbwa

Associate Professor
Department of International Business

College of Business
Florida International University

Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 S.W. 8th St, MANGO 443
Miami, FL 33199

P: (305) 348-4982
E: owalumbw@fiu.edu


  • PhD, Human Resources and Industrial Relations
    University of Illinois at Urbana, Urbana, Illinois
  • Master, Education
    University of Illinois at Urbana, Urbana, Illinois

Professional Activities

Dr. Fred O. Walumbwa received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is currently a professor at Florida International University (FIU) in the College of Business’ Department of International Business. Dr. Walumbwa’s main research focuses on understanding how effective leaders emerge, evolve and develop, and how different clusters of leadership behaviors (i.e., positive forms of leadership such as authentic, ethical, servant and transformational leadership and the dark side of leadership such as destructive leadership or abusive supervision) enhance or inhibit climates more open to corporate, work unit and employee citizenship and proactive behaviors, engagement, fairness, learning, thriving, voicing, creativity/innovation, knowledge sharing, and withdrawal behaviors across cultures. His secondary research focuses on how organizations create competitive advantage through the use and development of various human resource practices and strategies such as high performance work systems and psychological capital, and the role of organizational contexts such as social networks and organizational climate, culture, and justice in facilitating effective organizational functioning across cultures.

Dr. Walumbwa has published over 100 papers, including over 60 refereed research articles in a wide range of prestigious journals in business, management and psychology, book chapters, peer-reviewed proceedings, and technical reports; and has made over 100 national and international conference presentations and lectures.  He has served or serves on several editorial boards of prestigious journals in his field, in addition to serving as a book series editor (Emerald Publishing Group). He co-edited a book on authentic leadership development (Elsevier Science) and co-authored the first ever theory-based measure of authentic leadership behavior (the Authentic Leadership Questionnaire) tied to the conceptualization of authentic leadership (http://www.mindgarden.com/products/alq.htm). 

In April 2017, Dr. Walumbwa was recognized in a published research as one of the top 2% most influential authors in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (IOP) in the world. In April 2019, he was identified in a published research as one of the top most influential and co-cited authors globally of Leadership Research in the world during 1990-2017. In August 2019, he was once again identified in another published research as 5th most productive leadership scholar during the period 2004 to 2010 and 11th most influential leadership scholar during the period 1990 through 2017 in the world placing him among the top 20 Influential Leadership and Productive Scholars in the world. Dr. Walumbwa has consulted with several diverse organizations in Africa, Asia, Australia, and the United States. Among others, he served as a Senior Research Advisor (2010-2014) and a member of the Distinguished Science Advisory Council (2007-2009) for the Washington-based Gallup Organization, USA and he is currently serving as a member of the Advisory Board for the Danne Institute for Research, Lagos, Nigeria.

Courses Taught

  • Global Management Skills
  • High Involvement Human Resource Management
  • Leadership
  • Leadership I
  • Leadership in a Global Environment
  • Master's Project in International Business
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Organizational Behavior Management
  • Organizational Processes that Deliver Economic and
  • Ph.D. Dissertation
  • Strategic Management

Refereed Journal Articles

Walumbwa, F. O., Hsu, I., Wu, C., Misati, E., & Christensen-Salem, A. (2019). Employee Service Performance and Collective Turnover: Examining the Influence of Initiating Structure Leadership, Service Climate, and Meaningfulness. Human Relations, 72(7).

Christensen-Salem, A., Kinicki, A., Zhang, Z., & Walumbwa, F. (2018). Responses to Feedback: The Role of Acceptance, Affect, and Creative Behavior. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 25(4).

Walumbwa, F., Muchiri, M., Misati, E., Wu, C., & Meiliani, M. (2018). Inspired To Perform: A Multilevel Investigation of Antecedents and Consequences of Thriving at Work. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 39(3).

Aryee, S., Walumbwa, F., Mondejar, R., & Chu, C. (2017). Core Self-Evaluations and Employee Voice Behavior: Test of a Dual-Motivational Pathway. Journal of Management, 43(3).

Walumbwa, F. O., Hartnell, C. A., & Misati, E. (2017). Does ethical leadership enhance group learning behavior? Examining the mediating influence of group ethical conduct, justice climate, and peer justice. Journal of Business Research, 72(3). View Article

Misati, E., Walumbwa, F. O., Lahiri, S., & Kundu, S. K. (2017). The Internationalization of African Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs): A South-North Pattern. Africa Journal of Management, 3(1). View Article

Hirst, G., Walumbwa, F., Aryee, S., ButarButar, I., & Chen, H. (2016). A Multilevel Investigation of Authentic Leadership as an Antecedent to Helping Behavior. Journal of Business Ethics, 139(3).

Aryee, S., Walumbwa, F., Gachunga, H., & Hartnell, C. (2016). Workplace Family Resources and Service Performance: The Mediating Role of Work Engagement. Africa Journal of Management, 2(2).

Aryee, S., Walumbwa, F., Seidu, E., & Otaye, L. (2016). Developing and Leveraging Human Capital Resource to Promote Service Quality: Testing a Theory of Performance. Journal of Management, 42(2).

Aryee, S., Walumbwa, F., Mondejar, R., & Chu, C. (2015). Accounting for the Influence of Fairness on Task Performance: Integrating Self-determination and Social Exchange Theories. Journal of Management Studies, 52(2).

Walumbwa, F., Maidique, M., & Atamanik-Dunphy, C. (2014). Decision-Making in a Crisis: What Every Leader Needs to Know. Organizational Dynamics, 43(4).

Adegoke, O., Walumbwa, F., Yan, T., Idiagbon-Oke, M., & Ojode, L. (2014). Linking Economic Status with Technology Adoption in Three Emerging Economies of Sub-Sahara Africa. Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 25(1).

Waldman, D., Galvin, B., & Walumbwa, F. (2013). The Development of Motivation to Lead and Leader Role Identity. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 20(2).

Wang, P., Walumbwa, F. O., Wang, H., & Aryee, S. (2013). Unraveling the Relationship between Family-Supportive Supervisor and Employee Performance. Group and Organization Management, 38(2).

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