Jeffrey Lovelace

Assistant Professor of Commerce; Director, Leadership Minor

Jeffrey Lovelace
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Ph.D., Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Pennsylvania State University
M.S., Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Pennsylvania State University
B.S., American Politics, United States Military Academy at West Point
Areas of Expertise: 
Leadership development
Professional Activities: 

Professor Lovelace’s research examines the social and cognitive influences that shape leader behavior, leader-follower relationships, and performance at the individual and firm level. He is currently working on several projects that examine the sensemaking processes of leaders and how variables like celebrity, status, and reputation influence their behaviors and performance in dynamic environments. He has published journal articles and book chapters in a variety of outlets such as Academy of Management Review; The Leadership Quarterly; Creativity Research Journal; The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist; and Studies in Conflict & Terrorism.

Professor Lovelace has taught leadership and various psychology classes at the undergraduate level. He has also run corporate education workshops for a variety of organizations in the public and private sectors. Prior to his academic career, he served as an Officer in the United States Army from 2002 until 2014, most recently as Assistant Professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Selected Publications:

"Charismatic, Ideological, & Pragmatic (CIP) Leadership: A Critical Review and Agenda for Future Research," The Leadership Quarterly, 2019 (with B. Neely, J. Allen, and S. Hunter).

"The Shackles of CEO Celebrity: Sociocognitive and Behavioral Role Constraints on ‘Star’ Leaders,” Academy of Management Review, 2018 (with J. Bundy, D. Hambrick, and T. Pollock).

"The Role of Executive Symbolism in Advancing New Strategic Themes in Organizations: A Social Influence Perspective," Academy of Management Review, 2018 (with D. Hambrick).

"The Many (Distinctive) Faces of Leadership: Inferring Leadership Domain from Facial Appearance," The Leadership Quarterly, 2014 (with C. Olivola & D. Eubanks).

"Charismatic, Ideological, and Pragmatic Leader’s Influence on Subordinate Creative Performance Along the Creative Process," Creativity Research Journal, 2013 (with S. Hunter).

Recent news about Jeffrey Lovelace:
Professor Jeffrey Lovelace has been researching the relationship between executives, their symbolic actions, and what those actions mean for their organizations during times of sweeping change or uncertainty. When execs attempt to lead by example, they often intend to create... Read more