Professor Ronald Karren 

Ronald Karren

Professor of Management

Telephone: 413-545-5688


Office: Isenberg 219B

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Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1978
M.A., New School for Social Research, 1973
B.A., Rutgers College, 1971 

Research/Teaching Interests:

Human Resource Selection
Interviewing and Testing
Disabilities, Fairness and Justice
Human Resource Management
Research Methods
Organization Behavior

Job Loss and Social Justice



Recent Publications/Presentations:

Karren, R. and Sherman, K. (2012). Layoffs and unemployment discrimination: A new Stigma. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 27 (8), 848-863.


Karren, R.  (2012). Introduction to the special issue on job loss. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 27 (8), 772-779.


Till, R. and Karren, R. (2011). Organizational justice perceptions and pay level satisfaction. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 26 (1), 42-57.


Peters, L. Shmerling, S., & Karren, R.J. (2011). Constructivist pedagogy in asynchronous online education: Examining proactive behavior and the impact on student engagement levels. International Journal on E-Learning, 10 (3), 311-330.


Peters, L. and Karren, R. (2009). An examination of the roles of trust and functional diversity on virtual team performance ratings. Group and Organization Management, 34 (4), 479-504.


Karren, R. J. and Zacharias, L. (2007). Integrity tests: Critical issues, Human Resource Management Review, 17, 221-234.


Zacharias, L, Karren, R, and Sherman, K. "Integrity testing: A comparison of the US and Europe," Managing in a Global Economy XII, Culture: Integration & Innovation, Sponsored by the Eastern Academy of Management, Amsterdam, Netherlands, June 23-27, 2007.


Other Key Publications:


  Karren, R. J. and Barringer, M.  (2002). A review and analysis of the policy-capturing in organizational research: Guidelines for research and practice, Organizational Research Methods, 5, (4), 337-362.


Graves, L. M. and Karren, R. J. (1996). The employee selection interview: A fresh look at an old problem. Human Resource Management, 35, (2), 163-180.


Karren, R. J., and Graves, L. M. (1994). Assessing person-organization fit in personnel selection: Guidelines for future research. International Jour­nal of Selection and Assessment, 2 (3), 146-156.


            Graves, L. M., and Karren, R. J. (1992).  Interviewer decision processes and

            effectiveness: An experimental policy-capturing investigation.  Personnel Psychol­ogy, 45 (2), 313-340.


Bobko, P., Karren, R., and Kerker, S.P. (1987). Systematic research needs for under­standing supervisory-based estimates of SDy in utility analysis. Organ­izational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 40, 69-95.


Mento, A.J., Steel, R.P., and Karren, R.J. (1987).  A meta-analytic study of the effects of goal setting on task performance: 1966-1984.  Organiza­tional Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 39, 52-83.


Bobko,, P., Karren R., and Parkington, J. (1983). The estimation of standard deviations in utility analyses:  An empirical test.  Journal of Applied Psycho­logy, 68, 170-176.


Bobko, P., and Karren, R. (1979).  The perception of Pearson product moment cor­relations from bivariate scatterplots.  Personnel Psychology, 32, 313-325.