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Paul Tesluk

Paul Tesluk (PhD & MS industrial-organizational psychology, Penn State University; BS, Cornell University) is Tyser Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management in the Department of Management and Organization at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park. He has also been on the faculty at Tulane University. He currently is chair of the Department of Management and Organization, which is currently rated within the top five management departments in the world on research productivity and scholarly impact. Paul is also the co-director of the Center for Human Capital, Innovation and Technology (HCIT).  


His research focuses on strategies to enhance team effectiveness and innovation, the development of management and leadership talent, and organizational culture and climate in organizations transitioning to high-involvement workplace systems. He has published dozens of articles and book chapters on these topics and has received awards from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology for his research on work team effectiveness and work experience and leadership development. He is currently on the editorial boards of Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, and Organization Science, some of the leading academic journals in the management field.
Paul regularly teaches in several corporate development programs on topics involving leadership development, teamwork and innovation both in the Robert H. Smith’s School of Business and overseas and frequently serves as an executive leadership development coach. Paul also is an experienced executive and leadership development coach and has served in this role in several leadership and executive programs. In his capacity as co-director of HCIT, Paul has lead several teams on projects involving long-term collaborations with organizations in designing and implementing comprehensive programs and tools to improve organizational effectiveness and innovation. Having been trained in the scientist-practitioner model as a consultant and research associate at applied research centers, Paul has continued this approach by serving in a consulting capacity to a number of organizations through collaborations with organizational stakeholders in designing practices, systems, and structures that are based on sound research. Organizations that he has worked with either in an executive education, executive coaching, consulting, and/or research capacity have included Marriott International, Sabre, Laitram, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Anne Arundel Medical Center, Choice Hotels, Lockheed Martin, SAIC, Otis Elevator, BBYO, Hughes Network Systems, Black & Decker, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Public Safety, Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration (Air Traffic Organization), the U.S. Department of Energy, as well as others.