Howard J. Klein is a professor of management and human resources in the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. Professor Klein received his B.A. degree from the University of Minnesota in psychology, his M.B.A. from Michigan State University in human resource management, and his Ph.D. degree in organizational behavior and human resource management from Michigan State University.  His research interests center on the commitment, motivation, and performance of individuals and teams through the study of workplace commitments, socialization, goal setting, training, and performance management. Professor Klein has authored more than 50 articles and book chapters and made over 65 presentations at scholarly conferences on these and other topics. He has edited a book on Commitment in Organizations and his articles have been published in outlets including the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Personnel Psychology, and Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management. Professor Klein has received multiple awards each for his research, teaching, and service. He teaches courses in recruitment and hiring, training and development, human resource management, organizational behavior, and research methods at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. Professor Klein is an Associate Editor for Human Resources Management Review and serves on several other editorial review boards including the Academy of Management Discoveries and Personnel Psychology. He is a past Chair of the Human Resources Division of the Academy of Management and served on the Board of Directors for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation and was Board Chair. Professor Klein is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Areas of Expertise

  • Employee Motivation
  • Goal Setting and Goal Commitment
  • Performance Management
  • Employee Socialization
  • Human Resource Management
  • Employee Selection and Training
  • Newcomer Orientation
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Human Resource Development
  • Workplace Commitments


  • PhD, Michigan State University
  • MBA, Michigan State University
  • BA, University of Minnesota