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Howard J. Klein 

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, staffing, training, and performance management. Professor Klein has authored more than 40 articles and book chapters and made over 50 presentations at scholarly conferences on these and other topics. 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, introductory human resource management, and research methods at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. Professor Klein serves on several editorial review boards including the Human Resources Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. He is Chair of the Human Resources Division of the Academy of Management and chair-elect for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation Board of Directors. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and is the founder and site coordinator for the Human Resources Instructional eXchange, a web-based clearinghouse for teaching and learning about human resource management.