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 70 articles and book chapters and made over 85 presentations at scholarly conferences on these and other topics. He has also edited a book on Commitment in Organizations. His articles have been published in outlets including the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Personnel Psychology and, according to Google Scholar, have been cited over 17,500 times. Professor Klein has received multiple awards each for his research, teaching, and service. He teaches courses in talent acquisition, training and development, HR analytics, human resource management, organizational behavior, and research methods at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. Professor Klein serves as co Editor-in-Chief for Human Resources Management, served as Editor-in-Chief for Human Resources Management Review and serves, or has served, on several other editorial review boards including the Academy of Management Discoveries, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 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 and a member of the Society of Organizational Behavior.




Areas of Expertise

  • Workplace Commitments
  • Employee Motivation
  • New Employee Onboarding
  • Goal Setting and Goal Commitment
  • Performance Management

Areas of Expertise

Human Resources Management
  • Employee Recruitment
  • Employee Retention
  • Motivation
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Performance Management
  • Selection Practices
  • Staffing


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


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BUSMHR 4324 - Staffing: Concepts and Competencies for Acquiring Talent
Introduction to the scientific, legal, and administrative issues associated with the recruitment, hiring, and placement of individuals by organizations. Prereq: 2291 or 2292 (BusAdm 499.01); and 3200 (701), 4323 (653), and AcctMIS 2200 (211), 2300 (212), BusMgt 2320 (330), 2321 (331); or enrollment regional Business Management program. Not open to students with credit for 756.
BUSMHR 7311 - Staffing Organizations
The course will look at the entire talent life cycle including four major categories: Talent Acquisition, Performance Management, Talent Development, and Talent Planning.
BUSMHR 8611 - Professional Development
This is a PhD seminar on Professional Development designed to be taken over the regular 14-week sessions and made up of two parts, part one to be offered Autumn and part two during Spring semester; primarily for MHR PhD candidates. Prereq: Enrollment in the Fisher College of Business Ph.D program, or permission of instructor.
BUSMHR 8780 - Introduction to Micro Research Methods in Management
Introduction to research design and methodology as it relates to the study of micro organizational phenomena. Prereq: Enrollment in Fisher College of Business Ph.D program, or permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 3 cr hrs.