Denise Potosky

Professor of Management and Organization, Management
Main Building, 200 C

Denise Potosky, Ph.D., teaches graduate courses in global management, human resources, people analytics, and leadership communication, and has also served as a thesis advisor and as a jurist on doctoral and faculty habilitation committees. Her research advances theory and offers applications and strategies in the practice of human resource management, organizational and cross-cultural communication, and industrial and organizational psychology. Her research expertise includes methods, tools, and analyses in personnel selection and assessment, intercultural adjustment and competency development, and leading change. As a Fulbright laureate and an international scholar, she has led numerous research seminars for faculty and doctoral students at several institutions. Her work has been published in several leading journals, including the Academy of Management Review, Personnel Psychology, and Human Resource Management Review, and she serves on editorial and review boards for Human Resource Management Review, the Journal of Applied Psychology, and the Revue de Gestion des Ressources Humaines.


  • Penn State Great Valley Diversity Action Council 2022 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Recognition
  • Penn State Great Valley 2021-2022 Excellence in Faculty Service Award
  • 2022, 2021, and 2020 Excellence in Reviewing Award from Human Resource Management Review
  • 2016 Online MBA Outstanding Faculty Member Award, Penn State World Campus IMBA
  • 2012 & 2006 Excellence in Teaching Award, Penn State Great Valley
  • 2011 Fulbright Research Scholar, U.S. Department of State, Alsace Regional Award
  • 2009 Arthur L. Glenn Award for Faculty Innovation in Research and Teaching, Penn State Great Valley

Selected Publications

Potosky, D., & Azan, W. (2022). Leadership behaviors and human agency in the valley of despair: A meta-framework for organizational change implementation. Human Resource Management Review.

Potosky, D., Sosik, J.J., Eté, Z., & Zhu, W. (in press, 2022). Virtuous and Vicious Possible Selves: The Pinwheel Model of Leader Character, in R. Riggio & T. Newstead (Eds.), Virtues & Leadership: Understanding and Practicing Good Leadership, NY: Taylor & Francis/Routledge, Leadership Research and Practice Book Series. ISBN 9781032080895

Potosky, D., Godé, C., & Lebraty, J.F. (2021). A Team Feedback Process Model for Coordinating Action: Prevalent Practices and Relevant Sources. Group and Organization Management.

Jiraporn, P., Potosky & Lee, S. (2019). Corporate governance and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender-supportive human resource policies from corporate social responsibility, resource-based, and agency perspectives. Human Resource Management, 58, 317–336. 

Klein, H. & Potosky, D. (2019). Making a Conceptual Contribution in Human Resource Management Review. Human Resource Management Review, 29, 299-304.

Morelli, N., Potosky, D., Arthur, Jr., W., Tippins, N. (2017). A call for conceptual models of technology in I-O psychology: An example from technology-based talent assessment. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 10(4), 634–653. https://doi:10.1017/iop.2017.70

Potosky, D. (2016). A Framework and Typology of Adjustment Responses to Extra-cultural Disorientation Experienced during Intercultural Assignments. Human Resource Management Review, 26, 227-41. https://doi:10.1016/j.hrmr.2016.01.003 
Potosky, D. (2010). Goal Orientation, Learning Self-efficacy, and Climate Perceptions in a Post-acquisition Corporate Context. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 21, 273-89. https://doi:10.1002/hrdq.20047 

Potosky, D. (2008). A Conceptual Framework for the Role of the Administration Medium in the Personnel Assessment Process. Academy of Management Review 33, 629-48. https://doi:10.5465/amr.2008.32465704  

Potosky, D., Bobko, P., & Roth, P. L. (2005). Forming Composites of Cognitive Ability and Alternative Measures to Predict Job Performance and Reduce Adverse Impact: Corrected Estimates and Realistic Expectations. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 13, 304-315. https://doi:10.1111/j.1468-2389.2005.00327.x 


  • B.A., Penn State University
  • M.A., University of Delaware
  • Ph.D., Rutgers University