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Alexander D. Stajkovic

Alex Stajkovic
Associate Professor | Management and Human Resources
M. Keith Weikel Distinguished Chair in Leadership
4102 Grainger Hall


Alex is M. Keith Weikel Distinguished Chair in Leadership at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin School of Business. He was a visiting scholar at Stanford University in the psychology department, 2007-2008. Alex’s recent paper on female leadership advantage during the COVID-10 crisis received a Responsible Research Finalist Award from Academy of Management in 2021. He also received a Gaumnitz Distinguished Research Award in 2007 (UW-Madison, WSB), a Mabel Chipman Excellence in Teaching Award in 2005 (UW-Madison, WSB) and an Excellence in Teaching Award in 1998 (UC-Irvine, GSM).

Alex’s research focuses on Leadership and Organizational Behavior, and it has been published in premier psychology and Management journals such as Psychological Bulletin, Journal of Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Journal, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management, and Journal of Organizational Behavior. This research generated over 12,000 citations.

Alex has served on the Editorial Boards of Journal of Applied Psychology (contributing editor), Academy of Management Journal, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, South African Journal of Human Resource Management, and Organizational Dynamics, and is also a member of the Advisory Council of Harvard Business Review.

Alex received his PhD (OB) and MA (Management) degrees from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a BSc in Economics from University of Belgrade (Serbia). He teaches in the WSB Executive and Professional MBA programs, has conducted executive education seminars globally (e.g., Australia, Chile, China, Germany, Korea, Singapore, South African Republic), and has presented at over 100 professional conferences.


Selected Published Journal Articles

Stajkovic, A. & Stajkovic, K. & Greenwald, J. (2022). The Money Priming Debate Revisited: A Review, Meta-Analysis, and Extension to Organizations

Sergent, K. & Stajkovic, A. (2020). Women’s leadership is associated with fewer deaths during the COVID-19 crisis: Quantitative and qualitative analyses of United States governors Journal of Applied Psychology

Stajkovic, A. (2019). Cognitive Automation and Organizational Psychology: Goal Priming as a New Source of Competitive Advantage Routledge

Stajkovic, A. & Bandura, A. & Locke, E. & Lee, D. & Sergent, K. (2018). Test of Three Conceptual Models of Influence of the Big Five Personality Traits and Self-Efficacy on Academic Performance: A Meta-Analytic Path-Analysis Personality and Individual Differences

Latham, G. & Stajkovic, A. & Locke, E. (2010). Relevance and viability of subconscious goals in the workplace Journal of Management

Stajkovic, A. & Lee, D. & Nyberg, A. (2009). Collective efficacy, group potency, and group performance: Meta-analyses of their relationships, and test of a mediation model Journal of Applied Psychology

Stajkovic, A. (2006). Development of a core confidence higher-order construct Journal of Applied Psychology

Stajkovic, A. & Locke, E. & Blair, E. (2006). A first examination of the relationships between primed subconscious goals, assigned conscious goals, and task performance Journal of Applied Psychology

Stajkovic, A. & Luthans, F. (2003). Behavioral management and task performance in organizations: Conceptual background, meta-analysis, and test of alternative models Personnel Psychology

Stajkovic, A. & Luthans, F. (2001). Differential effects of incentive motivators on work performance Academy of Management Journal

Stajkovic, A. (1999). Fitting parametric fixed effect categorical models to effect sizes: A neglected meta-analytic approach in organizational studies Organizational Research Methods

Stajkovic, A. & Luthans, F. (1998). Self-efficacy and work-related performance: A meta-analysis Psychological Bulletin

Stajkovic, A. & Luthans, F. (1997). A meta-analysis of the effects of organizational behavior modification on task performance, 1975-95 Academy of Management Journal

Practitioner-Oriented Publications

Stajkovic, A. & Stajkovic, K. (2021). Meta-Analysis as a Business Research Method Oxford Encyclopedia of Business and Management

Stajkovic, A. & Sergent, K. (2019). Social Cognitive Theory Oxford Classics in Management


Graduate Courses

Doctoral Seminar in Organizational Behavior (MHR/MHR 872), Fall 2019.

Managing Behavior in Organizations (MHR 704), Fall 2021.
Examines the effective management of behavior in organizations. Focuses on the application of theories of leadership and work motivation. Includes critical conceptual and analytical assessment of these theories. Emphasizes the management of work performance, managerial skill building, and enabling followers.

Organizational Behavior (MHR 700), Fall 2021.
Employee work attitudes and behaviors in organizations. Analysis of how individual, group and organizational characteristics influence employee attitudes, such as satisfaction and alienation, and employee behaviors, such as participation and performance. How managerial policies and practices such as reward systems and leadership influence work attitudes and behaviors. Enroll Info: None

Learning/Teaching Oriented Publications

Stajkovic, A. & Stajkovic, K. Women’s Leadership Quotes

Stajkovic, A. & Sergent, K. Management and Leadership