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Dr. Laura Parks

Laura Parks

Assistant Professor of Management 

Office:  510 Zane Showker Hall
Phone:  (540) 568-5171
E-mail: parksll@jmu.edu
Mailing address: JMU, College of Business, MSC 0205, Harrisonburg, VA 22807


Ph.D. - The University of Iowa - Business Administration
M.I.B.S. - The University of South Carolina - International Business
B.A. - Florida State University - French; Minor in International Affairs
A.A. - St. Petersburg Junior College

Professional Interests:
My primary research interest is in understanding how individual differences, such as personality and values, impact a variety of workplace outcomes.  That is, my research focuses on understanding how an employee's personality or values impacts his/her motivation, performance, citizenship behaviors, deviant behaviors, decision-making, etc.  I also study measurement issues relevant to the measurement of individual values.

Current Courses Taught: 
COB300A Integrated Functional Systems - Management
MGT 365 Human Resource Management
MGT 460 Employment Law
MGT 468 Staffing

Key Publications
Parks, L. & Guay, R. (2009). Personality, Values, and Motivation. Personality and Individual Differences, 47, 675-684.

Barrick, M.R., Parks, L., & Mount, M. K. (2005). Self-Monitoring as a Moderator of the Relationships Between Personality and Performance.  Personnel Psychology, 58, 745-767.

Rynes, S. L., Gerhart, B., & Parks, L. (2005). Personnel Psychology: Performance Evaluation and Pay for Performance.  Annual Review of Psychology, 56, 571-600. 

Rutherford, M., Parks, L., Cavazos, D., & White, C.D. (2012). Business Ethics as a required course: Investigating the factors impacting the decision to require Ethics in the undergraduate business core curriculum. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 11: 174-186.

 Parks, L. & Guay, R. (2012). Can Personal Values Predict Performance? Evidence in an Academic Setting.  Applied Psychology: An International Review.  61: 149-173.

Professional Experience:
Director of MBA Admissions.  University of Florida. 1998-2001.
Assistant Director of MBA Admissions.  University of Florida. 1998.
Assistant Director, Evening MBA Program.  University of California, Berkeley. 1995-1998.

Positions Held: 
Dr. Parks is the faculty advisor for the JMU chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).