David M. Sluss, Ph.D. scholarly works and educational pursuits focus on how high potential professionals become agile, adaptive, & analytical leaders through creating personalized and productive work relationships. He builds on his academic research on relational identity and identification (Sluss & Ashforth, 2007, Academy of Management Review). He focuses on ‘new leader’ development, leader transitions, and how leaders build resilience in the face of adversity. He takes a diagnostic and behavioral approach to facilitating leadership development.
His research on relational identity and identification has explored processes across different contexts: telemarketing newcomers, technical professionals, contingent workers, and nomadic professionals. He has published research in the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Vocational Behavior, and Organization Science. He is currently serving on the editorial boards for Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of Business & Psychology, and Organizational Psychology Review (where he was previously a founding Associate Editor). He has also served as Special Issue Associate Editor for Academy of Management Review.
He works with organizations throughout the U.S., Latin America, and Europe. Fluent in Spanish, he has worked in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Colombia. A partial list includes: Abbott Laboratories (U.S. and Puerto Rico), Argos (Colombia), Baxter Pharmaceuticals (Belgium), Cisco Systems, Clorox, Coca-Cola, Google, IBM (U.S. & Ireland), McKesson, Rohlig (Germany), SCTE, Simpson Industries (Mexico), OSCE, A1 (Austria), and Verbund (Austria).
Prior to his doctoral studies, he was Vice President and Partner at PathWise (a boutique management training consultancy). He designed and facilitated "real-life" application workshops on topics such as leadership, performance coaching, problem solving/decision making, and project management for clients within the technology and pharmaceutical sectors.
- 2006 : Doctor of Philosophy, Business Administration (Arizona State University, United States of America)
- 1997 : Master of Organizational Behavior (Brigham Young University, United States of America)
- 1995 : Bachelor of Science, Psychology (Virginia Tech, United States of America)
- 2021 - Present : Professor of Management (ESSEC Business School, France)
- 2013 - 2021 : Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior (Georgia Institute of Technology, United States of America)
- 2010 - 2013 : Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior (Georgia Institute of Technology, United States of America)
- 2006 - 2010 : Assistant Professor of Management (Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina, United States of America)
Full-time academic appointments
- 2016 : Finalist for 2015 Best Paper Award in Academy of Management Review
- 2005 : State Farm Dissertation Grant
- SLUSS, D., COOPER, D., MORRELL, D. and THOMPSON, B. (2022). It's not all just tit-for-tat: the impact of relational identification on subordinate's attitudes and interpersonal citizenship behavior. Journal of Management & Organization, In press.
- SLUSS, D. (2020). Becoming a More Patient Leader. Harvard Business Review.
- SLUSS, D. (2020). Stepping into a leadership role? Be ready to tell your story. Harvard Business Review.
- SLUSS, D. and POWLEY, E. (2020). Build your team’s resilience – From home. Harvard Business Review.
- HEAPHY, E.D., BYRON, K., BALLINGER, G.A., GITTELL, J.H., LEANA, C. and SLUSS, D. (2018). Introduction to Special Topic Forum: The Changing Nature of Work Relationships. Academy of Management Review, 43(4), pp. 558-569.
- LEAVITT, K. and SLUSS, D. (2015). Lying for Who We Are: An Identity-Based Model of Workplace Dishonesty. Academy of Management Review, 40(4), pp. 587-610.
- SLUSS, D., ASHFORTH, B.E. and GIBSON, K.R. (2012). The search for meaning in (new) work: Task significance and newcomer plasticity. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 81(2), pp. 199-208.
- SLUSS, D. and THOMPSON, B.S. (2012). Socializing the newcomer: The mediating role of leader–member exchange. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 119(1), pp. 114-125.
- SLUSS, D., PLOYHART, R.E., COBB, M.G. and ASHFORTH, B.E. (2012). Generalizing Newcomers' Relational and Organizational Identifications: Processes and Prototypicality. Academy of Management Journal, 55(4), pp. 949-975.
- HARRISON, S.H., SLUSS, D. and ASHFORTH, B.E. (2011). Curiosity adapted the cat: The role of trait curiosity in newcomer adaptation. Journal of Applied Psychology, 96(1), pp. 211-220.
- SLUSS, D. and ASHFORTH, B.E. (2008). How Relational and Organizational Identification Converge: Processes and Conditions. Organization Science, 19(6), pp. 807-823.
- SLUSS, D., KLIMCHAK, M. and HOLMES, J.J. (2008). Perceived organizational support as a mediator between relational exchange and organizational identification. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 73(3), pp. 457-464.
- ASHFORTH, B.E., SLUSS, D. and SAKS, A.M. (2007). Socialization tactics, proactive behavior, and newcomer learning: Integrating socialization models. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 70(3), pp. 447-462.
- SLUSS, D. and ASHFORTH, B. (2007). Relational Identity and Identification: Defining Ourselves Through Work Relationships. Academy of Management Review, 32(1), pp. 9-32.
- KREINER, G.E., ASHFORTH, B.E. and SLUSS, D. (2006). Identity Dynamics in Occupational Dirty Work: Integrating Social Identity and System Justification Perspectives. Organization Science, 17(5), pp. 619-636.