Eric Michel

Assistant Professor




  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, IL, Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior
  • Chicago Metropolitan Exchange Scholar, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
  • M.B.A., Bradley University, Peoria, IL, Management
  • B.A., Bradley University, Peoria, IL, Political Science and International Studies


Eric J. Michel (last name pronounced "Michelle") is an assistant professor of Management in the Department of Management at NIU. He earned his Ph.D. in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2019. While pursuing his doctorate, Professor Michel was a Chicago Metropolitan Exchange Scholar at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. A two-time graduate of Bradley University in Peoria, IL, he earned a B.A. in 2004 (double major in Political Science and International Studies) and an MBA in 2007.

Professor Michel’s research program explores the mechanisms that contribute to positive experiences at work. Specifically, he conducts research on topics in both organizational behavior (e.g., leadership, predictors of career success) and human resource management (e.g., work engagement, the employee-organization relationship). He has a particular interest and expertise in frontline service environments, as he has researched the work experiences of registered nurses, business consultants, and management teams of a national restaurant chain.

Professor Michel’s research has appeared or been accepted for publication in the Journal of Management, Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, Journal of Business Strategies, and Journal of Psychology, among other academic outlets. To date, his research program has generated in excess of $120,000 in research grant funding from organizations including the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation and the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership and received numerous "Best Paper" awards from organizations including the Academy of Management, Southern Management Association, and the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion International Conference. Professor Michel possesses expertise in the areas of employee engagement, servant leadership, and the strategic implications of organizational culture and has served as a consultant for numerous small- and medium-sized organizations.

Teaching Areas

  • Human Resource Management
  • Negotiations

Selected Publications

Hoobler, J. M., Masterson, C. R., Nkomo, S., and Michel, E. J. (2018). The business case for women leaders: Meta-analysis, research critique, and path forward. Journal of Management, 44(6): 2473-2499. doi:10.1177/0149206316628643

Lemmon, G., Westring, A., Michel, E. J., Wilson, M., and Glibkowski, B. C. (2016). A cross-domain exploration of performance benefits and costs of idiosyncratic deals. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 23(4): 440-455.

Good, D., and Michel, E. J. (2013). Individual ambidexterity: Exploring and exploiting in dynamic contexts. Journal of Psychology, 147(5), 435-453.

Weinzimmer, L. G., Robin, J., and Michel, E. J. (2012). The measurement of strategic orientation and its efficacy in predicting financial performance. Journal of Business Strategies, 29(2), 81-98.

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