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Bob Eisenberger

Bob Eisenberger

Robert Eisenberger is a professor in the Psychology Department and of Management in the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. His organizational support theory with its central concept of perceived organizational support is one the most frequently cited views of employee-organization relationships, leading to over 700 scholarly studies and 600,000 references on the Internet. His paper introducing the underlying concept was the most cited article in organizational behavior during the last studied five-year period. His book reviewing this research is to be published by American Psychological Association Books.

Dr. Eisenberger is the author of 70 publications on motivation and organizational behavior that have appeared in such journals as the Psychological Review, Psychological Bulletin, American Psychologist, Journal of Applied Psychology, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. His researches on perceived organizational support and creativity have been focal topics of symposia at the annual meetings of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology, and the Academy of Management. Dr. Eisenberger’s research was recognized with the Psi Chi Distinguished Lectureship, and he is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, Divisions 1, 6, 14, and 25 of the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Experimental Social Psychology. Two special reports focusing on his research were carried nationally on National Public Radio, and reports on his research have appeared in the American Psychological Association Monitor, Encylopaedia Britannica Science and the Future Yearbook, Science News, Report on Educational Research, and School Board Notes. Dr. Eisenberger’s research has been supported by grants from the Army Research Institute for the Social and Behavioral Sciences, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Park Service.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Personality, Individual Differences

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Courses Taught:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Creativity
  • Employee Motivation
  • Industrial Psychology
  • Introductory Social Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior

Bob Eisenberger
Department of Psychology
126 Heyne Building
University of Houston
Houston, Texas 77204
United States

  • Work: (713) 743-3519
  • Mobile: (302) 353-8151

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