Dave Sullivan

Assistant Professor


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Dave Sullivan is an Assistant Professor in the Management and Leadership Department at the University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business. He received his Ph.D. in Management from the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. His research investigates the social, psychological, and cognitive aspects of human resource management processes including performance management, fit and misfit during the job search. His research also explores the impact of gender bias on entrepreneurial activity as well as social evaluation processes associated with CEOs. His work has been published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, and Small Business Economics.

Dave enjoys spending time with his amazing wife and son as well as their Aussie-Golden Doodle. He is an avid college sports fan (Go Coogs!) and he loves getting outdoors to go hiking, camping, and strongly believes in the beauty of nature.

For more information about my research: Dave Sullivan's CV

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Research Interests

  • Job Search Processes
  • Fit & Misfit
  • Performance Management
  • Gender Bias

Selected Publications

  • Bort, J. M., Meoli, A., & Sullivan, D. W. (In press). Financing A Free-for-All: Crowdfunding Open-Source Software. Small Business Economics. Advanced online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-023-00867-y
  • Schleicher, D. J., Baumann, H. M., Sullivan, D. W., & Yim, J. (2019). Evaluating the effectiveness of performance management: A 30-year integrative conceptual review. Journal of Applied Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1037/apl0000368
  • Schleicher, D. J., Baumann, H. M., Sullivan, D. W., Levy, P. E., Hargrove, D. C., & Barros-Rivera, B. A. (2018). Putting the system into performance management systems: A review and agenda for performance management research. Journal of Management. https://doi.org/10.1177/0149206318755303

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  • MANA 4338 - Performance Management Systems


Ph.D., Management, Texas A&M University
M.S., Management, University of Florida
M.S., Higher Education Administration, Florida State University
B.A., Organizational Leadership, University of Cincinnati