James S Phillips


James Phillips


Dr. Phillips joined the University of Houston in 1980. He served as Department Chairperson from 1999 until 2007 and from October, 2012 to May, 2015. He also served as the Director for the Bauer College's Ph.D. programs. Teaching interests are in the area of Human Resource Management with particular emphasis on human resource selection, training, and performance appraisal. Current research interests include leadership and moral decision making, perceptions of equity in the grievance/legal remedy-seeking behavior of third party observers, beliefs about punishment, and perceptions of the antecedents and consequences of discriminatory behavior in organizations.

Research Interests

  • Perceptions of leaders' transgressions
  • Apologies as trust restoration tactics
  • Leadership and moral decision making

Areas of Expertise

  • Selection and appraisal of employees

Selected Publications

  • Krylova, K.O., Elkins Longacre, T. & Phillips, J.S. (2018). Applicants with a tarnished past: Stealing thunder and overcoming prior wrongdoing. Journal of Business Ethics, 150, 793-802.
  • Krylova, K.O., Jolly, P.M., & Phillips, J.S. (2017). Followers' moral judgments and leaders' integrity-based transgressions: A synthesis of literatures. The Leadership Quarterly, 28, 195-209.
  • Jolly, P.M., Krylova, K.O., & Phillips, J.S. (2022). Leader intention, misconduct and damaged relational follower identity: A moral decision making perspective. The Leadership Quarterly, 33 (4), 101425.

Contact Info

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  • MANA 4355: Staffing and Selection
  • MANA 4330: Introduction to Strategic Human Resource Management


Ph.D. I/O Psychology
University of Akron