|Department:||Department of Management
Darla Moore School of Business
|Resources:||Curriculum Vitae [pdf]|
Nichelle C. Carpenter is an assistant professor in the Department of Management at the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. She received her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Texas A&M University. Carpenter's research focuses on employee workplace behaviors: counterproductivity, withdrawal and citizenship, with emphasis on improving the measurement of employee and leader performance. Her work has been published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management, Academy of Management Annals and Organizational Research Methods. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Psychology, Psychological Bulletin and Journal of Organizational Behavior.
What courses do you teach?
Why should a student take your class? How does your class help students become employable?
My goal is that students leave class with not only an in-depth knowledge of evidence-supported practices (the “why”), but also an understanding of how the practices have been and can be applied in organizations (the “how”).
What do you research/what kind of projects are you working on?
In general, my research combines research methods with human resources. For example, I focus on how choices we make in measuring performance might impact the subsequent understanding of the predictors and consequences of performance.
How do your research and projects make a difference?
My research shows that we (researchers and practitioners) have to pay attention to how we measure performance because it can impact the conclusions we make about employees and their success. My work shows that we can take simple steps to ensure we are measuring what we think we are measuring.
Briefly describe a few of your current projects.
One current project focuses on a more dynamic and event-based understanding of employee behaviors. For example, how do employees respond to receiving feedback from a co-worker or supervisor? Rather than asking employees and supervisors to report on their behaviors over the past few months, this project tracks employee daily behavior (and events) to determine more dynamic patterns of behaviors.
How do you involve students in your projects?
I enjoy collaborating with students at various stages in their education. I provide guidance to not only students who have leadership positions on projects, but also those who are assisting me.
What inspires you about your work?
I’m always excited to find new ways to solve important workplace problems.
What are you doing when you’re not working?
If I’m not trying something new, I’m traveling to visit family or friends, listening to music (e.g., Prince) or podcasts, or dancing.