J. Bret Becton, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Academic and Professional Interests

Employee recruitment and selection, employee turnover, organizational citizenship behavior, and counterproductive work behavior.

Professional Honors and Achievements

Dr. Becton has published in a number of journals including:  Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Organizational Behavior, International Journal of Selection and Assessment, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Employee Relations, Journal for Quality and Participation, and Public Personnel Management. 

Dr. Becton has also served as a consultant for numerous clients including private and public sector organizations such as the Jackson County Utility Authority, Alagasco, Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, Johnson Controls World Services Inc., Mississippi Valley Gas Company, Newsprint South Inc., Smith and Nephew, and Southern Natural Gas Company in the areas of compensation, employee selection, employee training, organizational assessment, and performance management.

Selected Research:

Becton, J.B., Walker, H.J., & Jones-Farmer, A.  (Forthcoming). Generational Differences in Workplace Behaviors.  Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

Frankforter, S.A., Becton, J.B., Stanwick, P.A., & Coleman, C. (forthcoming).  Backdated stock options and boards of directors: An examination of committees, structure, and process. Corporate Governance: An International Review.

Becton, J.B. & Matthews, M.C. (2012).  Biodata as a Predictor of Errors, Tardiness, Policy Violations, Overall Job Performance, and Turnover among U.S. Nurses.  Journal of Management & Organization, 18,714-727.

Walker, H.J., Feild, H.S., Bernerth, J. & Becton, J.B.  (2012). Personality and Applicant Web Behavior on Recruiting Web Sites.  Journal of Applied Psychology, 97, 214-224.

Becton, J.B., Carr, J., & Judge, T.A. (2011).  Is the Past Prologue for Some More than Others?: The Hobo Syndrome and Job Complexity.  Journal of Vocational Behavior, 79, 448-460.

Becton, J.B. & Feild, H.S.  (2009). Cultural Differences in Organizational Citizenship Behaviors: A Comparison of Chinese and American Workers.  International Journal of Human Resource Management, 20, 792-810.

Becton, J.B., Matthews, M.C., Hartley, D.L., & Whitaker, D.H.  (2009). Using Biodata to Predict Turnover, Organizational Commitment, & Job Performance in the Healthcare Industry.  International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 17, 189-202.

Becton, J.B., Feild, H.S., Giles, W.F., & Jones-Farmer, A. (2008). Racial Differences in Promotion Candidate Performance and Reactions to Selection Procedures:  A Field Study in a Diverse Top-Management Context.  Journal of Organizational Behavior, 29, 265-286.