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J. Becton

Dr. J. Becton



Dr. J. Bret Becton, PhD, became Dean and Professor of Management at The University of Southern Mississippi's College of Business & Economic Development in July 2019. Prior, he served as Dean and Professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration (2017-2019). He also held roles as Associate Dean and Assistant & Associate Professor of Management at the University of Southern Mississippi (2008-2017), and Assistant Professor of Management at Winthrop University (2005-2008).

Before his academic career, Dr. Becton spent over a decade as a management consultant, specializing in human resources and organizational change. His consulting expertise includes expert witness testimony, job analysis, employment testing, compensation and benefits analysis, training and leadership development, and organizational assessments.

  • Management with dual emphasis in HRM & Organizational Change (PHD) - Auburn University (2005)
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychology (MA) - University of Tulsa (1993)
  • Psychology (BS) - University of Southern Mississippi (1991)

Over his career, Dr. Becton has taught a variety of classes including management, leadership, staffing and development, human resource management, labor relations, compensation, and organizational behavior.

  • Social Media Snooping on Job Applicants: The Effects of Unprofessional Social Media Information on Recruiter Perceptions, Personnel Review, 2019
  • Preventing and correcting workplace harassment: Guidelines for employers, Business Horizons, 2017
  • Is What You See What You Get? Investigating The Relationship Between Social Media Content and Counterproductive Work Behaviors, Alcohol Consumption, And Episodic Heavy Drinking, International Journal of Human Resource Management, 2017
  • Differential Effects of Task Performance, Organizational Citizenship Behavior, and Job Complexity on Voluntary Turnover, Journal Of Business And Psychology, 2016
  • Generational Differences in Workplace Behaviors., Journal Of Applied Social Psychology, 2014
  • Personality and Applicant Web Behavior on Recruiting Web Sites, Journal Of Applied Psychology, 2012
  • Backdated stock options and boards of directors: An examination of committees, structure, and process, Corporate Governance, 2012
  • Is the Past Prologue for Some More than Others?: The Hobo Syndrome and Job Complexity, Journal Of Vocational Behavior, 2011
  • Cultural Differences in Organizational Citizenship Behaviors: A Comparison of Chinese and American Workers, International Journal Of Human Resource Management, 2009
  • Racial Differences in Promotion Candidate Performance and Reactions to Selection Procedures: A Field Study in a Diverse Top-Management Context, Journal Of Organizational Behavior, 2008
  • Academy of Management

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Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, Organizational Change, and Employee Turnover.