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Jacob Breland

Dr. Jacob Breland

Associate Professor


Jacob W. Breland, Ph.D., SPHR, is an Associate Professor of Management where he specializes in human resource (HR) and organizational behavior (OB) management. His teaching assignments include both undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of talent management and behaviors in the workplace. His research interests include organizational politics and power, organizational fit, and social networks, and his work has been published in such peer-reviewed outlets as Journal of Management, Journal of Managerial Psychology, Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, and Career Development International and presented at Academy of Management and Southern Management Association conferences.

  • Human Resources & Organizational Behavior (PHD) - University of Mississippi (2008)
  • Management (MBA) - University of Southern Mississippi (2004)
  • BS - University of Southern Mississippi (2003)

Undergraduate Courses:
MGT 300: Management for Organizations (in-person & online)
MGT 364: Human Resource Management
MGT 392: Supervised Field Experience in Management
MGT 454: Organizational Behavior and Leadership
MGT 492H: Special Problems in Management
HON 411: Honors Directed Study

Graduate Courses:
MGT 600: Organizational Behavior and Leadership (in-person, IVN, & online)
MGT 640: Advanced Human Resource Management

  • The effect of applicant political skill on the race dissimilarity-recruiter recommendations relationship, Human Resource Management Journal, 2017
  • Informal leadership status and individual performance: The roles of political skill and political will, Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 2016
  • Political skill and the job performance of bullies, Journal Of Managerial Psychology, 2013
  • Political skill, relational control, and the relational self in the process of relational leadership, Advancing Leadership Theory: A Conversation Among Perspectives: Leadership Horizon Series, 2013
  • Social influence and interpersonal power in organizations: Roles of performance and political skill in two studies, Journal Of Management, 2013
  • Influence and promotability: the importance of female political skill, Journal Of Managerial Psychology, 2011
  • The interactive effects of political skill and future time perspective on career and community network behavior, Social Networks, 2010
  • The interactive effect of leader-member exchange and political skill on subjective career success, Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 2007
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Areas of Expertise

Human Resources, Organizational Behavior, Talent Management, Workplace Civility, Bullying, Sexual Harassment, Performance, Turnover