Benjamin Stafford

PhD Student
Work & Organizations Department


  • Master of Arts
    Public Policy and Management The Ohio State University John Glenn School of Public Affairs

  • Master of Labor and Human Resources
    MLHR The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

  • B.S.
    Business Administration- specialization: Management and Human Resources The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business


  • Research interests: conceptual issues related to work teams, organizational and team leadership, and social networks within organizations. Applied: HR practices, public policy and business, public utilities

Benjamin is a Research Assistant and Ph.D. Student within the Department of Work and Organizations.  His research interests include leadership, status and power, teams, and social networks in organizations.

Prior to joining the Carlson School of Management, Benjamin worked in a variety of roles in government, including over five years in strategic human capital management and labor relations, and three years in economic regulation of energy and electricity, and policy related to public utilities.  

Favorite quotes:

A man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes.
- Mahatma Gandi

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.
-Albert Eistein (also attributed to Yogi Berra)

Blog about the world of work: sine.over.cosine.

Twitter @BenjArtStafford





Selected Works

  • Ellingson, J.E., Stafford, B.A., & LeBreton, J.A. (2012) Recruiter Consensus when Judging Applicant Résumé Content.
  • Master Thesis: Recruiter Consensus in Judging Applicant Résumé Content. Jill Ellingson, PhD (Committee Chair); Venkat Bendapudi, Phd (Committee Member) May 2009.
  • Smart Research, Smart Workforce, Smart Grid. 2012 University Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio Annual Conference. Moderator/Organizer for Panel Discussion. (April 2-3, 2012).
  • Smart Grid and the Business of Electricity. Guest lecturer, The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business: Introduction to Sustainability in Business- Applications & Solutions. (January 2012).
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  • Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce. 2009 State of Ohio Training Association Annual Conference. (May 2009).
  • Curriculum advisorand instructor for State of Ohio Department of Administrative Services' Professional Administrative Support Services Program (2008/2009). Program was awarded 2004 "Program of the Year" by the National Association of Government Training and Development

Current Activities

Current Research

  • Research Assistant- Pri Shah, Associate Professor, Carlson School of Management
  • Social Hierarchical Pathways: How the paths through and between social status and social power affect the behavioral strategies of powerful individuals
  • The social side of electrons: how the organizing principles of stakeholder coordination affect policy innovation in renewable energy
  • Working paper: Ellingson, J.E., Stafford, B.A., & LeBreton, J.A. (2012) Recruiter Consensus when Judging Applicant Résumé Content.
  • Individual Differences and Leadership Behaviors Over Time: the dynamisms of leadership in work teams

Research Grants

  • Research Assistant- Elizabeth Wilson, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota - National Science Foundation Grant | Collaborative Research: Planning for Renewables: Regional Transmission Organizations Managing Tension and Networking Innovation