Connie R. Wanberg University of Minnesota

Connie Wanberg

Professor and Industrial Relations Faculty Excellence Chair
Department of Work and Organizations


  • BS 1988
    Psychology Moorhead State University
  • MS 1990
    Industrial/Organizational Psychology Iowa State University
  • PhD 1992
    Industrial/Organizational Psychology Iowa State University


  • Job Search and Unemployment
  • Leader Development
  • Talent Management
  • Career Success


Connie Wanberg is a Professor and Industrial Relations Faculty Excellence Chair in the Work and Organizations Department at the Carlson School of Management. In her role as an educator, she teaches classes involving human resources management, leadership, industrial/organizational psychology, and organizational behavior. In her role as a researcher, she is internationally known for her work on unemployment, job search, and careers. She is highly published in top tier refereed journals as well as numerous book chapters. Wanberg has presented at numerous conferences throughout the world and has served as guest faculty at the University of Amsterdam, Universite Jean Moulin in Lyon, France and the Fundacíon Ortega y Gasset in Toledo, Spain. She is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the American Psychological Association, and the Academy of Management. She has worked in several consulting roles for external organizations, and has also served in leadership positions at the University of Minnesota, including the chair of the HRIR department from 2006-2009 and 2018-2019 and as Associate Dean of the Carlson School of Management undergraduate program from 2011-2012.

Selected Works & Activities.

  • Journal Articles
    Van Hooft, E. A. J., Kammeyer-Mueller, J. D., Wanberg, C. R., Basbug, G. & Kanfer, R. (2021). Job search and employment success: A quantitative review and future research agenda. Journal of Applied Psychology
  • Journal Articles
    DeOrtentiis, P. S., Van Iddekinge, C. H., & Wanberg, C. R. (2021). Different starting lines, different finish times: The role of social class in the job search process. Journal of Applied Psychology.
  • Journal Articles
    Wanberg, C. R., Van Hooft, E., Dossinger, K., van Vianen, A., & Klehe, U. (2020). How strong is my safety net? Perceived unemployment insurance generosity and implications for job search, mental health, and reemployment. Journal of Applied Psychology
  • Journal Articles
    Wanberg, C. R., Ali, A. & Csillag, B. (2020). The process and experience of looking for a job. Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior.
  • Journal Articles
    Wanberg, C. R., Van Hooft, E. A. J., Liu, S., & Csillag, B. (2020). Can job seekers achieve more through networking? The role of networking intensity, self-efficacy, and proximal benefits. Personnel Psychology.
  • Journal Articles
    Wanberg, C.R., Csillag, B., Douglass, R.P., Zhou, L.., & Pollard, M.S. (2020). Socioeconomic status and well-being during COVID-19: A resource based examination. Journal of Applied Psychology, 105, 1282-1396.
  • Journal Articles
    COVID-19 and the Workplace: Implications, Issues, and Insights for Future Research and Action. American Psychologist 2020
  • Journal Articles
    Trzebiatowski, T. M.,Wanberg, C. R., & Dossinger, K. (2020). Unemployed needn’t apply: Unemployment status, legislation, and interview requests. Journal of Management
  • Journal Articles
    Wilmot, M. P., Wanberg, C. R., Kammeyer-Mueller, J. D., Ones, D. S. (2019). Extraversion advantages at work: A quantitative review and synthesis of the meta-analytic evidence. Journal of Applied Psychology.
  • Journal Articles
    Wang, M. & Wanberg, C.R. (2017). 100 years of applied psychology research on individual careers: From career management to retirement. Journal of Applied Psychology, 102, 546-563.
  • Journal Articles
    Ups and Downs of the expatriate experience? Understanding work adjustment trajectories and career outcomes with J. Zhu et al., Journal of Applied Psychology, 2016
  • Journal Articles
    Age and Reemployment Success after Job Loss: An Integrative Model and Meta-analysis with R. Kanfer, D. Hamman, and Z. Zhang in Psychological Bulletin, 2016
  • Journal Articles
    Support, Undermining, and Newcomer Socialization: Fitting in During the First 90 Days with J. Kammeyer-Mueller, C. Wanberg, A. Rubenstein, and Z. Song in Academy of Management Journal 2013
  • Journal Articles
    After the Pink Slip: Applying Dynamic Motivation Frameworks to the Unemployment Experience with J. Zhu, R. Kanfer, and Z. Zhang in Academy of Management Journal, 2012
  • Journal Articles
    Navigating the Black Hole: Explicating Layers of Job Search Context and Adaptational Responses. Personnel Psychology
  • Journal Articles
    "The Individual Experience of Unemployment" Annual Review of Psychology, 2012
  • Journal Articles
    "The Job-Search Grind: Perceived Progress, Self-Reactions, and Self-Regulation of Search Effort." with Zhu, J., & van Hooft, E., Academy of Management Journal, 53, 788-807. 2010. Winner of the 2011 Academy of Management Scholarly Achievement Award, HR Div
  • Journal Articles
    "Development of the 'Getting Ready for Your Next Job' inventory for unemployed individuals." with Zhang, Z., & Waldera, E., Personnel Psychology, 63, 439-478. 2010
  • Journal Articles
    "Job-Search Persistence During Unemployment: A Ten Wave Longitudinal Study," with Glomb, T., Song, Z., and Rosol, S., Journal of Applied Psychology, 2005.
  • Journal Articles
    "Psychological and Physical Well-Being During Unemployment: A Meta-Analytic Study," with McKee-Ryan, F., Song, Z., Kinicki, A., Journal of Applied Psychology, 2005
  • Journal Articles
    Turnover Processes in a Temporal Context: It’s about Time with J. Kammeyer-Mueller, T. Glomb, and D. Ahlburg in Journal of Applied Psychology, 2005
  • Journal Articles
    "Unwrapping the Organizational Entry Process: Disentangling Multiple Antecedents and their Pathways to Adjustment," with J. Kammeyer-Mueller, Journal of Applied Psychology, 2003
  • Journal Articles
    "Predictors and Outcomes of Proactivity in the Socialization Process," with J. Kammeyer-Mueller, Journal of Applied Psychology, 2000
  • Journal Articles
    "Mentoring: A Review and Directions for Future Research" with Welsh, L, & Hezlett, S., Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management, 2003
  • Journal Articles
    "Predictive Validity of a Multidisciplinary Model of Reemployment Success," with L. Hough and Z. Song, Journal of Applied Psychology, 2002
  • Journal Articles
    "Job Search and Employment: A Personality-Motivational Analysis and Meta-Analytic Review," with R. Kanfer & T. Kantrowitz, Journal of Applied Psychology, 2001.
  • Journal Articles
    "Predictors and Outcomes of Openness Toward Changes in a Reorganizing Workplace," with J. Banas, Journal of Applied Psychology, 2000
  • Journal Articles
    "Unemployed Individuals: Motives, Job-Search Competencies, and Job-Search Constraints as Predictors of Job Seeking and Reemployment," with R. Kanfer and M. Rotundo, Journal of Applied Psychology, 1999
  • Honors and Awards
    • Society for Industrial &Organizational Psychology Schmidt Hunter Meta-Analysis Award (2020)

    • Top 50 Undergraduate Professors Poets & Quants (2018)

    • Academy of Management International HRM Scholarly Research Award (2017)

    • Carlson School of Management Outstanding Research Award (2016)

    • Scholarly Achievement Award Academy of Management HR Division (2011)

    • Research Award: (2009)

    • Fellow, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (2007-present)

    • Curtis L. Carlson Professor of Human Resources and Industrial Relations (2002-2006) and Industrial Relations Faculty Excellence Chair (2006-present)

    • Herbie Award for Teaching Excellence, 2000

    • Among the most influential management scholars who received their degrees since 1991 (Aguinis et al., 2012, Scholarly Impact Revisited, Academy of Management Perspectives, 26(2), 105-132, doi:10.5465/amp.2011.0088)

    • 2000 Among top published women in the Journal of Applied Psychology and Personnel Psychology during the 1990s (Ones & Viswesvaran, 2000, The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, 37[4], see

  • Current Research

    Current projects underway include: 

    • The experiences and outcomes of trait incongruent work demands for individuals high in introversion
    • The relationship and mechanisms involved in attractiveness and career success
    • The relationship and mechanisms involved in SES and career success outcomes
    • Examinations of upward mobility and reemployment improvement after job loss


  • Editorial Appointments

    Editorial Board, Journal of Applied Psychology (previous)

    Editorial Board, Academy of Management Journal (active)

  • Research Grants

    National Science Foundation grant in conjunction with NWO (Netherlands) and DFG (Germany)

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