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Connie Wanberg

Professor and Industrial Relations Faculty Excellence Chair; Chair, Department of Work and Organizations
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 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, and serves as an editorial board member for Academy of Management Journal and Journal of Applied Psychology. 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 and the American Psychological Association. 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 to 2009 and as Associate Dean of the Carlson School of Management undergraduate program from 2011 to 2012.

Selected Works

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.
Ups and Downs of the expatriate experience? Understanding work adjustment trajectories and career outcomes with J. Zhu et al., Journal of Applied Psychology, 2016
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
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
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
Navigating the Black Hole: Explicating Layers of Job Search Context and Adaptational Responses. Personnel Psychology
"The Individual Experience of Unemployment" Annual Review of Psychology, 2012
"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 Division
"Development of the 'Getting Ready for Your Next Job' inventory for unemployed individuals." with Zhang, Z., & Waldera, E., Personnel Psychology, 63, 439-478. 2010
"Job-Search Persistence During Unemployment: A Ten Wave Longitudinal Study," with Glomb, T., Song, Z., and Rosol, S., Journal of Applied Psychology, 2005.
"Psychological and Physical Well-Being During Unemployment: A Meta-Analytic Study," with McKee-Ryan, F., Song, Z., Kinicki, A., Journal of Applied Psychology, 2005
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
"Unwrapping the Organizational Entry Process: Disentangling Multiple Antecedents and their Pathways to Adjustment," with J. Kammeyer-Mueller, Journal of Applied Psychology, 2003
"Predictors and Outcomes of Proactivity in the Socialization Process," with J. Kammeyer-Mueller, Journal of Applied Psychology, 2000
"Mentoring: A Review and Directions for Future Research" with Welsh, L, & Hezlett, S., Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management, 2003
"Predictive Validity of a Multidisciplinary Model of Reemployment Success," with L. Hough and Z. Song, Journal of Applied Psychology, 2002
"Job Search and Employment: A Personality-Motivational Analysis and Meta-Analytic Review," with R. Kanfer & T. Kantrowitz, Journal of Applied Psychology, 2001.
"Predictors and Outcomes of Openness Toward Changes in a Reorganizing Workplace," with J. Banas, Journal of Applied Psychology, 2000
"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

Current Activities

Editorial Appointments

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Applied Psychology

    Editorial Board, Academy of Management Journal

Honors and Awards

    • 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: TheLadders.com (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 http://www.siop.org/tip/backissues/TipApril00/3Ones.aspx)

Research Grants

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