Bob Bretz

Professor Emeritus

Bob  Bretz

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Endowed Position

Joe and Jane Giovanini Professor of Management


Bob Bretz is the Joe and Jane Giovanini Professor of Management. He is best known for his research on the job search and choice process and issues related to career success. Reflecting his focus on the person rather than the organization, his published work appears mostly in the Journal of Applied Psychology and Personnel Psychology and has received awards from both the Careers Division and the Human Resources Division of the Academy of Management. His article, “Job Search Behavior of Employed Managers” was the recipient of the Academy of Management HR Division’s Scholarly Achievement Award for 1995. Bretz is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association for Psychological Science (APS), and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). After joining the Notre Dame faculty in 1997, Professor Bretz served four consecutive terms (1998 – 2009) as the Chair of the Management Department. He is a Faculty Fellow of Notre Dame's Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning and has received Outstanding Professor awards from Notre Dame’s MBA and MNA Programs, as well as the Notre Dame Presidential Award for exceptional service to the University.

Areas of Expertise

Work Psychology

Values Based Leadership

Job Applicant and Employee Decision Processes


Ph D, University of Kansas

MBA, University of Kansas

BA, Bethany College


Directed Study in Advanced Leadership

Value Based Management

Values Based Leadership


"Gender, mentoring and career success: The importance of organizational context.", (with A. Ramaswami, G.F. Dreher, C. Wiethoff), Personnel Psychology, 63, 2010.

"The interactive effects of gender and mentoring on career attainment: Making the case for female lawyers.", (with A. Ramaswami, G.F. Dreher, C. Weithoff), Journal of Career Development, 37, 2010.

"A Longitudinal Model of Sponsorship and Career Success: A Study of Industrial-Organizational Psychologists", (with T. Judge, J. Kammerer-Mueller), Personnel Psychology, 57, 2004.

"Attracting applicants in the war for talent: Differences in work preferences among high achievers", (with C. Quinn-Trank, S. Rynes), Journal of Business and Psychology, 16, 2002.

"Personality and cognitive ability as predictors of job search among employed managers", (with J. Boudreau, W. Boswell, T. Judge), Personnel Psychology, 54, 2001.

"Academic research inside organizations: Inputs, processes, and outcomes", (with S. Rynes, D. McNatt), Personnel Psychology, 52, 1999.

"Realistic job previews: A test of the adverse self-selection hypothesis", (with T. Judge), Journal of Applied Psychology, 83, 1998.

"Experienced Hiring Versus College Recruiting: Practices and Emerging Trends", (with S. Rynes, M. Orlitzky), Personnel Psychology, 50, 1997.

"An Empirical Investigation of the Determinants of Executive Career Success", (with T. Judge, D. Cable, J. Boudreau), Personnel Psychology, 48, 1995.

"Job and Life Attitudes of Male Executives", (with T. Judge, J. Boudreau), Journal of Applied Psychology, 79, 1994.

"Job Search Behaviors of Employed Managers", (with J. Boudreau, T. Judge), Personnel Psychology, 47, 1994.

"Person-Organization Fit and the Theory of Work Adjustment: Implications for Satisfaction, Tenure, and Career Success", (with T. Judge), Journal of Vocational Behavior, 44, 1994.

"Political Influence Behavior and Career Success", (with T. Judge), Journal of Management, 20, 1994.

"The Role of Human Resource Systems in Job Applicant Decision Processes", (with T. Judge), Journal of Management, 20, 1994.

"Recruiter Perceptions of Applicant Fit: Implications for Individual Career Preparation and Job Search Behavior", (with S. Rynes, B. Gerhart), Journal of Vocational Behavior, 43, 1993.

"Report on an Alternative Measure of Affective Disposition", (with T. Judge), Educational and Psychological Measurement, 53, 1993.

"Comparing Traditional and Integrative Learning Methods in Organizational Training Programs", (with R. Thompsett), Journal of Applied Psychology, 77, 1992.

"Effect of Work Values on Job Choice Decisions", (with T. Judge), Journal of Applied Psychology, 77, 1992.

"Perceived Equity, Motivation, and Final Offer Arbitration in Major League Baseball", (with S. Thomas), Journal of Applied Psychology, 77, 1992.

"The Current State of Performance Appraisal Research and Practice", (with G. Milkovich, W. Read), Journal of Management, 18, 1992.

"Cognitive Ability and Career Attainment: The Moderating Effects of Early Career Success", (with G. Dreher), Journal of Applied Psychology, 76, 1991.

"The Importance of Recruitment in Job Choice: A Different Way of Looking", (with S. Rynes, B. Gerhart), Personnel Psychology, 44, 1991.

"College Grade Point Average as a Predictor of Adult Success: A Meta-Analytic Review and Some Additional Evidence", Public Personnel Management, 18 (1), 1989.

"Do People Make the Place? An Examination of the Attraction-Selection- Attrition Hypothesis", (with R. Ash, G. Dreher), Personnel Psychology, 42, 1989.

"Benefit Coverage and Employee Cost: Critical Factors in Explaining Compensation Satisfaction", (with G. Dreher, R. Ash), Personnel Psychology, 41, 1988.


Notre Dame MBA Spiritual Retreat, "B3: How Belief Formation Affects Perceptions of Busy Versus Balanced" (February 15, 2013).

Office of Student Affairs, "Leadership and Motivation" (February 4, 2013).

Academy of Management, "Gender, Mentoring and Career Success: The Importance of Organizational Context" (August 12, 2008).

Academy of Management, "Interactive Effects of Gender and Mentoring on Career Attainment: Do Female Lawyers Need Good Counsel" (August 12, 2008).