Gregory Patton

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Associate Professor of Management

Office: Olin 341

Phone: 563-387-1295



Education: Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2002; M.B.A., University of South Dakota, 1993; B.A., Northwestern College, 1984

Professor Patton joined the Luther faculty in the fall of 2013. He has previously taught, in various capacities, at Buena Vista College, Western Iowa Tech, Northwestern College, the University of Iowa, the University of North Dakota, and most recently the University of South Dakota.

MGT 240 Principles of Management

Historical and contemporary approaches to managing people and organizations. Includes assessing, developing, practicing, and applying management competencies, knowledge, and skills.

MGT 352 Human Resource Management

Principles involved in managing human resources to promote harmony and coordination within an organization. Consideration of such areas as employee recruitment, placement, development, performance evaluation, and compensation.

MGT 363 Negotiations and Conflict Resolution

A seminar in the concepts and fundamentals of negotiating and resolving conflicts. Students will investigate the necessary skills to be successful negotiators. Alternative dispute resolutions systems will be studied as a means of resolving interpersonal and intergroup conflicts. Emphasis will be on the basic management fundamentals necessary for effective conflict resolution using problems frequently encountered by individuals in their personal and professional encounters.

MGT 367 Organizational Behavior

Organizational reality viewed through the structural, human resource, political, and symbolic frames. Emphasis is placed on multi-frame diagnosis and action. Decision-making, leadership, conflict, and other traditional management topics are examined using alternative perspectives. The course also emphasizes the science and practice of influence.

  • Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2002
  • M.B.A., University of South Dakota, 1993
  • B.A., Northwestern College, 1984

Current research interests include personality, motivation, and employee turnover.

  • Lauver, K.J., Le, H., Patton, G.K., & Bakhtiyarova, J. (2005). A review of individual differences and organizational safety. Presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
  • Patton, G.K. (2004). North Dakota entrepreneurs and tourism: A practitioner’s report. ND-SBDC Reports.
  • Patton, G.K. (2002). A model of personality, general mental ability, and motivation for predicting driving performance. UMI, Ann Arbor, MI.
  • Judge, T.A., Thoresen, C.J., Bono, J.E., & Patton, G.K. (2001). The job satisfaction – job performance relationship: A qualitative and quantitative review. Psychological Bulletin, 127, 376-407.
  • Patton, G.K., Barrick, M.R., & Neubert, M.J. (2001). Breaking the psychological employment contract: The effect of downsizing on an employee’s decision to leave the work team. Presented at the Northern Lights Psychology Conference, Grand Forks, ND.
  • Barrick, M.R., Patton, G.K., & Haugland, S.N. (2000). Accuracy of interview judgments of applicant personality traits. Personnel Psychology, 53, 925-951.
  • Patton, G.K., Barrick, M.R., & Mount, M.K. (2000). A model of personality, general mental ability, and motivation for predicting driving performance. Presented at the anual convention of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, New Orleans, LA.
  • Wenzel, A.E., Statler-Cowan, T., Patton, G.K., & Holt, C.S. (1999). A comprehensive meta-analysis of psychological and pharmacological interventions for social phobia and social anxiety. Presented at the annual conference of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, San Diego, CA.
  • Judge, T.A., Thoresen, C.J., Bono. J.E., & Patton, G.K. (1998). Another look at the relationship between job satisfaction and job performance. Presented at the annual Academy of Management Meeting, San Diego, CA.
  • Patton, G.K., Barrick, M.R., & Neubert, M.J. (1998). Effects of downsizing on voluntary avoidable turnover in work teams. Presented at the annual convention of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Dallas, TX.
  • Patton, G.K. (1998). Developing the five-factor model: Is the big five a theory of personality? Contemporary Psychology, 43, 687-688.