Ph.D. (Business Administration) – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1977
M.A. (Labor & Industrial Relations) – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1974
M.A. (Industrial Relations) – Xavier Labor Relations Institute, Jamshedpur, India, 1972
B.S. (Physics) – Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, 1970
Professor Bhagat received his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1977. His M.A. is in Labor and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois (1974), and he holds another M.A. (with honors) in Industrial Relations from the Xavier Institute in India (1972). He completed a B.S. (with honors) in physics from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur (1969).
Professor of International Management and Organizational Behavior, University of Memphis (1990-present)
Visiting Professor of Business Administration, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1997)
Visiting Professor of Management, University of Hawaii at Manoa (1997 summer)
Professor of Organizational Behavior and International Management, University of Texas at Dallas (1986-1990). Joined UTD as an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior and International Management in 1976.
Visiting Professor of Business Administration, Louisiana State University (1986-1987)
Visiting Distinguished Professor at City University of Hong Kong (2004), Korea University Business School (2006), University of Sao Paolo, Brazil (2007), University of Opole, Poland (2008)
Visiting Professor of Management, Indian Institute of Management at Calcutta and Bangalore (2009, 2010)
Visiting Professor of Management, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad-India (2007)
Academic and Professional Honors
Fellow, American Psychological Association
Fellow, American Psychological Society
Fellow, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychologists
Fellow, International Association for Applied Psychology
Fellow, International Academy for Intercultural Research
Nominated as a Fellow, University of Illinois Graduate School (1976)
Co-recipient, W. Scott Myers award for applied research in the workplace
Recipient, James McKeen Cattell Award by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology of the American Psychological Association
Recipient, University of Memphis Alumni Association Distinguished Research Award in Business Administration and Social Sciences
Recipient, Suzanne Downs Professorship for Research
Nominated, University of Memphis Eminent Faculty Award (2008, 2009)
Best Paper Award, College of Business, University of Memphis (2003, 2011)
Nominated, Distinguished Teaching Award, Fogelman College of Business, University of Memphis
Co-recipient, Best Symposium Award, Career Division, Academy of Management Conference (2009)
Co-recipient, Emerald Literati Award for the most commended paper (2011)
Keynote address, Korean University Business School Centennial Celebration (2005)
Selected Academic Publications
Bhagat, R.S. & Steers, R.M. (eds.) Handbook of Culture, Organizations, and Work. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (published in May, 2009). Link
Bhagat, R.S., Segovis, J.C., & Nelson, T.A. (January, 2012). Work Stress and Coping in the Era of Globalization. Taylor & Francis Publishing/Routledge/Psychology Press, NY.
Bhagat, R.S., Triandis, H.C., & A.S. McDevitt. Management Across Cultures. Edward Elgar Publishing (forthcoming 2012).
Chen, H., et al. (2012). Boundary conditions for turnover intentions: Exploratory evidence from China, Jordan, Turkey, and the United States. The International Journal of Human Resource Management.
Peng, M., Bhagat, R.S., and Chang, S-J (2010). Asia and global business: An integrative perspective of strategic, institutional and cultural variations. Journal of International Business Studies. (Special issue April, 2010).
Leung, K. Bhagat, R.S., Buchan, N., Erez, M., and Gibson, C. (2010). A culture-centric view of international business and globalization: Towards a reassessment. Journal of International Business Studies.
Leung, K.S., Bhagat, R.S., Buchan, N.R., Erez, M., & Gibson, C.B. (2005). Culture and international business: Recent advances and future directions. Journal of International Business Studies 36: 357-378.
Bhagat, R.S., Kedia, B.L., Harveston, P., & Triandis, H.C. (2002). Cultural variations in the cross-border transfer of organizational knowledge: An integrative framework. Academy of Management Review, 27 (2): 204-221. Selected as one of top fifty articles for 2002 by Emerald Management Reviews. Winner of Best Paper Award, Fogelman College of Business and Economics, University of Memphis, 2003.
Research and Teaching Interests
Cross cultural variations in all aspects of organizational behavior, theory, and international management.
Development of global mindset
Human stress and cognition in the era of globalization
Knowledge management and technology transfer
Significance of leadership in developing countries (GLOBE Project)
Taught in the Executive MBA Programs at Memphis, Sao Paolo, South Korea, and Calcutta
Papers Presented and Symposia
Dr. Bhagat has presented over 100 papers in American and international conferences and various leading universities in the US, U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Sweden, Turkey, Israel, India, Italy, Spain, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Poland, Greece, France, Switzerland, and Brazil (over 25 countries since 1986 until 2010). Recently, he was invited to New York Institute of Technology, at Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. to guide junior faculty to conduct more rigorous research in the area of international and cross-cultural management.
He has co-chaired two All Academy Symposia for the Academy of Management national meetings, in 1992 and 2000. Dr. Bhagat completed a major eight-nation study involving U.S., India, Japan, South Africa, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, and Germany. Currently he is conducting a 15-nation study of cultural variations in various organizational processes with an international team of 15 country collaborators. Several papers from this major international research project are in the process of being published in leading journals in international management and international business.
Supervision of Doctoral Students
Dr. Bhagat has supervised or is supervising over seventeen (17) Ph.D. dissertations and served on numerous doctoral committees and several Masters’ thesis committees. He served as the Director of the Ph.D. Program in the Fogelman College of Business and Economics and maintains a strong interest in the development of junior faculty and Ph.D. students.
In the News
The National Public Radio, Dallas Morning News, Richardson Morning News, NBC, and ABC News affiliates, as well as Psychology Today and APA Monitor (American Psychological Association) have reported results of Professor Bhagat’s research concerning the implications for improving the quality of worklife.
He has been a consultant for Samsung Corporation of South Korea, Bell Laboratories (AT&T Corporation), General Electric, Hilton Corporation, U.S. Army, City of Dallas, Franklin University (Ohio), and other companies. He has contributed as a guest columnist for the Commercial Appeal, the regional newspaper of the Mid-South, dealing with such topics as global issues in regional economic development and implications of technological innovations.