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Published in Journal of Management Inquiry 15:1 (March 2006), pp. 37-44; doi: 10.1177/1056492605285713 Copyright © 2006 Sage Publications. Used by permission.


Fred Luthans is the George Holmes University Distinguished Professor of Management at the University of Nebraska– Lincoln. He was president of the Academy of Management in 1986, received the Academy’s Distinguished Educator Award in 1997, was named in 2000 as a member of the Academy’s Hall of Fame for his numerous publications in AMJ and Academy of Management Review, and received an honorary doctorate from DePaul University and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Iowa, from which he received all of his degrees. Currently, with John Slocum, he is coeditor-in-chief of the Journal of World Business, editor of Organizational Dynamics, and coeditor of Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, and the author of numerous books. His book Organizational Behavior is now in its 10th edition and International Management is in its 6th edition, both published by McGraw-Hill. His more specialized books include Organizational Behavior Modification (with coauthor Robert Kreitner), Real Managers, The High Impact Leader: Moments Matter in Accelerating Authentic Leadership Development (with Bruce Avolio, McGraw- Hill), and almost complete Positive Psychological Capital for Competitive Advantage (with Carolyn Youssef and Bruce Avolio, Oxford University Press). He is one of a very few management scholars who is a Fellow of the Academy of Management, the Decision Sciences Institute, and the Pan Pacific Business Association. He has been involved with a number of basic research streams published in top-tier journals in the field of management, organizational behavior and industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology. In particular, his studies include reinforcement theory and application, observed managerial activities, self-efficacy, and now positive organizational behavior and psychological capital. In addition to his university position, he has been a senior research scientist for Gallup Inc. since 1998 and does consulting and training for businesses, governments, and nongovernmental organizations locally, nationally, and internationally.