Management Department


Date of this Version



Published in Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies 22:4 (2015), pp. 387–394; doi: 10.1177/1548051815594885


Copyright © 2015 Fred Luthans and Kenneth R. Thompson. Published by SAGE Publications. Used by permission.


As the recipient of the 2014 Midwest Academy of Management Distinguished Scholar Award, Professor Fred Luthans’s interview by Senior Editor Ken Thompson is included in this Midwest Academy’s annual special issue of JLOS.

Fred Luthans received his BA, MBA, and PhD from the University of Iowa. He is a University and George Holmes Distinguished Professor of Management at the University of Nebraska. Before coming to Nebraska in 1967, while serving as an officer in the U.S. Army, he taught psychology and leadership at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He is a former President of the Midwest and National Academy of Management. He was or is editor or co-editor of Journal of World Business, Organizational Dynamics, and Journal of Leadership & Organization Studies. He is the author of several well-known books and over 200 articles. In total, his work is approaching 30,000 citations and his current H-Index is 76. His research at first focused on a behavioral approach to management or what he formulated and called O.B. Mod. (organizational behavior modification). In recent years, he has given relatively more attention to the theory building, measurement, and impact of what he founded and has termed “positive organizational behavior (POB)” and “psychological capital (PsyCap).” For further information, see his entry in Wikipedia, some interviews on YouTube, or his profile in Google Scholar.