Marcus Dickson

Faculty Profile




Secondary Title

I/O Psychology Area Head; Director of I/O MA program; Coordinator of APORG






Room 8402.21, 5057 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI  48202


Marcus W. Dickson is Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Wayne State University in Detroit. Dr. Dickson completed his graduate education at the University of Maryland, following his undergraduate education at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Dr. Dickson’s research interests focus on leadership, especially in a cross-cultural context, and he served as Co-Principal Investigator on Project GLOBE, the largest cross-cultural study of leadership conducted to date. His work has appeared in major research outlets, including Journal of Applied Psychology, The Leadership Quarterly, Advances in Global Leadership, Sex Roles, and Applied Psychology: An International Review, among others, and has been cited over 13,000 times. He also served as Co-PI on a $1.8M grant through the National Institutes on Drug Abuse, examining leadership and culture issues affecting the efficacy of research trials in substance abuse treatment centers. A noted teacher, he has been recognized for teaching excellence by the University of Maryland, Wayne State University (the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (2x), as well as the Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award), and the Society for I/O Psychology (the Distinguished Contributions in Teaching Award).  Dr. Dickson has taught at the undergraduate, master’s, executive master’s, and doctoral levels in the US, as well as internationally, including teaching in Taiwan, Singapore, Germany, and Ireland. He is the founder and director of the Applied Psychology and Organizational Research Group (APORG), a unit within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Wayne State that provides training to I/O Psychology graduate students through applied research and consulting projects. APORG has generated over $1,800,000 in contracts and research assistantships to date. He is also the director of the terminal master's degree program in I/O Psychology at Wayne State. Dr. Dickson and his wife, Heather, have one son, Michael. When not working on teaching, research, or consulting, Dr. Dickson can usually be found either playing or researching 19th-century baseball.

Selected publications

Thrasher, G., Biermeier-Hanson, B., Dickson, M.W., & Najor-Durack, A. (2020). Social identity theory and leader–member exchange: individual, dyadic and situational factors affecting the relationship between leader–member exchange and job performance. Organization Management Journal, 17(3), 133-152.

Lee, P. J., Rainone, N. A., Aiken, J. R., Dickson, M. W., Scherbaum, C. A., Chen, T., & Hanges, P. J. (2020). Where Are They Now? Re-Examining the Migration of I-O Psychologists to Business Schools. The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, 57. (online)

Thrasher, G., Biermeier-Hanson, B., & Dickson, M. W. (2019). Getting Old at the Top: The Role of Emotion Regulation and Positivity in the Relationship between Age, Leadership Behaviors, and Follower-Rated Leader Effectiveness. Work, Aging and Retirement, waz012,

Mathur, A., Cano, A., Dickson, M.W., Matherly, L.H., Maun, C., & Neale, A. V. (2019). Portfolio Review in Graduate Admissions: Outcomes of a Pilot Program. Strategic Enrollment Management Quarterly, 7(1), 7-24.

Scherbaum, C., Dickson, M. W., Yusko, K., & Goldstein, H. (2018). Creating Test Score Bands for Assessments Involving Ratings using a Generalizability Theory Approach to Reliability Estimation. Personnel Assessment and Decisions, 4, 1-8.

Dickson, M. W., Resick, C. J., & Hanges, P. J. (2006). When organizational climate is unambiguous, it is also strong. Journal of Applied Psychology, 91, 351-364.

Dickson, M. W., Lelchook, A., Sully DeLuque, M., & Hanges, P. J. (2012). Project GLOBE: Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Education. In S. Snook, N. Nohria, & R. Khurana (Eds.), The Handbook for Teaching Leadership: Knowing, Doing, and Being (pp. 433-452). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage


Research Description

Leadership, Organizational Culture, Cross-cultural issues, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Affiliated Departments