Peter A. Heslin

MBA, BBA, MSA, MSM, and MSE Professor

Job Title Assistant Professor


Recipient of the 2006 C. Jackson Grayson Endowed Faculty Innovation Award, for excellence and creativity in teaching

Recipient of the 2007 and 2010 Best Reviewer Award from the Careers Division of the Academy of Management

Representative at Large of the Academy of Management Careers Division (2008-2011)

Professional Development Workshop (PDW) Chair,
Academy of Management Careers Division (2010-2011)

Teaching Webpage

Ph.D. (OB & HRM), University of Toronto
M.S. (Applied Psych), University of New South Wales
B.A. (Hons), University of New South Wales

Career adaptability and success
Leading change
Cross-cultural management
Managerial assumptions and performance

Editorial Boards
Applied Psychology: An International Review
Journal of Business and Psychology
Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies
Journal of Occupational and Organizational Behavior
Journal of Organizational Behavior
Organizational Dynamics

Courses Taught
Leading Organizational Change
Managing Across Cultures
Organizational Behavior

Consulting Engagements
Bristol Myers Squibb
Baylor Health Care System
Fidelity Investments
National Hispanic Corporate Council
Procter & Gamble
Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)
Southwestern Medical Center
Vanuatu Department of Health
Zurich Financial Services

Downloadable Publications

Heslin, P. A. (in press). Social entrepreneurship: How to start successful corporate social responsibility and community-based initiatives for advocacy and change. (Book Review). Academy of Management Learning and Education.
Heslin, P. A., & VandeWalle, D. (in press). Performance appraisal procedural justice: The role of manager's implicit person theory. Journal of Management.
Heslin, P. A. (2010). Mindsets and employee engagement: Theoretical linkages and practical interventions. In S. Albrecht (Ed.), The Handbook of Employee Engagement: Perspectives, Issues, Research and Practice (pp.218-226). Cheltenham, UK: Edwin Elgar.
Heslin, P. A. (2010). Boost engagement: Cultivate a growth mindset. Leadership Excellence, February, 20.

Heslin, P. A. (2009). "Potential" in the eye of the beholder: The role of managers who spot rising stars. Industrial and Organizational Psychology:Perspectives on Science and Practice, 2, 420-424.

Heslin, P. A., Carson, J. B., & VandeWalle, D (2009). Practical applications of goal setting theory to performance management. In J. W. Smither (Ed.),Performance management: Putting research into practice (pp.89-114). New York: NY: Jossey-Bass.

Heslin, P. A. (2009). Better than brainstorming? Potential contextual boundary conditions to brainwriting for idea generation in organizations. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology82, 129-145.

Heslin, P. A., & VandeWalle, D. (2008). Managers' implicit assumptions about personnel. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 17, 219-223.

Heslin, P. A., & Ochoa, J. D. (2008). Understanding and developing strategic corporate social responsibility. Organizational Dynamics, 37, 125-144.

Heslin, P. A., VandeWalle, D., & Latham, G. P. (2006). Keen to help? Managers' implicit person theories and their subsequent employee coaching. Personnel Psychology, 59, 871-902.

Heslin, P. A., & Klehe, U. C. (2006). Self-efficacy. In S. G. Rogelberg (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Industrial / Organizational Psychology (Vol. 2, pp.705-708). Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Heslin, P. A., Latham, G. P., & VandeWalle, D. (2005). The effect of implicit person theory on performance appraisals. Journal of Applied Psychology, 90, 842-856.

Heslin, P. A. (2005). Conceptualizing and evaluating career success. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 26, 113-136.

Gunz, H. P., & Heslin, P. A. (2005). Reconceptualizing career success. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 26, 105-111

Heslin, P. A. (2005). Experiencing career success. Organizational Dynamics, 34, 376-390.

Heslin, P. A., & Latham, G. P. (2004). The effect of upward feedback on managerial behavior. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 53, 23-37.

Heslin, P. A. (2003). Self- and other-referent criteria of career success.Journal of Career Assessment, 11, 262-286.

Latham, G. P., & Heslin, P. A. (2003). Training the trainee as well as the trainer: Lessons to be learned from clinical psychology. Canadian Psychology, 44, 218-231.

Heslin, P. A., & Donaldson, L. (1999). An organizational portfolio theory of board composition. Corporate Governance: An International Review, 7, 81-88.

Implicit Person Theory

Anseel, F., VandeWalle, D., & Heslin, P.A. Supportive feedback environments: The role of supervisors' implicit person theories.

Heslin, P. A. & Dweck, C. S. (in preparation). Implicit person theory and employee engagement.

Heslin, P. A., Vandewalle, D., & Anseel, F. Self-regulation derailed: Implicit person theories and feedback-seeking.

Heslin, P. A., Vandewalle, D., & Kuenzi, M. ...And justice from all? The role of managers' personality and implicit person theories in their procedural and interactional justice.

Sue-Chan, C., Wood, R. E., Heslin, P. A., & Higgs. M. D. Individual adaptability in work role transitions.

VandeWalle, D., Dirks, K. T., Ferrin, D. L. Heslin, P. A. Cooper, C. D., & Kim, P. H.Willing to forgive? The role of implicit theories in the trust repair process.


Heslin, P. A. Careers and corporate social responsibility.

Bell, M. P., Heslin, P. A. & Fletcher, P. The devil without and within: How discrimination leads stigmatized minorities to become discouraged workers.

Heslin, P. A. Moral disengagement and career demise.

Other Topics

Anseel, F., Heslin, P.A., & Baeten, X. A goal orientation perspective on relative deprivation theory.

Klehe, U.-C., Kleinmann, M., Richter, G. M., Melchers, K. G., K├Ânig, C. J., Heslin, P. A., & Livens, F. Responding to personality tests in a selection context: The role of the ideal-employee factor.


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