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Jake Messersmith

Department Chair and Associate Professor of Management
HLH 323 H
P.O. Box 880491
Lincoln, NE 68588-0491
(402) 472-3608
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  • Ph.D. in Human Resource Management (Minor in Research Methods), University of Kansas
  • B.S. in Management (Emphasis in Information Systems), University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Areas of Expertise
  • Strategic Human Resource Management, Talent Acquisition, Adaptive Leadership
  • HR Systems in Entrepreneurial Firms
Research Interests
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Compensation Management
  • Workforce Engagement
  • Chair, Department of Management, 2023 - present
  • Executive Director of Business Graduate Programs, 2017-2021
  • Associate Professor, 2015-present
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Dr. Messersmith's research focuses on human capital management issues within the strategic human resource management domain.  His work has been published in such journals as Academy of Management Journal, Personnel Psychology, Organization Science, Journal of Management, Journal of Applied Psychology, Human Resource Management, Journal of Management Studies, and the International Journal of Human Resource Management. Jake serves on several editorial boards within the discipline including Human Resource Management, Human Resource Management Journal and Journal of Management Studies.  Prior to joining UNL in 2015, Jake served as an Assistant Professor of Management at George Washington University and an Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.  He completed his doctoral studies in management at the University of Kansas.  Jake also holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and worked as a consultant at Accenture prior to pursuing his graduate degree.  

  • Kim, K.Y., Messersmith, J.G., Pieper, J.R., Baik, K., & *Fu, Q. (2023). Employee mental health and high performance work systems: An examination of alternative mechanisms. Human Resource Management.
  • Ogbonnaya, C., Daniels, K., Messersmith, J.G. & Rofcanin, Y. (2023) Perceived HRM systems, employee well-being and organizational performance: A two-wave longitudinal analysis. Journal of Management Studies.
  • Kim, K.Y., Messersmith, J.G., Clark, K. (2023). High Performance Work Systems and Perceived Organizational Support: The Contribution of the Human Resource Department’s Organizational Embodiment. Human Resource Management.
  • Kim, K.Y., Messersmith, J.G., Eisenberger, R. (2022). Outcomes of social distancing initiative at work: It’s the intended beneficiary that counts. Group and Organization Management.
  • Kim, K.Y., Messersmith, J.G. & Allen, D.G. (2021). Are they worth it? Warmth & competence perceptions influence the investment of slack resources in and the efficacy of HPWS. Personnel Psychology
  • Ogbonnaya, C. & Messersmith, J.G. (2018). Employee performance, well-being and differential effects of HRM sub-dimensions: Mutual gains or conflicting outcomes? Human Resource Management Journal
  • Jiang, K. & Messersmith, J.G. (2018). On the Shoulders of Giants: A Meta-Review of Strategic Human Resource Management. International Journal of Human Resource Management.
  • Hornsby, J., Messersmith, J.G., Rutherford, M. & Simmons, S. (2018). Entrepreneurship Everywhere: Across Campus, Across Communities & Across Borders. Journal of Small Business Management.
  • Messersmith, J.G., Patel, P.C. & Crawford, C. (2018). Bang for the buck: Understanding employee benefit allocations and new venture survival. International Small Business Journal.
  • Jen, S., Jiang, K., & Messersmith, J.G. (2018). Advancing Human Resource Management Scholarship through Multilevel Modeling. International Journal of Human Resource Management.
  • Messersmith, J.G., Kim, K-Y., Patel, P.C. (2018). Pulling in different directions? Exploring the relationship between vertical pay dispersion and high performance work systems. Human Resource Management
  • Chang, Y-Y., & Messersmith, J.G. (2017). On the same page: Exploring the link between cross-level leadership fit and innovation. Human Performance.
  • Ji, Y.-Y., Guthrie, J. P. and Messersmith, J. G. (2014), The tortoise and the hare: the impact of employment instability on firm performance. Human Resource Management Journal, 24: 355–373.
  • Steven A. Schulz , Kyle W. Luthans , J.G. Messersmith , (2014) "Psychological capital: A new tool for driver retention", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 44 Iss: 8/9, pp.621 - 634.
  • Messersmith, J.G., Lee, J., Guthrie, J.P., & Ji, Y-Y. (2014). Turnover at the top: Top management team departures and firm performance. Organization Science.
  • Patel, P.C., Messersmith, J.G., & Lepak, D. (2013). Walking the tight rope: An assessment of the relationship between high performance work systems and organizational ambidexterity in high-tech SMEs. Academy of Management Journal.
  • Chang, Y.K., Oh, W., & Messersmith, J.G. (2013). Translating corporate social performance into financial performance: Exploring the moderating role of high performance work practices. International Journal of Human Resource Management.
  • Phillips, J.M. & Messersmith, J.G. (2013). Are professional service firms uniquely suited for corporate entrepreneurship?  A theoretical model connecting professional service intensity and corporate entrepreneurship. Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship.
  • Messersmith, J.G. & Wales, W. (2013). Managing the EO-Firm performance relationship: The role of human resource management. International Small Business Journal.
  • Jensen, J., Patel, P.C., & Messersmith, J.G. (2013). High Performance Work Systems and Job Control: Consequences for Employee Strain, Work Intensification, and Turnover Intentions. Journal of Management.
  • Messersmith, J.G., Patel, P.C., & Lepak, D., Gould-Williams, J. (2011). Unlocking the Black Box: Exploring the Link Between High Performance Work Systems and Performance. Journal of Applied Psychology.
  • Messersmith, J.G., & Rutherford, M. (2011). Managing Human Resources to Achieve New Firm Growth: A Stewardship Perspective. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research.
  • Bisel, R. S., Kelley, K. M., Ploeger, N. A., & Messersmith, J. (2011). Workers’ Moral Mum Effect: On Facework and Unethical Behavior in the Workplace. Communication Studies, 62(2): 153-170.
  • Messersmith, J.G., Guthrie, J.P., Ji, Yong-Yeon. & Lee, J. (2011). Pay dispersion and top management team turnover: Additional Evidence. Journal of Applied Psychology.
  • Messersmith, J.G., & Guthrie, J.P. (2010) High performance work systems in emergent organizations: Utilization and performance implications. Human Resource Management.
  • Messersmith, J.G. (2007). Managing work-life conflict among IT workers.  Human Resource Management, 46(3): 429-451
Graduate Courses

Managerial Negotiations (MNGT/MRKT 859)

Talent Acquisition (MNGT 864)

Strategic Human Resource Management (GRBA 816)

Adaptive Leadership (MNGT 996)

Doctoral Seminar in Strategic Human Resource Management (MNGT 982)

Undergraduate Courses

Compensation Management (MNGT 463)

Human Resource Management (MNGT 361)

Executive Education

Adaptive Leadership, Negotiations & Conflict Resolution, Talent Acquisition, Employee Motivation, Goal Setting