Dr. Larry Hughes

Associate Professor of Business
(402) 465-2204
lhughes [at] NebrWesleyan.edu
Smith-Curtis 240i

Worked in both government and private industry as a human resources director before coming to academe.


PhD, University of Nebraska

Courses taught: 

Managing Information Systems
Human Resources Management
Advanced Human Resources Management
Organizational Behavior
Strategic Management
Principles of Management
Principles of Marketing
Consumer Behavior
Marketing Management
Gender and Womens Studies: Women at Work
Archway Seminar: Humor
MBA courses
MSN Research Statistics

Research and academic interests: 

Published empirical articles on various aspects of leadership, including:

Provaznik, B., & Hughes, L.W. (2013). It’s how we do things here: Regional population personality and corruption. Economics & Business Journal: Inquiries and Perspectives.

Norman, S.M., Larson, M.D., Hughes, L.W., & Avey, J.B. (2013). Birds of a feather: Leader-follower PsyCap congruence and related employee attitudes. International Leadership Journal.

Hughes, L.W., Gardner, W.L., & Norman, S.M. (2010). The mediating role of positivity in transparent and trustful leader-follower relations. Journal of Business and Leadership: Research, Practice and Teaching, 7(1).

Hughes, L.W., Avey, J.B., & Nixon, D.R. (2010). Relationships between leadership and follower quitting intentions and job search behaviors. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies.

Hayes, S., Hodge, K., & Hughes, L.W. (2009). A study of the efficacy of Altman’s Z to predict bankruptcy of specialty retail firms doing business in contemporary times. Economics & Business Journal: Inquiries & Perspectives, 1(1).

Hughes, L.W., Provaznik, B., & Avey, J.B. (2009). Dying the black sheep: The marginalization of ingroup deviants. Economics & Business Journal: Inquiries & Perspectives, 1(1).

Provaznik, B., Hughes, L.W., & Avey, J.B. (2009). Pushing the margins: A dynamic model of idiosyncrasy credit in top management team behavior. Journal of Business and Leadership: Research, Practice and Teaching 6(1).

Hughes, L.W., & Avey, J.B. (2009). Transforming with levity: Humor, leadership and follower attitudes. Leadership and Organizational Development Journal 30(6).

Hughes, L.W. (2009). Leading with levity: Effects of a leader's humor delivery on followers' positive emotions and creative performance. Journal of Behavioral and Applied Management, 10(3).

Hughes, L. W., Avey, J., & Norman, S. M. (2008). A study of supportive climate, trust, engagement, and commitment. Journal of Business and Leadership: Research, Practice and Teaching, 4(2).

Avey, J., Hughes, L., Norman, S., & Luthans, K. W. (2008). Using positivity, transformational leadership and empowerment to combat employee negativity. Leadership and Organizational Development Journal, 29(2), 110-126. [2009 Emerald Literati Best Paper Award]

Hughes, L.W. (2008). A correlational study of the relationship between sense of humor and positive psychological capacities. Economics & Business Journal: Inquiries & Perspectives, 1(1), 46-55.

Hughes, L. W. & Palmer, D. (2007). An investigation of the effects of psychological contract, organizational commitment, and organization-based self-esteem on permanent and temporary workers. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 14(2), 143-156.

Clapp-Smith, R. & Hughes, L. W. (2007). Unearthing a global mindset: The process of international adjustment. Journal of Business and Leadership: Research, Practice and Teaching, 3, 99-107.

Professional and community affiliations, certifications and awards: 

Society for Human Resource Management