Professor of Management

Frank Schultz Professor

Department of Management

Peter Harms

Research Interests


Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Dr. Harms received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008. He is currently an Associate Professor of Management at the University of Alabama. His research focuses on the assessment and development of personality, leadership, and psychological well-being. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles in such outlets as Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Bulletin, Psychological Review, Leadership Quarterly, Human Resource Management Review, Journal of Business Ethics, and the Journal of Organizational Behavior. This work has also been featured in popular media outlets such as CNN, Scientific American, Forbes, and the BBC. Dr. Harms was selected as one of the “100 Knowledge Leaders of Tomorrow” by the St. Gallen Symposium and is a fellow of both the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and the Association for Psychological Science. In 2021 he received the Midcareer Standout Scholar Award from the Network of Leadership Scholars and the Academy of Management’s Sage Publications/Robert McDonald Advancement of Organizational Research Methodology Award. He has twice been awarded the Joyce and Robert Hogan Award for Personality and Work Performance Paper of the Year from the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology and has also been recognized with several best paper awards from individual journals. He has engaged in research partnerships with the U.S. Army, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and his external research funding has totaled more than $12 million. Dr. Harms also currently serves as an editor at both Research in Occupational Stress and Well-Being and the Journal of Managerial Psychology.

Selected Publications

Bachrach, D., Patel, P., Guedes, M., & Harms, P.D. (2022). CEO narcissism, top management team transactive memory systems and firm performance: An upper echelons perspective on CEO admiration and rivalry narcissism. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 31, 61-76.

Hogan, R., Kaiser, R., Sherman, R., & Harms, P.D. (2021). Twenty years of the dark side: Lessons about bad leadership. Consulting Psychology Journal, 73, 199-213.

Harms, P.D., Patel, P., & Carnevale, J. (2020). Self-centered and self-employed: Gender and the relationship between narcissism and self-employment. Journal of Business Research, 121, 170-179.

Brady, L., Credé, M., Harms, P.D., Bachrach, D., & Lester, P.B. (2019). Meta-analysis of risk factors for substance abuse in the U.S. military. Military Psychology, 31, 450-461.

Credé, M., Jong, J., Harms, P.D. (2019). The generalizability of transformational leadership across cultures: A meta-analysis. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 34, 139-155.

Harms, P.D. & Han, G. (2019). Algorithmic leadership: The future is now. Journal of Leadership Studies, 12, 74-75.

Landay, K. & Harms, P.D. (2019). Whistle while you work? A review of the effects of music in the workplace. Human Resource Management Review, 29, 371-385.

Landay, K., Harms, P.D., & Credé, M. (2019). Shall we serve the dark lords? A meta-analytic review of psychopathy and leadership. Journal of Applied Psychology, 104, 183-196.

Harms, P.D., Wood, D., Landay, K., Lester, P., & Vogelgesang-Lester, G. (2018). Autocratic leaders and authoritarian followers revisited: A review and agenda for the future. The Leadership Quarterly, 29, 105-122.

Harms, P.D., Credé, M., Tynan, M., Leon, M., & Jeung, W. (2017). Leadership and stress: A meta-analytic review. The Leadership Quarterly, 28, 178-194.

Carnevale, J., Huang, L., Credé, M., Harms, P.D., & Uhl-Bien, M. (2017). Leading to stimulate employees’ ideas: A quantitative review of leader-member exchange, employee voice, creativity, and innovative behavior. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 66, 517-552.

Credé, M., Tynan, M., & Harms, P.D. (2017). Much ado about Grit: A meta-analytic synthesis of the Grit literature. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology,113, 492-511.

Credé, M. & Harms, P.D. (2015). 25 Years of higher-order confirmatory factor analysis in the organizational sciences: A critical review and development of reporting recommendations. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 36, 845-872.

Grijalva, E., Harms, P.D., Newman, D., Gaddis, B. & Fraley, R.C. (2015). Narcissism and leadership: A meta-analytic review of linear and nonlinear relationships. Personnel Psychology, 68, 1-47.

Grijalva, E., Newman, D., Tay, L., Donnellan, M.B., Harms, P.D., Robins, R., Yan T. (2015). Gender differences in narcissism: A meta-analytic review. Psychological Bulletin, 141, 261-301.

Grijalva, E. & Harms, P.D. (2014). Narcissism: An integrative synthesis and dominance complementarity model. Academy of Management Perspectives, 28, 108-127.

Li, W. Fay, D., Frese, M., Harms, P.D., & Gao, X.Y. (2014). Reciprocal relationship between proactive personality and work characteristics: A latent change score approach. Journal of Applied Psychology, 99, 948-965.

Spain, S.M., Harms, P.D. & LeBreton, J. (2014). The dark side of personality at work. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 35, 41-60.

Spain, S.M. & Harms, P.D. (2014). A sociogenomic perspective on neuroscience in organizational behavior. Frontiers of Human Neuroscience, 8, 1-15.

Harms, P.D. & Lester, P.B. (2012). Boots on the ground: A first-hand account of conducting psychological research in a combat zone. The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, 49, 15-21.

Harms, P.D. (2011). Adult attachment styles in the workplace. Human Resource Management Review, 21, 285-296.

Harms, P.D., Spain, S., & Hannah, S. (2011). Leader development and the dark side of personality. The Leadership Quarterly, 22, 495-509.

Wood, D., Harms, P.D., & Vazire, S. (2010). Perceiver effects as projective tests: What your general perceptions of others says about you. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99, 174-190.