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James Beck

Associate Professor

James Beck. BS, Michigan State University

MA, University of Akron

PhD, University of Minnesota

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Research interests

My research deals primarily with motivational and self-regulatory processes. I am interested in how individuals allocate finite resources, such as time, effort, and attention across multiple, competing demands. Much of my work to date has dealt with how individuals use perceptions of ability and beliefs about the likelihood of success to efficiently allocate resources. 

Selected publications

  • Beck, J. W., Scholer, A. A., & Hughes, J. (in press). Divergent effects of distance versus velocity disturbances on emotional experiences during goal pursuit. Journal of Applied Psychology.
  • Beck, J. W., Scholer, A. A., & Schmidt, A. M. (2016). Workload, risks, and goal framing as antecedents of shortcut behaviors. Journal of Business and Psychology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s10869-016-9450-0

  • Beck, J. W., & Schmidt, A. M. (2015). Negative relationships between self-efficacy and performance can be adaptive: The mediating role of resource allocation. Journal of Management. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0149206314567778

  • Beck, J. W., Beatty, A. S., & Sackett, P. R. (2014). On the distribution of job performance: The role of measurement characteristics in observed departures from normality. Personnel Psychology, 67, 531-566.

  • Beck, J. W., & Schmidt, A. M. (2013). State-level goal orientations as mediators of the relationship between time pressure and performance: A longitudinal study. Journal of Applied Psychology, 98, 354-363.
  • Beck, J. W., & Schmidt, A. M. (2012). Taken out of context? Cross-level effects of between-person self-efficacy and difficulty on the within-person relationship of self-efficacy with resource allocation and performance. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 119, 195-208.
  • Beck, J. W., Carr, A. E., & Walmsley, P. T. (2012). What have you done for me lately? Charisma attenuates the decline in U.S. presidential approval over time. Leadership Quarterly, 23, 934-942.
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