Mary Dana Laird

Mary Dana Laird

Assistant Professor of ManagementHelmerich Hall 303-A

Mary Dana Laird is an Assistant Professor of Management at the University of Tulsa. Dr. Laird has published in academic journals such as Human Resource Management Review, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Journal of Management, and Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. She also is a member of the Academy of Management, Society of Industrial Organizational Psychology, and Southern Management Association. Prior to completing her PhD at Florida State University, Dr. Laird worked in human resource management in the nonprofit and corporate sectors.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D., Organizational Behavior, Florida State University, 2008
  • M.S., Human Resource Management, Texas A&M University, 2004
  • B.A., Business, Southwestern University, 2000

Areas of Research Focus

  • Personal reputation
  • Work relationships
  • Political skill
  • Perceptions of organizational politics
  • Stress

Previous Teaching Experience

  • 5 sections of Human Resource Management and 1 section of Negotiations, Florida State University.

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • Recruiter/Trainer, Association of Texas Professional Educators
  • HR Generalist, Zale Corporation.

Professional Affiliations

  • Academy of Management
  • Southern Management Association
  • Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology

Courses Taught at TU

  • Human Resource Management (MGT 3103)
  • Organizational Behavior (MGT 3063)
  • Behavioral Sciences in Administration (MGT 7003)

Awards & Recognition

  • Florida State University College of Business Teaching Award


  • Non-linear politics perceptions-work outcomes relationships: A three-study, five-sample investigation
    Hochwarter, W.A., Ferris, G.R., Laird, M.D., Treadway, D.C., & Gallagher, V.C., Journal of Management (in press).
  • The moderating effects of personal reputation on accountability-strain relationships
    Laird, M.D., Perryman, A.A., Hochwarter, W.A., Ferris, G.R., & Zinko, R., Journal of Occupational Health Psychology (in press).
  • The interaction of political skill and political decision-making on job satisfaction
    Gallagher, V.G., & Laird, M.D. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 38 (2008): 2336-2360.
  • Job title inflation
    Martinez, A.D., Laird, M.D., Martin, J.A., & Ferris, G.R., Human Resource Management Review 18 (2008): 19-27.
  • Board up the windows: The interactive effects of hurricane-induced job stress and perceived resources on work outcomes
    Hochwarter, W.A., Laird, M.D., & Brouer, R.L., Journal of Management 34 (2008): 263-289.
  • Human resources reputation and effectiveness
    Ferris, G.R., Perrewé, P.L., Ranft, A.L., Zinko, R., Stoner, J.S., Brouer, R.L., & Laird, M.D., Human Resource Management Review 17 (2007): 117-130.

  • Ferris, G.R., Lux, S., Brouer, R.L., Laird, M.D., & Summers, J.K. (2008). Organizational politics. In C.L. Cooper & J. Barling (Eds.), Handbook of organizational behavior (pp. 353-371). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications

  • Zinko, R., Ferris, G.R., Blass, F.R., & Laird, M.D. (2007). Toward a theory of reputation in organizations. In J.J. Martocchio (Ed.), Research in personnel and human resources management (Vol. 26, pp. 129-209). Oxford, UK: JAI Press/Elsevier Science Ltd

  • Brouer, R.L. Ferris, G.R., Hochwarter, W.A., Laird, M.D., & Gilmore, D.C. (2006). The strain-related reactions to perceptions of organizational politics as a workplace stressor: Political skill as a neutralizer. In E. Vigoda-Gadot & A. Drory (Eds.), Handbook of organizational politics (pp. 187-206). Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing, Inc

  • Ferris, G.R., Brouer, R.L., Laird, M.D., & Hochwarter, W.A. (2006). The consequences of organizational politics perceptions as a workplace stressor. In A.M. Rossi, P.L. Perrewé, & S.L. Sauter (Eds.), Stress and quality of working life: Current perspectives in occupational health (pp. 151-161). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing