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 peer-reviewed journals such as Career Development International, Human Resource Management Review, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of Managerial Psychology, and Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. She also is a member of the Academy of Management, Society for Human Resource Management, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and Southern Management Association. Prior to completing her PhD at Florida State University, Dr. Laird earned a M.S. in human resource management from Texas A&M University and work in nonprofit and corporate human resource departments.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D., Business Administration, 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
  • Stress
  • Organizational politics and political skill

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Human resource management and negotiations at Florida State University.

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • Recruiter/Trainer, Association of Texas Professional Educators, Austin, TX
  • HR Generalist, Zale Corporation, Irving, TX

Professional Affiliations

  • Academy of Management
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Southern Management Association

Courses Taught at TU

  • Human Resource Management (MGT 3103 and MBA 7123)
  • Ethical Organizational Behavior (MBA 7023)
  • Organizational Behavior (MGT 3063)
  • Principles of Management (MGT 3003)

Awards & Recognition

  • 2013 and 2014 Mayo Excellence in Teaching Award Nominee
  • 2011 University of Tulsa Football Team Honored Professor
  • Florida State University College of Business Teaching Award


  • Laird, M.D, Harvey, N.P., and Lancaster, J. (In Press). Accountability, Entitlement, Tenure, and Satisfaction in Generation Y. Journal of Managerial Psychology

  • Laird, M.D., Zboja, J.J., Martinez, A.D., and Ferris, G.R. (2013). Performance and political skill in personal reputation assessments. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 28, 661-676.

  • Laird, M.D., Zboja, J.J. and Ferris, G.R. (2012). Partial mediation of the political skill-reputation relationship. Career Development International, 17, 557-582.

  • Hochwarter, W.A., Ferris, G.R., Laird, M.D., Treadway, D.C., & Gallagher, V.C. (2010). Non-linear politics perceptions-work outcomes relationships: A three-study, five-sample investigation, Journal of Management, 36, 740-763.

  • Laird, M.D., Perryman, A.A., Hochwarter, W.A., Ferris, G.R., & Zinko, R. (2009). The moderating effects of personal reputation on accountability-strain relationships. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 14, 70-83.

  • Gallagher, V.G., & Laird, M.D. (2008). The interaction of political skill and political decision-making on job satisfaction. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 38, 2336-2360.

  • Martinez, A.D., Laird, M.D., Martin, J.A., & Ferris, G.R. (2008). Job title inflation. Human Resource Management Review, 18, 19-27.

  • Hochwarter, W.A., Laird, M.D., & Brouer, R.L. (2008). Board up the windows: The interactive effects of hurricane-induced job stress and perceived resources on work outcomes. Journal of Management, 34, 263-289.

  • 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.

  • Ferris, G.R., Perrewé, P.L., Ranft, A.L., Zinko, R., Stoner, J.S., Brouer, R.L., & Laird, M.D. (2007). Human resources reputation and effectiveness. Human Resource Management Review 17. 117-130.