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Roger Mayer

Professor of Leadership

Graduate Faculty

Department of Management Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Nelson Hall 1328


Dr. Roger C. Mayer is a Professor of Management, Innovation & Entrepreneurship at North Carolina State University. He previously served on the faculties of the University of Notre Dame, Purdue University, Baylor University, Singapore Management University, and The University of Akron, where he served four years as department chair. He received a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management from the Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue University.

Mayer’s research is focused on trust, employee decision making, attitudes and effectiveness. A leading scholar on trust in organizations, his research has been published in many premiere scholarly journals.  It has been cited tens of thousands of times in the published literature across a wide variety of fields. He authored a theory of trust with David Schoorman and James Davis which was published in Academy of Management Review (AMR), management’s top theory journal. This paper was recognized in 2004 with the Influential Article Award 1995-1999 by the Conflict Management division of the Academy of Management. In 2006 it was recognized by AMR with the Best of the Second Decade Award for Frame-Breaking, Innovative Theory—at the time, one of only two papers to ever receive this honor.

In 2013 Mayer, along with Professor David Schoorman from Purdue and Professor Hwee-Hoon Tan at Singapore Management University, received a $1.28M multi-year grant to study trust within a global context. He has been involved in interdisciplinary trust and decision making research funded by several grants through NCSU’s Laboratory for Analytic Sciences.  He serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Management and Journal of Managerial Psychology. He served six terms as a member of the Editorial Board of Academy of Management Journal where he was recognized for the quality of his reviews and the breadth of the topics he is able to review. He has served as an organizational consultant to numerous for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. In 1994 he won the Outstanding Teacher Award at the College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.

Mayer has worked in a wide variety of organizations and industries, including firms in finance, research, construction, steel, and offshore oil drilling. He speaks frequently to business, government, legal, medical and civic groups on such topics as trust, leadership, negotiation and influencing others.


Ph.D., Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management, Purdue University (1989)

Intellectual Contributions

  • Mayer, Roger C., Warr, Richard S., & Zhao, Jing. (in press).  Do pro-diversity policies improve corporate innovation? Financial Management.
  • Schoorman, F. David, Mayer, Roger C., & Davis, James H.  2016.  Empowerment in veterinary clinics: The role of trust in delegation.  Journal of Trust Research, 6, 76-90 (pp. 74-95 inclusive of Preface & Perspective).
  • Mayer, Roger C.  2015.  On becoming trustworthy.  In Contemporary Organizational Behavior in Action, Kim Elsbach, Anna Kayes, & D. Christopher Hayes (Editors).  Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
  • Mayer, Roger C., Bobko, Philip, Davis, James H., & Gavin, Mark B. 2011. The effects of changing power and influence tactics on trust in the supervisor: A longitudinal field study. Journal of Trust Research, 1, 177-201.
  • Tomlinson, Ed, & Mayer, Roger C. 2009. The role of causal attribution dimensions in trust repair. Academy of Management Review, 34, 85-104.
  • Schoorman, F. David & Mayer, Roger C. 2008. The value of common perspectives in self-reported appraisals: You get what you ask for. Organizational Research Methods, 11, 148-159.
  • Schoorman, F. David, Mayer, Roger C., & Davis, James H. 2007. An integrative model of organizational trust: Past, present, and future. Academy of Management Review, 32, 344-354.
  • Mayer, Roger C. & Gavin, Mark B. 2005. Trust in management and performance: Who minds the shop while the employees watch the boss? Academy of Management Journal, 48, 874-888.
  • Serva, Mark A., Fuller, Mark A., & Mayer, Roger C. 2005. The reciprocal nature of trust: A longitudinal study of interacting teams. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 26, 625-648.
  • Mayer, Roger C., & Norman, Patricia M. 2004. Exploring attributes of trustworthiness: A classroom exercise. Journal of Management Education, 28, 224-249
  • Davis, James H., Schoorman, F. David, Mayer, Roger C., & Tan, Hwee H. 2000. The trusted general manager and business unit performance: Empirical evidence of a competitive advantage. Strategic Management Journal, 21, 563-576.
  • Mayer, Roger C., & Davis, J. H. 1999. The effect of the performance appraisal system on trust for management: A field quasi-experiment. Journal of Applied Psychology, 84, 123-136.
  • Mayer, Roger C. & Schoorman, F. David. 1998. Differentiating antecedents of organizational commitment: A test of March and Simon’s model. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 19, 15-28.
  • Schoorman, F. David, Mayer, Roger C., & Davis, James H. 1996. Organizational trust: Philosophical perspectives and conceptual definitions. Academy of Management Review, 21, 337-340.
  • Mayer, Roger C., Davis, James H., & Schoorman, F. David. 1995. An integrative model of organizational trust. Academy of Management Review, 20, 709-734
  • Schoorman, F. David, Mayer, Roger C., Douglas, Christina A., & Hetrick, Christopher T. 1994. Escalation of commitment and the framing effect: An empirical investigation. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 24, 509-528.
  • Mayer, Roger C. & Schoorman, F. David 1992. Predicting participation and production outcomes through a two-dimensional model of organizational commitment. Academy of Management Journal, 35, 671-684.