College of Business and Innovation

Joseph T. Cooper, PH.D.


Assistant Professor
Office: Stranahan Hall - 2016
Telephone: (419) 530 - 2550

Joseph T. Cooper is an assistant professor of management in the College of Business and Innovation at The University of Toledo. He joined the UT faculty in 2015. Prior to coming to UT, Cooper served as an assistant professor in the College of Business at the University of Wyoming. Professor Cooper received his B.S.E. degree from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Civil Engineering, his M.B.A. from CWRU with concentrations in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Policy, and his Ph.D. degree in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management from The Ohio State University. Prior to becoming a professor, he worked as a structural designer for Barber & Hoffman, Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He also worked as a senior HR analyst for the Timken Company in Canton, Ohio. Dr. Cooper’s research focuses on the motivation and performance of individuals through the study of workplace commitments, goal setting, organizational roles, and culture. His articles have appeared in journals including Journal of Applied Psychology, European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, and Asia Pacific Journal of Management. Professor Cooper has received multiple awards for his research and teaching. His teaching experience includes courses in Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, Recruitment and Selection, and Managerial Skills.

Cooper, J. T., Stanley, L. J., Klein, H. J., & Tenhiälä, A. (In press). Profiles of commitment in standard and fixed-term employment arrangements: Implications for work outcomes. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology.

Klein, H. K., Cooper, J. T., Molloy, J. C.,& Swanson, J. A. (2014). The assessment of commitment: Advantages of a uni-dimensional, target-free approach. Journal of Applied Psychology, 99(2), 222-238.

Cooper, J. T., Kidwell, R. E., & Eddleston, K. A. (2013). Boss and parent, employee and child: Work-family roles and deviant behavior in the family firm. Family Relations, 62, 457-471. (Special issue on family businesses).

Klein, H. J., Cooper, J. T., & Monahan, C. A. (2013). Goal commitment. In E. A. Locke & G. P. Latham (eds.) New Developments in Goal Setting and Task Performance. 65-89. Routledge/Taylor and Francis.

Stevens, C. E., Cooper, J. T. (2010). A behavioral theory of governments’ ability to make credible commitments to firms: The case of the East Asian paradox. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 27(4), 587-610. (Lead article).

Klein, H. J., Molloy, J. C., & Cooper, J. T. (2009). Conceptual foundations: Construct definitions and theoretical representations of workplace commitments. In H. J. Klein, T. E. Becker, & J. P. Meyer (eds.) Commitment in Organizations: Accumulated Wisdom and New Directions. SIOP Frontiers Series. 3-36. Routledge/Taylor and Francis.

Klein, H. J., Austin, J. T., & Cooper, J. T. (2008). Goal choice and decision processes. In R. Kanfer, G. Chen, & R. Pritchard (eds.), Work motivation: Past, present, and future. 101-150. SIOP Frontiers Series. Routledge/Taylor and Francis.

John P. “Jack” Ellbogen Meritorious Classroom Teaching Award, University of Wyoming, 2014

Outstanding Junior Faculty Research Award, University of Wyoming, College of Business, AY 2013-14

Top Prof, Mortar Board (UW Cap & Gown chapter), 2013

Outstanding Faculty Award, Alpha Kappa Psi (UW Beta Nu chapter), 2013

Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching Award, University of Wyoming, College of Business, AY 2010-11

Commended for Teaching Excellence, The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business, 2009

Beta Gamma Sigma (Business/Management Honor Society)

Phi Kappa Phi (All Discipline Honor Society)

Last Updated: 6/30/19