Denise Potosky

Professor of Management and Organization, Management
Penn State Great Valley Main Building, 200 B

Denise Potosky earned a Ph.D. in industrial relations and human resources from the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University. She teaches courses that develop professionals’ global management, human resource management, and leadership communication competencies. Her research focuses on strategic staffing solutions (including technology-facilitated assessment), ways to lead change in organizations, and guiding international HRM and cross-cultural management endeavors. An important theme in her research and consulting focuses on people’s responses to organizational assignments and contextual influences. Within this theme she has examined the medium used in assessments, the validity and adverse impact potential of certain types of selection tests and processes, and how people learn and change as they move within and between organizational and cultural groups. As an international scholar and invited speaker, she has led projects associated with cultural adjustment, European perspectives on personnel selection and employment, and leading organizational change. She has designed training and assessments and has published in several leading journals, including the Academy of Management Review, Personnel Psychology, Human Resource Management Review, and the Journal of Applied Psychology. She serves on editorial boards for Human Resource Management Review and the Revue de Gestion des Ressources Humaines.


2012 & 2006 Excellence in Teaching Award, Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies, The Pennsylvania State University.

2011 Fulbright Research Scholar, U.S. Department of State, Alsace Regional Award.

2009 Arthur L. Glenn Award for Faculty Innovation in Research and Teaching, Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies, The Pennsylvania State University.

Selected Publications

Potosky, Denise. "A Framework and Typology of Adjustment Responses to Extra-cultural Disorientation Experienced during Intercultural Assignments." Human Resource Management Review 26, no. 3 (2016): 227-41. doi:10.1016/j.hrmr.2016.01.003.

Potosky, Denise. "Goal Orientation, Learning Self-efficacy, and Climate Perceptions in a Post-acquisition Corporate Context." Human Resource Development Quarterly 21, no. 3 (2010): 273-89. doi:10.1002/hrdq.20047.

Potosky, D. "A Conceptual Framework for the Role of the Administration Medium in the Personnel Assessment Process." Academy of Management Review 33, no. 3 (2008): 629-48. doi:10.5465/amr.2008.32465704.

Potosky, Denise, Philip Bobko, and Philip L. Roth. "Some Comments on Pareto Thinking, Test Validity, and Adverse Impact: When ‘and’ Is Optimal and ‘or’ Is a Trade-off." International Journal of Selection and Assessment 16, no. 3 (2008): 201-05. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2389.2008.00425.x.

Potosky, Denise. "The Internet Knowledge (iKnow) Measure." Computers in Human Behavior 23, no. 6 (2007): 2760-777. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2006.05.003.

Potosky, Denise, Philip Bobko, and Philip L. Roth. "Forming Composites of Cognitive Ability and Alternative Measures to Predict Job Performance and Reduce Adverse Impact: Corrected Estimates and Realistic Expectations." International Journal of Selection and Assessment 13, no. 4 (2005): 304-15. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2389.2005.00327.x.

Potosky, Denise, and Philip Bobko. "Selection Testing via the Internet: Practical Considerations and Exploratory Empirical Findings*." Personnel Psychology 57, no. 4 (2004): 1003-034. doi:10.1111/j.1744-6570.2004.00013.x.

Ramakrishna, Hindupur V., and Denise Potosky. "Conceptualization and Exploration of Composite Career Anchors: An Analysis of Information Systems Personnel. Human Resource Development Quarterly 14, no. 2 (2003): 199-214. doi:10.1002/hrdq.1060.

Potosky, Denise, and Philip Bobko. "The Computer Understanding and Experience Scale: A Self-report Measure of Computer Experience." Computers in Human Behavior 14, no. 2 (1998): 337-48. doi:10.1016/s0747-5632(98)00011-9.

Potosky, Denise, and Philip Bobko. "Computer versus Paper-and-pencil Administration Mode and Response Distortion in Noncognitive Selection Tests." Journal of Applied Psychology 82, no. 2 (1997): 293-99. doi:10.1037//0021-9010.82.2.293.

B.A., Penn State University

M.A., University of Delaware

Ph.D., Rutgers University