Bernadette Racicot

Assistant Professor of Management

Department: Business Administration
Campus Address: Alfred Lerner Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-1774


Dr. Racicot received her PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Akron in 1989. She was an Associate Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and taught courses in I/O Psychology and Management. During her tenure at Rensselaer, she was very active in consulting and research publishing more than 25 articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings in the areas of motivation and performance.

In 1997, Dr. Racicot joined a major pharmaceutical company where she was responsible for global leadership and personal development programs. She provided individual coaching to senior executives in the areas of organizational development and effectiveness.


In 2001, Bernadette became the Executive Director of Consulting for a global learning and organization development company. She has worked with major global corporations such as American Standard, Pitney Bowes, GlaxoSmithKline, and Saber (Travelocity) to create and implement strategic talent development initiatives. She has worked with senior executives from these organizations to provide coaching and guidance in enhancing organizational effectiveness.

In 2006, Bernadette joined Penn State Great Valley to lead efforts in developing corporate relationships and programs. She was responsible for working with companies in the Philadelphia area to develop curricula for employee development.

Bernadette is currently and Assistant Professor of Management and Director of the M.S. program in Organizational Development and Change in the Lerner School of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware. She teaches courses in organizational behavior and organizational development. Her research focuses on entrepreneurship, employee motivation, and the role of positive psychology in organizational effectiveness.


B.A.  – Psychology,  State University of New York at Albany,1982

M.A. – Industrial/Organizational Psychology,  Fairleigh Dickinson University,1984

PhD. – Industrial/Organizational Psychology,  University of Akron,1989,



Frei, R.L., Racicot, B.M., & Travagline, A., (1999). The impact of monochromic and Type A behavior patterns on research productivity and stress. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 14(5), 374-387.

Racicot, B.M., Doverspike, D., Hornsby, J.S., & Hauenstein, N.M.A. (September, 1996). Job grade and labor market information effects on simulated compensation decisions. Public Personnel Management.

Racicot, B. M. , & Williams, K. (1993). Perceived invasiveness and fairness of drug testing procedures for current employees. Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

Racicot, B. M., & Hall, R. J. (1992). Managerial training. In Issues. Theory and Research in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (K. Kelley- Editor). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: North-Holland, Elsevier Science Publishers.

Racicot, B., Day, D. V., & Lord, R. L., (1991).Type A behavior pattern and goal setting under different conditions of choice. Motivation and Emotion, 15, 67-80


Management and Organizational Behavior

Leadership and Organizational Behavior

Professional Project Seminar

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

Lerner College faculty - like Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

  • Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics
    303 Alfred Lerner Hall  •  Newark, DE 19716  •  USA  •  ©