Mary Kernan

Associate Professor of Management

Department: Business Administration
Campus Address: 318 Lerner Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-1016


Mary Kernan is an Associate Professor of Management in the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware.  Dr. Kernan’s research interests include employee motivation, work attitudes, and dysfunctional behavior in organizations.  Her work has appeared in the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Academy of Management Review, Personnel Psychology, and the Journal of Management.  She serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Organizational Behavior.

Dr. Kernan has taught courses in organizational behavior and human resource management in the undergraduate and MBA programs and has directed study abroad programs in Australia and Hong Kong.


B.A. – State University at Geneseo, 1979

M.A. – University of Akron, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 1983

Ph.D. – University of Akron, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 1985


Burton, J. P., Hoobler, J. M., & Kernan, M. C. (2011).  When research setting is important: the influence of subordinate self-esteem on reactions to abusive supervision.  Organization Management Journal, 8, 139-150.

Kernan, M. C., & Watson, S. Kernan, M. C., Watson, S., Chen, F., & Kim, T. (2011). How cultural values affect the impact of abusive supervision on worker attitudes. Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal, 18, 464-484.

Won Highly Commended Article Award - Emerald Publishing’s Literati

Network Awards for Excellence 2012

Kernan, M. C. (2007).  The positive side of reorganization: Interactive effects of job changes and role perceptions.  Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, August.

Kernan, M. C., Hunt, C. S., & Conlon, D. (2007).  Expectancy disconfirmation and negotiator reactions across negotiation episodes. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 37, 143-162.

Hunt, C. S., & Kernan, M. C. (2005).  Framing negotiations in affective terms: Methodological and preliminary theoretical findings. International Journal of Conflict Management, 16, 128-157.

Becker, T., & Kernan, M. C. (2003).  Matching commitment to supervisors and organizations to in-role and extra-role performance. Human Performance, 16, 327-348.

Kernan, M. C., & Hanges, P. (2002).  Survivor reactions to reorganization: Antecedents and consequences of procedural, interpersonal, and informational justice. Journal of Applied Psychology, 87, 916-928.

Awards & Honors

  • Highly Commended Article Award, from the Literati Awards for Excellence 2012, for best papers published in 2011.
  • University of Delaware International Research Award ($10,000), May 2009 (with Sharon Watson) – Center for International Studies.
  • CERT Summer Research Grant, College of Business and Economics, U. of Delaware, 1999, 2005.
  • Best Paper Award, Organizational Behavior Division, Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, Quebec, Quebec, 1992.
  • Junior Faculty Research Award, Department of Business Administration, University of Delaware, 1991.
  • University of Delaware General University Research Grant, 1990.
  • Summer Research Grants, College of Business and Economics, U. of Delaware, 1990, 1991.


  • Organizational Behavior
  • Human Resource Management

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.

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