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The GSDM’s Research Seminar Series invites academic researchers from around the country to present their working papers on a wide range of topics relevant to GSDM academic areas (economics, financial management, operations and logistics management, management and organizations, acquisition). The Series facilitates thought-provoking discussions between the GSDM faculty and external scholars, hence directly fulfilling the NPS mission “to sustain academic excellence, foster and encourage a program of relevant and meritorious research which both supports the needs of Navy and Department of Defense while building the intellectual capital of Naval Postgraduate School faculty.”




10/19/2021 | Location: Zoom | Time: 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Title of Seminar: Navigating in the Dark:  Dark Personality in  the Workplace and its Implications for Leadership
Dr. Peter Harms, Associate Professor of Managements; Culverhouse College of Business, University of Alabama


Dark personality traits, also known as subclinical personality traits or derailers, are destructive elements of an individual's personality that inhibit interpersonal functioning, particularly under periods of high stress.  Research in this area has primarily concentrated on three traits popularly known as the "Dark Triad" (Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy), but other aspects of dark personality can include tendencies towards paranoia, obsessive-compulsive behavior, and many other negative patterns of behavior.  These dark personality characteristics are particularly predictive of workplace behaviors with significant interpersonal components such as leadership.  They may represent unique challenges for organizations because individuals possessing such traits may conceal them or only reveal them in times of great stress or crisis. This talk will address theoretical perspectives on dark traits, their measurement, and key research findings concerning their impact in the workplace.

Dr. Peter Harms' Bio:

Peter Harms is the Marilyn Hewson Faculty Fellow in Data Analytics and Cyber Security in the Department of Management at the University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Business. His research focuses on the assessment and development of leadership, personality, and psychological well-being.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has published more than 110 articles in leading journals as well as numerous chapters, technical reports, and books. This work has been cited over 12000 times and featured in popular media outlets such as CNN, Scientific American, Forbes, and the BBC.  Harms was selected as one of the "100 Knowledge Leaders of Tomorrow" by the St. Gallen Symposium and is a fellow of both the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and the Association for Psychological Science. He has twice received SIOP’s Joyce and Robert Hogan Award for Personality and Work Performance Paper of the Year as well as the Academy of Management’s Sage Publications/Robert McDonald Advancement of Organizational Research Methodology Award and several best paper awards from individual journals. Harms currently serves on the scientific advisory board of Hogan Assessment Systems and has engaged in research partnerships with the U.S. Army, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the U.S. Department of Labor. To date, his external research funding has totaled more than $12 million. Harms also currently serves as an editor at both Research in Occupational Stress and Well-Being and the Journal of Managerial Psychology.

07/13/2021 | Location: Zoom | Time: 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Title of Seminar: Service Industrialization and the US Economy
Dr. Uday Karmarkar, UCLA Distinguished Professor and LA Times Chair of Technology and Strategy; UCLA Anderson School of Management


04/09/2021 | Location: Zoom | Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Title of Seminar: Pay Now, Play Later: Political Connections and Underwriting Relationships in the Muni Market
Z. Jay Wang, University of Oregon


01/12/2021 | Location: Zoom | Time: 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Title of Seminar: Reshaping Adolescents' Gender Attitudes: Evidence from a School-Based Experiment in India. 
Seema Jayachandran, Northwestern University


02/12/2020 | Location: Ingersoll Hall 122 | Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Title of Seminar: Deliver Capability to the Warfighter - Faster!
Jeff Dunlap, NPS


01/23/2020 | Location: Ingersoll Hall 278 | Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Title of Seminar: Religion and 360º strategic thinking: A View from Europe
Sean Oliver-Dee, Oxford University


09/20/2019 | Location: Ingersoll Hall | Time: 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Title of Seminar: How Controlling Failure Perceptions Affects Performance (Evidence from a Field Experiment)
Jason Schloetzer, Georgetown University


08/01/2019 | Location: Ingersoll Hall | Time: 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Title of Seminar: Introduction to the Design Structure Matrix (DSM) for Management and Engineering Researchers
Tyson Browning, Texas Christian University


07/17/2019 | Location: Reed 201 | Time: 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Title of Seminar: Influence over-qualification on hiring decisions, job-selection, and performance
Patricia Martinez, Loyola Marymount University


05/30/2019 | Reed Hall 201 | 3:00 - 4:30 pm
A DDDAMS-based Surveillance and Crowd Control via UABs and UGVs
Young-Jun Son, University of Arizona


01/31/2019 | Reed Hall 201 | 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Labor Market Impacts of the Seattle Minimum Wage Initiative
Jacob Vigdor, University of Washington 

For more information about the GSDM’s Research Seminar Series, please contact Chong Wang, the faculty coordinator, at 831-656-2665 or