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Phil Thompson

Associate Professor, InclusiveVT Faculty Fellow
2106 Pamplin (0233)
880 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Academic Area(s)

Micro Organizational Behavior


  • PhD, Organizational Behavior, Case Western Reserve University
  • M.S., Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Missouri State University
  • M.A., Counseling Psychology, McKendree University
  • B.A., Communications, Beloit College

Awards, Honors, & Certificates

  • 2023-2024 - Journal of Applied Psychology Editorial Fellow
  • 2023 - Western Academy of Management Ascendant Scholar Award
  • 2021 – Pamplin College of Business Top Researcher Award (Research MVP) Co-Recipient
  • 2021 – Pamplin College of Business Top Teaching Award Co-Recipient
  • 2021 – Department of Management Certificate of Teaching Award Recipient
  • 2018 – Department of Management Faculty Research Excellence Award Recipient

Selected Publications

  • Thompson, P.S., Bolino, M.C., Norris, K.R., & Kuo, S.-T. (In Press). Unconstructive Curiosity Killed the Cat: The Importance of follower political skill and constructive curiosity to avoid leader perceptions of insubordination and unlikability. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
  • Thompson, P.S., & Klotz, A.C. (2022). Led by curiosity and responding with voice: The influence of leader displays of curiosity and leader gender on follower reactions of psychological safety and voice. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes,
  • *Lyddy, C.J., *Good, D.J., Bolino, M.C., Thompson, P.S. & Stephens, J.P. (2021). The costs of mindfulness at work: The moderating role of mindfulness in surface acting, self-control depletion, and performance outcomes. Journal of Applied Psychology106(12), 1921-1938
  • Thompson, P. S., Bergeron, D. M. & Bolino, M. C. (2020). No obligation? How gender influences the relationship between perceived organizational support and organizational citizenship behavior. Journal of Applied Psychology, 105(11), 1338-1350.
  • Thompson, P. S., & Bolino, M. C. (2018). Negative beliefs about accepting coworker help: Implications for employee attitudes, job performance, and reputation. Journal of Applied Psychology, 103(8), 842-866
  • Bolino, M.C., Thompson, P.S., Norris, K., and Kuo, S-T. (2023). When and why employee curiosity annoys managers. Harvard Business Review
  • Lyddy, C., Good, D.J., Bolino, M.C., Thompson, P.S., & Stephens, J.P. (2021). Where mindfulness falls short. Harvard Business Review,
  • Bolino, M.C., & Thompson, P.S. (2018). Why we don't let coworkers help us, even when we need it. Harvard Business Review


Phil’s research examines micro-organizational behavior topics including workplace curiosity, organizational citizenship behavior, impression management, organizational politics, and perceived organizational support and how they, along with gender differences, influence employees’ job performance. His work has been published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Harvard Business Review and has received media attention from popular press outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Fortune and the New York Times. He is currently on the editorial boards of the Journal of Management and the Journal of Applied Psychology. Phil worked as a manager and executive for multiple Fortune 500 companies prior to entering academia