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A.K. Ward Bartlett

Associate Professor
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2017 Pamplin (0233)
880 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Academic Area(s)


Research and Teaching Interests

Dr. Ward’s teaching and research span the fields of Organizational Behavior, Human Resources, and International Management. Her research focuses mainly on cross-cultural social interactions and employee voice behavior (i.e., speaking up in the workplace). She has taught Organizational Behavior, Multicultural Diversity Management, Management Theory and Leadership Practice (Principles of Management), and Human Resource Management.


  • Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 2013
  • M.S., University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 2008
  • B.A., Sewanee: The University of the South, 2003

Selected Publications

Journal Publications:

Buchan, N.R., Jeong, S.Y., & Ward, A.K. (2017). Local reasons to give globally: Identity extension and global cooperation. Scientific Reports, 7(1): 1-8.

Ward, A.K., & Ravlin, E.C. (2017). Building influence as an outsider: A theoretical approach to cross-cultural impression management. Human Resource Management Review, 27: 491-506. 

Ward, A. K., Ravlin, E. C., Klaas, B. S., Ployhart, R. E., & Buchan, N. R. (2016). When do high-context communicators speak up? Exploring contextual communication orientation and employee voice. Journal of Applied Psychology101(10), 1498.

Klaas, B.S., & Ward, A.K. (2015). Formal, justice-oriented voice in the nonunion firm: Who speaks up and when? Industrial Relations, 54(2): 321-356.

Ravlin, E.C., Ward, A.K., & Thomas, D.C. (2014). Exchanging social information across cultural boundaries. Journal of Management, 40(5): 1437-1465.

Morrell, D.L., Ravlin, E.C., Ramsey, J.R., & Ward, A.K. (2013). Past experience, cultural intelligence, and satisfaction with international business studies. Journal of Teaching in International Business, 24(1): 31-43.

Klaas, B.S., Klimchak, M., Semadeni, M., & Ward, A.K. (2012). High-performance work system implementation in small and medium enterprises: A knowledge-creation perspective. Human Resource Management, 51(4): 487-510.

Klaas, B.S., Olson-Buchanan, J., & Ward, A.K. (2012). The determinants of alternative forms of workplace voice: An integrative perspective. Journal of Management, 38(1): 314-345.

Ployhart, R.E., & Ward, A.K. (2011). The quick start guide to conducting and publishing longitudinal research. Journal of Business & Psychology, 26(4): 413-422.

Book Chapters:

Ravlin, E.C., & Ward, A.K. (2015). Social cognition. In M.Vodosek & D. Den Hartog (Eds.), International Management: Encyclopedia of Management (3rd ed., vol. 6), Wiley.

Ravlin, E.C., & Ward, A.K. (2015). Trust. In M.Vodosek & D. Den Hartog (Eds.), International Management: Encyclopedia of Management (3rd ed., vol. 6), Wiley.

Ployhart, R. E., & Ward, A. K. (2013). Situational judgment measures. In K. F. Geisinger, B. Bracken, J. Carlson, J. Hansen, N. Kuncel, S. Reise, and M. Rodriguez (Eds.), APA Handbook of Testing and Assessment in Psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Positions Held

2013 - Present: Assistant Professor of Management, Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech

2010 - 2013: Course Instructor, Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina

External Professional Service

  • Reviewer, session chair/organizer, and discussant for annual conferences: Academy of Management Academy of International Business, and Southern Management Association
  • Reviewer for academic journals: Human Resource Management Review, International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management, Journal of Business Research, and Personnel Psychology

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Reviewer Award, Organizational Behavior Division, Academy of Management, 2013
  • 3 research grants, University of South Carolina (CIBER Research Grant in 2011, Riegel & Emory Human Resources Center Research Grant in 2010, and Darla Moore School of Business Research Grant in 2009)
  • Graduate School Fellowship, University of South Carolina (2008-2011)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student: Industrial/Organizational Psychology, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (2008)
  • Provost Student Research Award, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (2007)


Anna-Katherine (A.K.) Ward double-majored in Music and Psychology at Sewanee: The University of the South (2003). She then worked in sales, counseling, and human resources before obtaining her M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (2008). She completed a dissertation on cross-cultural workplace voice and influence while working towards her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources at the University of South Carolina (2013). Dr. Ward’s current research stream centers on diversity, inclusion, and building influence in cross-cultural relationships. She has conducted surveys and experiments in the U.S., China, and South Korea, and her work has been published in Human Resource Management, Human Resource Management Review, Industrial Relations, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Business and Psychology, Journal of Management, and Journal of Teaching in International Business, and Scientific Reports.