Jeff Edwards’ research and teaching focus on individual and organizational change, person-organization fit, stress and coping in organizations, and strategies that jointly promote employee well-being and corporate competitiveness. He also conducts methodological work concerning the design, measurement and analysis of research in organizations.
Dr. Edwards is an award-winning teacher and researcher. At UNC, he received the Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction, the Weatherspoon Award for Excellence in PhD Teaching and the Weatherspoon Award for Excellence in Research. In his field, he has been elected as a fellow of the Academy of Management, American Psychological Association, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and Center for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis. He also received the Distinguished Career Award from the research methods division of the Academy of Management.
He has also consulted, conducted applied research, and taught executive development courses with numerous organizations, including Alcoa, Burlington Industries, ExxonMobil, General Electric, General Motors, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Kaiser Permanente, Misys Healthcare, Quintiles, SonyEriccson, Wachovia, W.C. Bradley, Westinghouse, Whirlpool and the U.S. Department of Defense.
Dr. Edwards served as the chair of the management, organizational behavior and strategy, and organizational behavior areas at UNC Kenan-Flagler from 2000-10. He has served on the School’s research committee since 1997. Previously he held positions with the University of Virginia and the University of Michigan.
He has held leadership positions at the Academy of Management, serving as chair of the research methods division and representative-at-large for the research methods and organizational behavior divisions. He has served as editor of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes and as associate editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior, Organizational Research Methods and Management Science.
He received his PhD and MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and his BA from UNC-Chapel Hill.