Robert Eisenberger


Robert Eisenberger


Robert Eisenberger is a professor of Management in the Bauer College of Business and the Psychology Department at the University of Houston. His organizational support theory with its central concept of perceived organizational support is one the most frequently cited views of employee-organization relationships, leading to over 350 scholarly studies and 600,000 references on the Internet. His paper introducing the underlying concept was the most cited article in organizational behavior during the last studied five-year period. His book reviewing this research was recently published by the American Psychological Association. Dr. Eisenberger is the author of over 70 publications on motivation and organizational behavior that have appeared in such journals as the Psychological Review, Psychological Bulletin, American Psychologist, Journal of Applied Psychology, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Dr. Eisenberger's researches on perceived organizational support and creativity have been focal topics of symposia at the annual meetings of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology, and the Academy of Management. Dr. Eisenberger's research was recognized with the Psi Chi Distinguished Lectureship, and he is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, Divisions 1, 6, 14, and 25 of the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, and he was elected to the Society for Organizational Behavior. Two special reports focusing on his research were carried nationally on National Public Radio, and reports on his research have appeared in the American Psychological Association Monitor, Encylopaedia Britannica Science and the Future Yearbook, Science News, Report on Educational Research, and School Board Notes. Dr. Eisenberger's research has been supported by grants from the Army Research Institute for the Social and Behavioral Sciences, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Park Service


  • Hayton, James C., Carnabuci, G., & Eisenberger, R. (2012). With a little help from my colleagues: A social embeddedness approach to perceived organizational support, Journal of Organizational Behavior, 33, 235-249
  • Eisenberger, R., & Stinglhamber, F. (2011). Perceived organizational support: Fostering enthusiastic and productive employees. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Books.
  • Eisenberger, R., Karagonlar, G., Stinglhamber, F., Neves, P., Becker, T. E., Gonzalez-Morales, M. G., & Steiger-Mueller, M. (2010). Leader-member exchange and affective organizational commitment: The contribution of supervisor's organizational embodiment. Journal of Applied Psychology, 95, 1085-1103
  • Eisenberger, R., Sucharski, I. L., Yalowitz, S., Kent, R. J., Loomis, R. J., Jones, J. R., Paylor, S., Aselage, J., Steiger Mueller, M., & McLauglin, J. P. (2010). The motive for sensory pleasure: Enjoyment of nature and its representation in painting, music, and literature. Journal of Personality, 78, 599-638.
  • Wayne, S. J., Jacqueline Coyle-Shapiro, A-M., Eisenberger, R., Liden, R.C., Rousseau, D.M., & Shore, L. M. (2009). Social Influences. In H. J. Klein, T. E. Becker, & J. P. Meyer (Eds.). Commitment in organizations: Accumulated wisdom and new directions. (pp. 253-284). New York: Routledge.
  • Eisenberger, R., & Aselage, J. (2009). Incremental effects of reward on experienced performance pressure: Positive outcomes for intrinsic interest and creativity. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 30, 95-117.
  • Eder, P., & Eisenberger, R. (2008). Perceived organizational support: Reducing the negative influence of coworker withdrawal behavior. Journal of Management, 34, 55-68
  • Shanock, S. & Eisenberger, R. (2006). When supervisors feel supported: Relationships with subordinates' perceived supervisor support, perceived organizational support and performance. Journal of Applied Psychology, 91, 689-695
  • Eisenberger, R., Jones, J. R., Stinglhamber, F., Shanock, L., & Randall, A. T. (2005). Optimal flow experiences at work: For high need achievers alone? Journal of Organizational Behavior, 26, 755-775.
  • Eisenberger, R., Lynch, P., Aselage, J. & Rohdieck, S. (2004). Who takes the most revenge? Individual differences in negative reciprocity norm endorsement. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 30, 787-799.
  • Eisenberger, R. Aselage, J., Sucharski, I. L., & Jones, J. R. (2004). Perceived organizational support. In J. Coyle-Shapiro, L. Shore, & S. Taylor, & L. Tetrick (Eds.). The employment relationship: Examining psychological and contextual perspectives. Oxford University Press.
  • Aselage, J., & Eisenberger, R. (2003). Perceived organizational support and psychological contracts: A theoretical integration. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 24, 491-509.
  • Eisenberger, R., & Rhoades, L. (2003). Rewards, intrinsic motivation, and creativity: A case study of conceptual and methodological isolation. Creativity Research Journal, 15, 121-130.
  • Rhoades, L, & Eisenberger, R. (2002). Perceived organizational support: A review of the literature. Journal of Applied Psychology, 87, 698-714.
  • Eisenberger, R., Stinglhamber, F., Vandenberghe, C., Sucharski, I., & Rhoades, L. (2002). Perceived supervisor support: Contributions to perceived organizational support and employee retention. Journal of Applied Psychology, 87, 565-573.
  • Eisenberger, R., & Rhoades, L. (2001). Incremental effects of reward on creativity. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 81, 728-741. (Award for the Best Paper on Organizational Behavior at the 2001 Academy of Management Conference).
  • Rhoades, L., & Eisenberger, R., & Armeli, S. (2001). Affective commitment to the organization: The contribution of perceived organizational support. Journal of Applied Psychology, 86, 825-836.
  • Eisenberger, R., Armeli, S., Rexwinkel, B., Lynch, P. D., & Rhoades, L. (2001). Reciprocation of perceived organizational support. Journal of Applied Psychology, 86, 42-51.
  • Eisenberger, R., Pierce, W. D., & Cameron, J. (1999). Effects of reward on intrinsic motivation: Negative, neutral, and positive. Psychological Bulletin, 125, 677-691.
  • Eisenberger, R., Rhoades, L., & Cameron, J. (1999). Does pay for performance increase or decrease perceived self-determination and intrinsic motivation? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 77, 1026-1040.
  • Lynch, P. D., Eisenberger, R., & Armeli, S. (1999). Perceived organizational support: Inferior-versus-superior performance by wary employees. Journal of Applied Psychology, 84, 467-483.

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