Faculty & Research

Kevin E. Henderson

Assistant Professor : Management Department

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Kevin Henderson joined the Department of Management at the University of St. Thomas in Fall 2009. He teaches at both the part-time MBA and undergraduate levels in the areas of organizational behavior and human resources. His research interests include employee attachment, psychological contracts and turnover. His primary area of research is on psychological contract breach, which specifically focuses on examining the effects of broken organizational promises on employee attitudes and behaviors.

Henderson worked in retail at a variety of department stores throughout high school and college. Upon graduating with a B.S.B.A. in administrative management from the University of Arkansas, he worked at JCPenney as a management trainee. After finishing the program, he decided to jump into banking at Arvest Bank. He started out in their management program and was an assistant manager for one of the bank branches. He then moved into consumer loans and was there until he decided to go back and earn his Ph.D. from the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.

Henderson is an advisor for human resources and business communication majors, a member of the Opus College of Business Strategic Planning Committee, and a UST faculty senator. He serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for the Academy of Management Annual Meeting and has received multiple OB Outstanding Reviewer Awards. He is also a member of SHRM and is actively involved with the SHRM student club at UST.


Academic Background

B.S.B.A., administrative management, University of Arkansas
Ph.D., business administration, University of Arkansas

Research Specialties

  • Psychological contracts
  • Employee attachment
  • Organizational identification
  • Employee turnover

Current Research

  • Psychological contracts in the bodyshopping industry
  • Why do employees get upset about broken promises: An examination of psychological contract breach and violation mediators
  • The effects of psychological contract breach on job-constrained employees
  • Identity and well-being strain cycles in voluntary turnover: The impact of core elements across life domains
  • Managing your boss
  • The impact of knowledge and irrelevance on group information-seeking and performance

Major Works

  • Henderson, K.E. and A. M. O’Leary-Kelly, "When broken promises threaten one’s identity: The impact of psychological contract breach on self-identity threat," Journal of Organizational Psychology 12:4 (2012).
  • "The Role of Organizational Practices and Routines in Facilitating Normalized Corruption." In Research Companion to the Dysfunctional Workplace: Management Challenges and Symptoms, edited by J. Langan-Fox, C. Cooper and R. Klimoski, 235-251. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2007.

Professional Service and Affiliations

  • Member of the Academy of Management
  • Member of SHRM
  • Ad-hoc reviewer for OB/HR divisions at the Annual Academy of Management meetings since 2006
  • Outstanding Reviewer award for OB division at the Annual Academy of Management meetings in Anaheim, CA (2009); Montreal, Canada (2010); and San Antonio, Texas (2011).
  • Session chair (twice) at Annual Academy of Management meeting in Anaheim, CA (2009)
  • PDW Organizer: “Learning to use self-leadership during the doctoral dissertation process” at Annual Academy of Management meeting in Atlanta, GA (2006)