Russell Hassan conducts research and teaches on leadership practices in public and nonprofit organizations. He received his Ph.D. with a concentration in Organizational Behavior from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs at the State University of New York at Albany and a M.S. in Information Systems Management from the London School of Economics.

He currently serves as associate professor and the director of doctoral studies of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University where he has been a faculty member since 2010. Before joining the Glenn College, he worked as a business analyst at the New York State Division of Budget and lecturer at the Rockefeller College. He is currently a fellow of the Center for Organization Research and Design at the Arizona State University and a member of the executive board for the Public and Nonprofit Division of the Academy of Management (AOM). He also serves as the research and publications secretary of the International Research Society for Public Management.

Dr. Hassan’s current research focuses on how managers in public organizations can facilitate a positive work environment in which employees from diverse backgrounds and experiences can thrive and take proactive actions to improve delivery of public services and performance of their organizations. His research has appeared in wide range of outlets including the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory and Public Administration Review. His research has been recognized with many prestigious awards including the Carlo Masini Award for innovative scholarship in public and nonprofit management, the Charles Levine award for the best conference paper, and the best article award in the Review of Public Personnel Administration. His research has been utilized by the United Nation’s Global Center for Public Service Excellence to improve performance of public agencies in developing countries.

Dr. Hassan teaches undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and executive education courses on public sector leadership, organizational theory and behavior, and research methods.

Areas of research

  • Work climate on employees’ work motivation, commitment and performance in government and non-profit organizations
Wright, B.E., Hassan, S., & Christensen, R.K (2017). Job Choice and Performance: Revisiting Core Assumptions about Public Service Motivation. International Public Management Journal, 20, 108-131.

Wright, B.E., Hassan, S., & Park†, J. (2016). Does a Public Service Ethic Encourage Ethical Behavior? Public Service Motivation, Ethical Leadership and the Willingness to Report Ethical Concerns. Public Administration, 94, 647–663.

Hassan, S. (2015). The Importance of Ethical Leadership and Personal Control in Promoting Improvement-Centered Voice among Government Employees. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 25, 687-719.

Hassan, S., Wright, B.E., & Yukl, G. (forthcoming). Does Ethical Leadership Matter in Government? Effects on Commitment, Absenteeism, and Willingness to Report Ethical Problems. Public Administration Review.

Hassan, S. & Hatmaker, D. (forthcoming). Leadership and Performance of Public Employees: Effects of the Quality and Characteristics of Manager-Employee Relationships. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.

Hassan, S., Mahsud, R., Yukl, G., & Prussia, G. (2013). Ethical and Empowering Leadership and Leader Effectiveness. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 28, 133-146.

Hassan, S. (2013). The Importance of Role Clarification in Workgroups: Effects on Perceived Role Clarity, Work Satisfaction and Turnover Rates. Public Administration Review, 73:716-725.

Yukl, G., Mahsud, R., Hassan, S., & Prussia, G. (2013). An Improved Measure of Ethical Leadership. Journal of Leadership and Organization Studies, 20, 38-48.
Professor Russell Hassan's article, “The Role of Employee Task Performance and Learning Effort in Determining Empowering Managerial Practices,” has been named the Best Article Published in 2016 for the Review of Public Personnel Administration.

Professor Russell Hassan is the very first winner of the Center for Organization Research and Design (CORD) "Outstanding Early Career Scholar" award. An award to be given each year to one individual doing especially meritorious research work in one or more fields related to CORD’s mission to promote, support and conduct fundamental research on public, nonprofit and hybrid organizations and their design.

The selection committee for the award noted that Hassan’s work provided “solid theoretical contributions and impressive research designs that focus on important topics related to the influence of managerial practices on motivation, and the commitment and performance of government employees.” They also commented on the sizable number of Hassan’s peer-reviewed articles published in top journals and the impressive rates of citation, as well as his commitment to working with students in co-production of published research.
Dr. Hassan won the Charles H. Levine Award for Best Conference Paper in public and non-profit management at the 2012 Academy of Management Conference for his paper “The Role of Effective Leadership on Turnover in Workgroups: Evidence from Government Agency”. This is not the first Academy of Management award won by Dr. Hassan. In 2011 he was awarded the Carlo Masini Award for outstanding scholarship in the fields of public and non-profit management for the paper Affective Commitment and Variability in the Organizational Climate of Government Offices he co-wrote with Dr. John Rohrbaugh.
Dr. Russell along with Dr. John Rohrbaugh, a professor at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs (SUNY, Albany), have won the 2011 Carlo Masini Award for outstanding scholarship in the fields of public and nonprofit management from the Academy of Management.

Their paper — "Affective Commitment and Variability in the Organizational Climate of Government Offices" — was judged the best paper from across the entire Academy of Management that examines the behavior of public and/or nonprofit organizations. heir paper — "Affective Commitment and Variability in the Organizational Climate of Government Offices" — was judged the best paper from across the entire Academy of Management that examines the behavior of public and/or nonprofit organizations. The Carlo Masini award was created and is given every year by the Institute for Public and Health Administration at Bocconi University of Milan in recognition of the lifetime achievements of Professor Carlo Masini to the field of public management.
Dr. Hassan has joined the editorial board of the International Public Management Journal. The International Public Management Journal (IPMJ) publishes high-quality empirical and theoretical work on managing large organizations, particularly public organizations.



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