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EIU Master of Business Administration


Dr. Melody L Wollan, Associate Chair & Coordinator of Graduate Business Studies and Professor of Management

Office: 4025 - Lumpkin Hall
Phone: (217) 581-3028

Melody Wollan's Vita

Frequently Taught Courses

MBA 5680 - Organizational Behavior and Group Dynamics
MBA 5520 - Strategic Human Resource Management
MGT 3450 - Human Resource Management
MGT 4500 - Staffing and Employee Development
MGT 4650 - Management Seminar


Ph.D. Business Administration, Specializations in Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management, Organizational Theory, and Gender and Communication Studies

Master of Business Administration, Gonzaga University

Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Major: Management and Organizational Behavior, Central Washington University

Professional Certifications

Society of Human Resource Management - Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), 2016 - 2020
Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), 2011 - 2015
Professional in Human Resources (PHR), 2004 - 2010

Professional Organizations

Academy of Management, Institute of Behavioral and Applied Management, American Psychological Association, Beta Gamma Sigma


Her research focuses on the individual-level employee behaviors and management.  Specifically she has researched individual coworker responses when organizational exits occur, CEO and Top-Management team feedback seeking behavior, post-retirement employment, and HR and franchising issues.  She also wrote a book chapter on strategies for managers in managing workplace bullying that has led to many professional speaking engagements.

Selected Publications

Ashford, S.J., Wellman, N., Sully de Luque, M., De Stobbeleir, K.E.M., & Wollan, M.L. (2018).  Two roads to effectiveness: CEO feedback seeking, vision articulation, and firm performance.  Journal of Organizational Behavior, 39(1), 82-95.

Croonen, E.P.M, Grunhagen, M., & Wollan, M.L. (2016).  Best fit, best practice, or stuck in the middle?  The impact of unit ownership on unit HR performance.  International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 12(3), 697-711.

Watson, A., Dada, O., Grunhagen, M., & Wollan, M.L. (2016).  When do franchisors select entrepreneurial franchisees?  An organizational identity perspective.  Journal of Business Research, 69(12), 5934-5945. 

Grunhagen, M., Wollan, M.L., Dada, O., & Watson, A. (2014). The moderating role of HR operational autonomy on the entrepreneurial orientation-performance link in franchise systems.  International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 10(4), 827-844. 

Wollan, M.L., (2013). Chapter 17: Strategies for Managers in Handling Workplace Bullying.  In L. Crothers & J. Lipinski (Eds.), Bullying in the Workplace: Causes, Symptoms, and Remedies (pp. 271-290). Routledge/Taylor & Francis, NY, NY.

Wollan, M.L. (2013, May 3). A manager's guide to addressing workplace bullying. Featured article in the Eastern Illinois University Focus on Research Newspaper Special Section, representing Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Management.  Charleston Times-Courier/Mattoon Journal Gazette.

Wollan, M.L., Rinefort, F.C., & Petrick, J.A. (2013). An emerging economy in the Great Recession: Croatia's quest for workplace health and safety.  Journal of International Management Studies, 8(1), 77-83.

Kendrick, S., & Wollan, M.L. (2009). Identifying pre-retirees for bridge employment: Factors that influence post-retirement employment decision.  Journal of the North American Management Society, 4(1), 3-18.

Wollan, M.L., Sully de Luque, M.F., & Grunhagen, M. (2009).  Motives for helping: Exploring cultural influences on extra-role behavior. Multinational Business Review, 17(1), 99-119.

Wollan, M.L. (2009). Using the LINE(R): Integrating economic indicators in the advanced human resource management classroom: Special Issue of Western Journal of Human Resource Management, Spring, 29-33.

Grunhagen, M., Dorsch, M., & Wollan, M.L. (2008).  Recall of autobiographical memory: A longitudinal analysis of franchisee experts. International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 4(1), 19-33.


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