Gerard Beenen

Gerard Beenen

Adjunct Professor

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PhD, Carnegie Mellon University
MBA, Northwestern University
MA, Fuller Seminary
BA, Southern California College

Research Interest

Workplace motivation, learning and creativity

Managerial interpersonal skills

Leadership effectiveness

Dr. Gerard Beenen is a faculty member at the Mihaylo College of Business & Economics, California State University, Fullerton where he teaches MBA courses on team leadership, organizational change and negotiation. He also teaches MBA courses at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business. His research focuses on workplace motivation and learning, creativity, and leadership, and has been funded by the Graduate Management Admissions Council and the National Science Foundation. He has published in Academy of Management Learning & Education, Human Resource Management, the Journal of Computer Mediated Communication, and Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes. Before his academic career, he was CEO of a cancer care center, co-founder of a technology company, and a management consultant with both Bain & Company and Ernst & Young. He currently serves as a strategic adviser to a Blockchain start-up and on a governance board at Hoag Memorial Hospital, Presbyterian.

Dr. Beenen received a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior & Theory from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and an MA from Fuller Seminary.


  • Miron-Spektor, E., & Beenen, G. 2015. Motivating creativity: The effects of sequential and simultaneous learning and performance achievement goals on product novelty and usefulness. Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes, 127, 53-65.
  • Beenen, G., & Pichler, S. 2014. Do you really want to work here? Testing a model of job pursuit for MBA interns.  Human Resource Management, 53, 661-682.
  • Pichler, S., and Beenen, G. 2014. Toward the Development of a Model and a Measure of Managerial Interpersonal Skills. Riggio, R., and Tan, S. (Eds.). Understanding and Assessing Soft Leadership Skills. New York, NY: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.
  • Beenen, G. 2014. The effects of goal orientations and supervisor concerns on MBA intern learning and performance. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 13, 88-101.
  • Beenen, G., & Rousseau, D.M. 2010. Promoting learning and job acceptance in MBA internships. Human Resource Management, 49, 3-22
  • Beenen, G., & Pinto, J. 2009. Resisting an epidemic of organizational-level corruption: An interview with Sherron Watkins. Academy of Management Learning & Education. 8, 275-289.
  • Goodman, P.S., & Beenen, G. 2008. Organizational learning contracts and management education. Academy of Management Learning & Education. 7, 521-534.
  • Ling, K., Beenen, G., Kraut, R., Resnick, P. et al., 2005. Using social psychology to motivate contributions to online communities. Journal of Computer Mediated Communication. 10(4), article 10.


  • Co-Principle Investigator (with Shaun Pichler and Lori Muse), “Developing a measure of managerial interpersonal skills”, Graduate Management Admissions Council, Management Education Research Institute 2010 Award ($100,000).