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Ronald F. Piccolo, Ph. D.

Galloway Professor of Management

University of Central Florida | College of Business

Dr. Ronald F. Piccolo is the Galloway Professor of Management in the College of Business at the University of Central Florida (UCF). His research, teaching, and consulting expertise is in strategic planning, leadership development, interpersonal relationships, motivation, and performance.

He has served as a special assistant to UCF President Alexander Cartwright, leading the development of UCF’s 5-year strategic plan, and as Interim Vice President for Advancement and CEO of the UCF Foundation. From 2009 - 2016, he was the Cornell Professor of Management and Academic Director of the Center for Leadership Development & Executive Education in the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College. Dr. Piccolo earned a Ph.D. in management from the University of Florida, an M.B.A. from Rollins, and a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Stetson University. He has been a visiting scholar at Drexel University, Tulane University, Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany, Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel, and the Amsterdam Business School.

Dr. Piccolo teaches graduate- and executive-level courses in leadership, organizational behavior (OB), research methods, and management strategy. At Rollins College, he was recipient of the Cornell Distinguished Teaching Award (2015-2016) and the Cornell Distinguished Faculty Award (2011-2012) for outstanding teaching, research, and service. He was a keynote speaker (2012, 2013, 2014) on “Teaching Effectiveness” for the OB division of the Academy of Management, and his co-authored textbook, Organizational Behavior, was recently published in its 3rd edition.

His research on leadership, motivation, job design, and personality has been published in Forbes magazine,,, in numerous textbooks, and in top academic journals such as the Academy of Management Journal (AMJ), Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Human Resource Management, Journal of Management, and the Journal of Organizational Behavior. Several of Dr. Piccolo’s research papers have earned recognition including Editor’s prize for Best Scholarly Paper published in Nonprofit Management and Leadership (2007), finalist for the Best Scholarly Paper in the Leadership Quarterly (2009 & 2012); Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology’s “top rated” conference poster (2009); Best Overall Conference paper at the annual meeting of the Southern Management Association (2010), and Decennial Article Influence Award award from the Leadership Quarterly (2019).

In 2018, he was recognized by the Academy of Management Learning and Education as one of the Top 100 Most Influential authors in organizational behavior. In 2019, he was recognized by The Leadership Quarterly as one of the most highly cited leadership scholars since 1990, and is currently among the top 20 most cited faculty members at UCF.

Dr. Piccolo recently served as Chair for the OB Division of the Academy of Management and has served as chair of the OB track for the Southern Management Association, coordinator of the Network of Leadership Scholars, and co-editor of two special issues of the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies. He has served on the editorial boards for AMJ, OBHDP, Group & Organization Management, Organizational Psychology Review, and Leadership Quarterly. He served on the Executive Committee (2014-17) of the OB division at the Academy of Management and currently serves as Associate Editor of Organizational Dynamics, Organizational Psychology Review, and the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies.

Dr. Piccolo's consulting experience includes leadership development, executive coaching, strategic planning, and board development in a variety of industries including education, economic development, finance and private equity, athletics, public affairs, local government, entertainment, and social services. Consulting and coaching clients include Sentio Investments, The Southern Group, the Orlando City Soccer Club, Orlando Economic Partnership (OEP), Bok Tower Gardens, Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, the Boards of County Commission in Seminole and Osceola Counties, Central Florida YMCA, Hispanic Business Initiative Fund (Prospera), Mears Transportation, Lockheed Martin, Puff ‘n Stuff, Inc., 4C, Southern Traditions Development, First United Methodist Church in Orlando, and Seminole State College Foundation.

He currently serves on the Boards of Directors for 1858 Capital Partners, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and OEP’s Tech Council. Past board membership and advisory experience includes BRIDG, the Heart of Florida United Way, Central Florida YMCA, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando, the Orlando Repertory Theater, and the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA). In 2017, he was recipient of the Don Quijote, Hispanic Community Champion award by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Prospera, an award that recognizes a non-Hispanic leader who has supported the development of the Hispanic business community.

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