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Ronald F. Piccolo, Ph. D.

Chair and Galloway Professor of Management

University of Central Florida, College of Business

Dr. Ronald F. Piccolo is Department Chair and the Galloway Professor of Management in the College of Business at the University of Central Florida. From 2009 - 2016, he served as 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 in Philadelphia, Tulane University, Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany, and the Amsterdam Business School.

Dr. Piccolo teaches graduate-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, and was a keynote speaker (2012, 2013, 2014) on “Teaching Effectiveness” for the OB division of the Academy of Management.

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.

Dr. Piccolo is currently Program 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 a special issue 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 and the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies.

Dr. Piccolo's consulting experience includes leadership development, executive coaching, strategic planning, economic impact, and board development for such clients as the 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 Community College Foundation. He serves on the Boards of Directors for BRIDG, the Heart of Florida United Way, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Orlando Repertory Theater, and is past advisory Board member of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando 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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