Michael Burke


Area Coordinator

Lawrence Martin Chair in Business

Office GW 1 - Room 636
Phone 504.862.3328
Email mburke1@tulane.edu
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Professor Michael Burke is the Lawrence Martin Chair in Business at Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business and holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Psychology (School of Science and Engineering)

Professor Burke’s research focuses on learning and the efficacy of workplace safety and health interventions, the meaning of employee perceptions of work environment characteristics (psychological and organizational climate), and the role of individual and situational factors as antecedents to individual, group, and organizational outcomes. In addition, he contributes to literature on the statistical properties and applications of meta-analytic procedures and procedures for estimating interrater agreement.

He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on these and other topics in applied psychology, management, measurement, and statistics.

During his early career at Tulane, he was asked to assist with the HAMMER (Hazardous Materials Management and Emergency Response) project, a joint effort in which Tulane and Xavier University worked to clean up nuclear waste after the Cold War. Professor Burke appreciates that Tulane continues to support his multidisciplinary research programs, and he also enjoys the rewarding opportunities to work with doctoral students in the Latin America Ph.D. program, where he frequently connects with faculty at Latin American universities.


Professor Burke teaches Performance Management, as well as the MBA core course, Managing People, and the undergraduate core course, Organizational Behavior. He strives to engage students in experiential learning that takes them from basic levels of understanding to professional mastery of concepts, and he often keeps in touch with students as they begin their careers.


Leadership in the Freeman Community
Conducting leading research on behalf of multiple Tulane departments, Professor Burke extends his influence by taking on leadership roles, such as serving as Chair of Tulane University’s Social-Behavioral Institutional Review Board, on the Business School Dean Review Committee, and on the Freeman School of Business Strategic Planning Committee.

Professional Service
Professor Burke has contributed extensive service to his fields, including serving as the Editor of Personnel Psychology and on the editorial boards of several top journals. Among his many roles in professional scientific associations, Professor Burke served as President of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and is a Fellow of Division 5 (Division of Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics) and Division 14 (Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology) of the American Psychological Association, a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, an elected member of the Society of Organizational Behavior, and a founding member of the Personnel/Human Resource Research Group.

Award-Winning Research
With a lengthy and distinguished publication record, Professor Burke continues to elevate the Freeman School’s reputation. Awards for his work include a 2006 Decade of Behavior Research Award from a federation of professional scientific associations, and his work has been funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research.


Becker, W., & Burke, M.J. (in press). Instructional staff rides for management learning and education. Academy of Management Learning & Education.

Smith-Crowe, K., Burke, M.J., Cohen, A., & Doveh, E. (in press). Statistical significance criteria for the rWG and Average Deviation interrater agreement indices. Journal of Applied Psychology.

Wallace, J.C., Edwards, B., Paul, J., Burke, M., Christian, M., & Eissa, G. (in press). Change the referent? A meta-analytic investigation of direct and referent-shift consensus models for organizational climate. Journal of Management.

Smith, A.N., Baskerville-Watkins, M., Burke, M.J., Christian, M., Smith, C., Hall, A., & Simms, S. (2013). Gendered influence: A gender-role perspective on the use and effectiveness of influence tactics. Journal of Management, 39, 1156-1183.

Varela, O.E., Burke, M.J., & Michel, N. (2013). The development of managerial skills in MBA programs: A reconsideration of learning goals and assessment procedures. Journal of Management Development, 32, 435-452.

Education & Affiliations

Illinois Institute of Technology, Ph.D. in Psychology

Purdue University, M.S. in Industrial Psychology

University of Notre Dame, B.A.


Academy of Management

American Psychological Association

American Psychological Society

American Public Health Association

European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology

International Association of Applied Psychology

Society for Human Resource Management

Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology