top of page

Mel Fugate, PhD

Contact me

Check out my latest book: Managing Business Ethics and Your Career | SAGE

Prof. Mel Fugate's professional life is comprised of four dimensions: research, teaching, consulting, and textbook writing. His major research streams are:

  • Employee reactions to organizational change

  • Employee cognitions and emotions

  • Leadership and organizational culture

  • Leading change

  • Leadership and emotions

  • Employability and careers


Many of the same phenomena he studies are also the focus of his consulting, and his clients often participate in his research. Among his specialties:

  • Leading and managing change

  • Ethical leadership and organizational cultures

  • Culture change

  • Leading strategically using purpose, vision, and values

  • Performance management

  • High performance and agile cultures

  • Organizational strategy

  • Exceptional client/patient service (building trust, loyalty, and share of wallet)


Most generally his research and consulting aim to improve individual and organizational performance by utilizing practical, research-based tools to understand, measure, and motivate change.


Prof. Fugate is also an award-winning teacher whose interests span many topics: organizational behavior, leadership, business ethics, ethical leadership, management, strategic human capital, organizational culture, leading and managing change, and performance management.

His teaching experience includes online, face-to-face, and hybrid formats and crosses all levels—PhDs, executives, MBAs, masters, and undergraduates. He has taught in the United States, France, and Australia:

  • Mississippi State University College of Business (Starkville, MS)

  • Kogod School of Business at American University (Washington, DC)

  • Center for Workplace Excellence at the University of South Australia (Adelaide, South Australia)

  • Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University (Dallas, USA)

  • EM Lyon Business School (Lyon, France)

  • A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University (New Orleans, USA)

  • W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University (Tempe, USA)


He completed his PhD in management with an emphasis in organizational behavior at Arizona State University. Before pursuing a PhD, Dr. Fugate received a BS in Engineering and Business Administration from Michigan State University, and his previous professional lives included work as a consultant and positions in health care and the pharmaceutical industry.

Subset of Recent Awards and Leadership Positions

  • Stanford University Rankings 2022: World’s Top 2% of Scientists List

  • Academy of Management Journal Impact Paper Award (2020). Most impactful article published in the journal.

  • Outstanding Reviewer Award (2018) for Journal of Management.

  • Program Developer Director for Executive Committee, Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management (2023-2026).

  • Executive Committee, Representative at Large, Careers Division of the Academy of Management (2020-2023).

  • Co-director of Management PhD program (2020-2023).

Mel Fugate photo for MSU 2-2020.jpg
bottom of page