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Denise Daniels

Professor of Management

Phone: 206-281-2243
Office: McKenna Hall 205

Education: BA, Wheaton College, 1991; PhD, University of Washington, 1997. At SPU since 1996.

Denise Daniels is a professor of management in the School of Business, Government, and Economics. She regularly teaches Organizational Behavior, Leadership, and Human Resource Management classes to both undergraduate and graduate students, and was recognized as the Teacher of the Year in 1998. Dr. Daniels earned her PhD from the University of Washington where she studied Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management. Her work has been published in numerous academic and professional journals, and she has three times been named the SBE Scholar of the Year. Dr. Daniels' scholarly interests are primarily in the areas of the meaning of work, Sabbath, leadership, and motivation. 

Dr. Daniels regularly consults and provides executive coaching services in the area of leadership development. In addition, she has provided training workshops on a variety of organizational topics including motivation, decision making, workforce retention, and managing diversity. Select clients include Microsoft, Group Health Cooperative, Millennial Resources, the University of Washington, Moss Adams, and Clark Nuber. 

Selected Publications

  • Daniels, D., Franz, R., Karns, G., Van Duzer, J., & Wong, K. (2012). "Toward a Theology of Business."  In B. C. Okonkwo (ed.) Finding Meaning in Business: Theology, Ethics, and Vocation (pp. 59-75). New York: Palgrave Macmilan[1]. 
  • Daniels, D., Diddams, M. & Van Duzer, J. (2011). "A Magnetic Pull on the Internal Compass: The Moderating Effect of Response to Culture on the Relationship Between Moral Identity and Ethical Sensitivity." Journal of Religion and Business Ethics, Vol. 2:2, Article 3. 
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  • Diddams, M. & Daniels, D. (2008). 'Good work with toil. "A Paradigm for Redeemed Work." Christian Scholar’s Review, 38(1), 61-82.
  • Van Duzer, J., Franz, R., Karns, G., Wong, K. & Daniels, D. (2007). "It’s Not Your Business: A Christian Reflection on Stewardship and Business." Journal of Management, Spirituality, and Religion 4(1), 99-122.
  • Joireman, J.A., Kamdar, D., Daniels, D. & Duell, B. (2006). "Good Citizens to the End? It Depends: Empathy and Concern With Future Consequences Moderate the Impact of a Short-Term Time Horizon on OCBs." Journal of Applied Psychology, 91(6), 1307-1320.
  • Daniels, D., Joireman, J., & Kamdar, D. (2005). "Organizational Citizenship Behaviors as Social Dilemmas: Theoretical and Methodological Developments." In D. Turnipseed (ed.) A Handbook on Organizational Citizenship Behavior: A Review of ‘Good Soldier’ Activity in Organizations, p. 79-106. Nova Science Publishing.
  • Diddams, M., Surdyk, L., Daniels, D. & Van Duzer, J. (2004). "Implications of Biblical Principles of Rhythm and Rest for Organizational Practices." Christian Scholars Review, Vol. 33(3), 311-332.
  • Mitchell, T.R. & Daniels, D. (2002). "Motivation."  In W.C. Borman, D.R. Ilgen, R.J. Klimoski (eds.) Comprehensive Handbook of Psychology, Volume Twelve: Industrial and Organizational Psychology. New York: John Wiley.
  • Daniels, D., Franz, R, & Wong, K (2000). "A Classroom With a Worldview: Making Spiritual Assumptions Explicit in Management Education. Journal of Management Education, Vol. 24(5), 540-561.
  • Gist, M.E., Hopper, H., & Daniels, D. (1998). "Behavioral Simulation: Application and Potential in Management Research. Organizational Research Methods, Vol. 1(3), 251-295.
  • Mitchell, T.R., Daniels, D., Hopper, H., & George-Falvy, J., (1996). 'Contextual Correlates of Illegal Behavior in Organizations." Journal of Business Ethics, Vol 15(4), 439-455.
  • Mitchell, T.R., Hopper, H., Daniels, D., George-Falvy, J., & James, L.R., (1994). "Predicting Self-Efficacy and Performance During Skill Acquisition." Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol. 79(4), 506-517

Please see Dr. Daniels' CV (PDF) for additional publications.

Denise Daniels

Why I Teach at SPU

Denise Daniels, Professor of Management

"There is nothing more inspiring than seeing students better understand themselves and the world through the application of course material to their lives. I love hearing from students – sometimes years later – who tell me how concepts from my classes have changed their personal study habits, or their relationships with friends and family, or their careers. We have a particularly rich opportunity here at SPU to examine how God’s purposes for business can change the world."