Assistant Professor of Management
Dr. Benjamin E. Baran is an assistant professor of management in Northern Kentucky University’s Haile/US Bank College of Business, where his teaching focuses on management and organizational behavior. In April 2013, he received the Haile/US Bank College of Business Dean’s Citation for Outstanding Teaching.
In his research, Dr. Baran focuses on the human-resources related foundations of competitive advantage, leadership, and high-reliability organizing. His research has appeared or is forthcoming in a number of scholarly journals, including Human Relations, the Journal of Business and Psychology, the Journal of Managerial Psychology, the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Small Group Research, Accident Analysis and Prevention, and Military Psychology, among others. He is an active member of the Academy of Management, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the Society for Human Resource Management. He regularly presents his research at national conferences, and in 2009 was the co-recipient of the Best Doctoral Paper in Organizational Behavior award from the Southern Management Association.
As a consultant, Dr. Baran has delivered solutions to organizations across the private, public, and non-profit sectors. He is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources. Companies for which he has provided consulting services include ZF Steering Systems LLC, the U.S. Navy, Agility Consulting and Training, Carolina Caterpillar, and the Arizona Humane Society.
Prior to joining academia, Dr. Baran served as a public-relations professional at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and as an active-duty officer in the U.S. Navy. A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, he led the warship USS Preble during more than 500 hours of complex operations at sea from the California coast to the Arabian Gulf. He continues his military service as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Dr. Baran was recalled to active military service in November 2012 and served within NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan from December 2012 to December 2013 as a management and training consultant to the Afghan National Police in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Dr. Baran holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and communication from Villanova University and earned his master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology and Ph.D. in organizational science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.