Stephen Courtright

John E. Pearson Professor of Business Administration
Academic Director, Center for Executive Development
Presidential Impact Fellow
Associate Professor


Stephen Courtright is the John E. Pearson Professor of Business Administration at Mays Business School, where he is an associate professor in the Department of Management and a Presidential Impact Fellow. He also serves as the Academic Director of the Center for Executive Development at Mays. He earned a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Iowa and a B.S. in Accounting from Brigham Young University-Idaho.

Dr. Courtright’s research examines leadership and team effectiveness in organizations, with a particular emphasis on (1) discovering root causes of “good” and “bad” boss behavior; (2) designing and leading empowered teams; and (3) identifying, developing, and retaining executive talent. His research has appeared or is forthcoming in leading scholarly journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, and Academy of Management Annals. His work has also been featured by The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, Forbes, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, U.S. News and World Report, and other media outlets. He is the recipient of several international research awards and serves on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, and Journal of Applied Psychology. He previously served as a Representative-at-Large of the Academy of Management’s HR Division.

Since joining the Mays faculty in 2012, Dr. Courtright has taught courses at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. In addition, he frequently teaches executives and high-potential leaders at Fortune 500 and other companies. He has received several teaching awards, including the Texas A&M Association of Former Students Distinguished Teaching Award, Montague-Center for Teaching Excellence Scholar Award, and the Texas A&M Innovation in High-Impact Learning Experiences Award.

Prior to earning his Ph.D., Dr. Courtright worked as an accountant. Most importantly, he and his wife, Nicole, are the proud parents of four wonderful and rambunctious children.

Research Interests

Organizational leadership, team effectiveness, talent management


Title Year Type

Self-leadership: A paradoxical core of organizational behavior

Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior

2019 Article

Resetting the clock on dynamic leader behaviors: A conceptual integration and agenda for future research

Academy of Management Annals

2019 Article

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger: How teams rebound from early-stage relationship conflict

Journal of Management

2019 Article

Go your own way: Exploring the causes of top executive turnover

Strategic Management Journal

2019 Article

Mays Spotlights