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Brian McNatt, Ph.D.

Brian McNatt

Associate Professor, Management
(208) 426-1096 • Mail Stop: 1625
Office Number: MBEB 2227
Office Hours: TuTh 10:30-11:30 am

Before joining Boise State University in 2010, Brian McNatt was a faculty member of the business schools at Old Dominion University and the University of Georgia. He holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior/Human Resources from the University of Iowa, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from BYU. Prior to obtaining his Ph.D., Dr. McNatt worked as a CPA for KPMG as well for companies in the forest products and medical industries.

Dr. McNatt has taught courses in leadership skill development, organizational behavior, and management at undergraduate and graduate levels, and has been involved in executive MBA coaching and instruction. He has been recognized for his excellence in teaching having received several outstanding teaching awards including being named as a Lilly Teaching Fellow. His primary research interests are in the areas of self-fulfilling prophecies, perception, motivation, and self-confidence, as applied to job performance, job attitudes, and judgment and decision making. 

Dr. McNatt is the author of top-selling corporate training materials on the Pygmalion effect as well articles published in the Academy of Management JournalJournal of Applied Psychology, and Personnel Psychology. Dr. McNatt has served on editorial review boards, on the Executive Committee of the Organizational Behavior Division, and is a member the Academy of Management and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.


  • Ph.D., Organizational Behavior, University of Iowa
  • MAcc, Accounting Information Systems Consulting, Brigham Young University
  • B.S., Accounting, Brigham Young University

Teaching Areas

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Leadership
  • Management

Areas of Expertise

  • Self-fulfilling prophecies
  • Perception
  • Motivation
  • Self-confidence
  • Self-awareness and personal development

Featured Publications

McNatt, D.B. (2022). The biasing impact of positive instructor reputation on student evaluations of teaching. The International Journal of Management Education, 20 (1).

McNatt, D.B. (2020). Service-learning: An experiment to increase interpersonal communication confidence and competence. Education + Training, 62 (2), 129-144.

McNatt, D.B. (2019). Enhancing public speaking confidence, skills, and performance: An experiment of service-learning. The International Journal of Management Education, 17, 276-285.

Judge, W.Q., McNatt, D.B., & Xu, W. (2011). The antecedents and effects of national corruption: A meta-analysis. Journal of World Business, 46, 93-103.

McNatt, D.B., Glassman, M., & Glassman, A.M. (2010). The Great Academic-Practitioner Divide: A Tale of Two Paradigms. Global Education Journal, 23 (3), 6-22.

McNatt, D.B. (2010). Negative reputation and biased student evaluations of teaching: Longitudinal results from a naturally occurring experiment. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 9, 225-242.

McNatt, D.B. & Judge, T.A. (2008). Self-Efficacy intervention, job attitudes, and turnover: A field experiment with employees in role transition. Human Relations, 61, 783-810.


  • University Lilly Teaching Fellow
  • Alpha Chi Omega Outstanding Professor Award
  • Alpha Kappa Psi Management Professor of the Year Award
  • Outstanding Teacher Recognition Award–Management Department


  • Academy of Management Organizational Behavior Division Executive Committee—Treasurer
  • COBE By-Laws Committee, member
  • COBE Culture Committee, member