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Liam Maher, Ph.D.

Liam Maher

Assistant Professor, Management
Mail Stop: 1625 • Office Number: MBEB 2225
Office Hours: By appointment

Liam earned his bachelor of arts in finance at Western Washington University, his MBA at Seattle University, and his Ph.D. in organizational behavior and human resources from Florida State University. His research interests include social influence, leadership, organizational politics, identity, and change management. His research can be found in Journal of Management, Personnel Psychology, The Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, Applied Psychology: An International Review, Group & Organization Management, and Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies. Previously, Liam taught the Negotiation and Conflict Management class at Florida State University and was honored with the Doctoral Student Teaching Award for his efforts. At Boise State, he teaches the undergraduate Leadership Skills and MBA Organizational Issues and Leadership classes.

In a previous life, Liam worked for Wells Fargo Bank throughout the Great Recession, helped launch Southern Wine and Spirits into the newly privatized Washington market, and led several entrepreneurial ventures.

In his spare time, Liam loves to travel and has been to 37 countries (and counting) spanning Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. He is also a sports enthusiast, and avidly follows the Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Mariners, Florida State Seminoles and Boise State Broncos.


Ph.D., Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management, Florida State University, 2015

Teaching Areas

  • Organizational behavior
  • Leadership
  • Negotiation
  • Teams

Areas of Expertise

Social Influence, Leadership, Organizational Politics, Identity, Change Management

Featured Publications

Ellen, B.P. III, Maher, L.P., Hochwarter, W.A., Ferris, G.R., & Kiewitz, C (forthcoming, 2022). Perceptions of organizational politics: A restricted nonlinearity perspective of its effects on job satisfaction and performance. Applied Psychology: An International Review.

Hochwarter, W.A., Rosen C., Jordan, S.L, Ferris, G.R, Ejaz, A., & Maher, L.P. (2020) Perceptions of Organizational Politics Research: Past, Present, and Future. Journal of Management, 46(6), 879-907.

Maher, L.P., Gallagher, V.C., Rossi, A.M., Ferris, G.R., & Perrewé, P. (2018). Political skill and will as predictors of impression management frequency and style: A three-study investigation. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 107, 276-294.

Mackey, J.D., McAllister, C.P., Maher, L.P., & Wang, G. (in press). Leaders and followers behaving badly: A meta-analytic examination of curvilinear relationships between destructive leadership and followers’ workplace behaviors. Personnel Psychology.

Ferris, G.R., Ellen, B.P. III, McAllister, C.P., & Maher, L.P. (2019). Reorganizing organizational politics research: A review of the literature and identification of future research directions. Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, 6, 299-323.

Hackney, K.J., Maher, L.P., Daniels, S.R., Hochwarter, W.A., & Ferris, G.R. (2018). Performance, stress, and attitudinal outcomes of others’ entitlement behavior: Supervisor-subordinate work relationship quality as moderator in two samples. Group & Organization Management, 43(1), 101-137.

Lvina, E., Maher, L.P., & Harris, J.H. (2017). Political skill, trust, and efficacy in teams. Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies, 24(1), 95-105.

Awards and Accomplishments

  • Recipient of the College of Business and Economics Advisory Council (COBEAC) Research Award, Boise State University (2019-2020).
  • Herbert M. Johnson Scholarship, College of Business, Florida State University (2017).
  • Outstanding Doctoral Teaching Award, College of Business, Florida State University (2017).


  • Editorial Board Member, Group & Organization Management (2021).
  • Discipline Coordinator, Business Management Major, Boise State University, College of Business and Economics (2018-present).
  • Annual reviewer and volunteer for the Academy of Management Conference and the Southern Management Association Conference.
  • Ad-hoc Reviewer, Journal of Organizational Behavior (2017).
  • Ad-hoc Reviewer, Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies (2017).