Berrin Erdogan


Berrin Erdogan joined Portland State University in 2002. She teaches courses on Organizational Behavior, Human Resources Management, rewards systems, and performance management at undergraduate and graduate levels. Prior to academia, she worked as a corporate trainer at a large bank in Istanbul, Turkey.

Berrin’s research focuses on two themes. First, she examines how leaders lead through the relationships they build with their employees, and the implications of manager-employee relationships for employee effectiveness, retention, and well-being. Second, she is interested in understanding person-job fit and misfit, with a focus on why and how employees find themselves overqualified for their jobs and the consequences of being overqualified. She conducted studies and shared results with organizations in manufacturing, retail, healthcare, education, information technology, construction, and banking among others, in the USA, China, Turkey, Vietnam, France, and India. To date, she has published over 60 journal articles and book chapters, co-authored the textbooks “Organizational Behavior” and “Principles of Management” published by Flat World Knowledge, “Psychology and Work” published by Routledge, and co-edited the Oxford Handbook of Leader-Member Exchange, published by Oxford University Press. In 2013, she was elected a fellow of Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology for unique and unusual contributions to the field of Industrial Psychology. She served as an Associate Editor for European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology and Personnel Psychology. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Personnel Psychology (January 2020-December 2022).

Berrin is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences. She served as a Fulbright Specialist and visiting scholar, and gave invited talks in Australia, Canada, Colombia, Greece, Iceland, Singapore, Spain, Turkey, UK, and the USA. A big fan of travel, she loves exploring new cities and new places.

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  • Ph.D. in Human Resource Management
    University of Illinois at Chicago
  • M.S. in Behavioral Sciences
    Istanbul University
  • B.S. in Business Administration
    Bogazici University