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Darla Moore School of Business


Nichelle Carpenter

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Department of Management
Darla Moore School of Business
Phone: 803-777-5956
Office: 406H
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
Nichelle Carpenter


Nichelle C. Carpenter is an associate professor in the Department of Management at the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. She received her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Texas A&M University. Carpenter's research focuses on employee workplace behaviors: counterproductivity, withdrawal and citizenship, with emphasis on improving the measurement of employee and leader performance. Her work has been published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management, Academy of Management Annals and Organizational Research Methods. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Psychology, Psychological Bulletin and Journal of Organizational Behavior.

Staffing (MGMT 405) and HR Analytics (MGMT 425)

My goal is that students leave class with not only an in-depth knowledge of evidence-supported practices (the “why”), but also an understanding of how the practices have been and can be applied in organizations (the “how”).

In general, my research combines research methods with human resources. For example, I focus on how choices we make in measuring performance might impact the subsequent understanding of the predictors and consequences of performance.

My research shows that we (researchers and practitioners) have to pay attention to how we measure performance because it can impact the conclusions we make about employees and their success. My work shows that we can take simple steps to ensure we are measuring what we think we are measuring.

One current project focuses on a more dynamic and event-based understanding of employee behaviors. For example, how do employees respond to receiving feedback from a co-worker or supervisor? Rather than asking employees and supervisors to report on their behaviors over the past few months, this project tracks employee daily behavior (and events) to determine more dynamic patterns of behaviors.

I enjoy collaborating with students at various stages in their education. I provide guidance to not only students who have leadership positions on projects, but also those who are assisting me.

I’m always excited to find new ways to solve important workplace problems.

If I’m not trying something new, I’m traveling to visit family or friends, listening to music (e.g., Prince) or podcasts, or dancing.


Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.