Mary Kernan

Associate Professor of Management

Department: Business Administration
Campus Address: 318 Lerner Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-1016


Research Interests:

  • Employee Attitudes and Performance
  • Workplace Deviance
  • Organizational Commitment


B.A. – State University at Geneseo, 1979

M.A. – University of Akron, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 1983

Ph.D. – University of Akron, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 1985


Kernan, M. C., & Watson, S. Kernan, M. C., Watson, S., Chen, F., & Kim, T. (in press). How cultural values affect the impact of abusive supervision on worker attitudes. Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal.

Kernan, M. C. (2007).  The positive side of reorganization: Interactive effects of job changes and role perceptions.  Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, August.

Kernan, M. C., Hunt, C. S., & Conlon, D. (2007).  Expectancy disconfirmation and negotiator reactions across negotiation episodes. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 37, 143-162.

Hunt, C. S., & Kernan, M. C. (2005).  Framing negotiations in affective terms: Methodological and preliminary theoretical findings. International Journal of Conflict Management, 16, 128-157.

Becker, T., & Kernan, M. C. (2003).  Matching commitment to supervisors and organizations to in-role and extra-role performance. Human Performance, 16, 327-348.

Kernan, M. C., & Hanges, P. (2002).  Survivor reactions to reorganization: Antecedents and consequences of procedural, interpersonal, and informational justice. Journal of Applied Psychology, 87, 916-928.

Awards & Honors

  • Highly Commended Article Award, from the Literati Awards for Excellence 2012, for best papers published in 2011.
  • University of Delaware International Research Award ($10,000), May 2009 (with Sharon Watson) – Center for International Studies.
  • CERT Summer Research Grant, College of Business and Economics, U. of Delaware, 1999, 2005.
  • Best Paper Award, Organizational Behavior Division, Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, Quebec, Quebec, 1992.
  • Junior Faculty Research Award, Department of Business Administration, University of Delaware, 1991.
  • University of Delaware General University Research Grant, 1990.
  • Summer Research Grants, College of Business and Economics, U. of Delaware, 1990, 1991.


  • Organizational Behavior
  • Human Resource Management

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Lerner College faculty - like Anu Sivaraman, who is among Social Media Marketing Magazine’s “Top 100 Marketing Professors on Twitter” and’s “Top 50 Marketing Professors on Twitter” - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

All Lerner College departments offer experience-driven learning and emphasize evidence-based analytics methods to enrich the student experience. Here, finance students visit New York City’s financial districts for a first-hand look at markets trading and to meet with UD alumni.

Charles W. Horn, AS75, and wife Patricia, recently made a $3 million commitment to enhance and expand entrepreneurial studies.

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