Trident University International Ph.D. Graduate Set to Present Research at Conference

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Dr. Michael Freres, a graduate of Trident’s Ph.D. in Business Administration program, will be presenting research on the relationship between counterproductive work behaviors and organizational change at the 81st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management.

Dr. Michael Freres, Trident Alumnus and Adjunct Faculty Member

Dr. Michael Freres, an alumnus of Trident University International’s (Trident) Ph.D. in Business Administration program, will be presenting the paper, “Organizational Change and its Impacts Through Counterproductive Work Behaviors” at the 81st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM).

In this paper Dr. Freres studied the relationship between counterproductive work behaviors, selected negative personality traits, employee voice, and organizational change in the United States Armed Forces. This is the first time the impacts of the negative personality traits of psychopathy, narcissism, and Machiavellianism has been examined with participants from the military.

The research suggests that psychopathy, narcissism, and Machiavellianism all played a role in contributing to counterproductive work behaviors. All three negative traits were shown to be moderated by organizational change, and employee voice was shown to be a deterrent to counterproductive work behaviors.

“Through an understanding of the variables in this research, leaders at all levels of an organization will be better prepared to mitigate counterproductive work behaviors as they relate to negative personality traits and organizational change,” states Dr. Freres. “Successful navigation of these all-too-common issues are essential for improved organizational effectiveness.”

This research is based on Dr. Freres’s dissertation. Co-authors include Dr. Indira Guzman, Doctoral Studies Director in Trident’s Glenn R. Jones College of Business, and Dr. Kenneth Cromer, Full-time Trident Faculty Member.

Dr. Freres has served in the U.S. Armed Forces for over 20 years with extensive experience in operations management across multiple function areas. He is also an adjunct doctoral professor in Trident’s Glenn R. Jones College of Business.

Dr. Freres completed three degrees at Trident, graduating from the Ph.D. in Educational Leadership program in 2020. He also holds a Master of Business Administration (2010) and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (2007).

The 81st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management will be held from July 29 – August 4, 2021.

About Trident University International
Founded in 1998, Trident University International is a member of the American InterContinental University System, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( Trident uses the EdActive™ learning approach, which employs case-based learning in an online setting to teach real-world relevant critical thinking skills designed to enhance the lives and education of students. Trident offers quality associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs and certificates, led by a qualified faculty team, over 80% of whom have doctoral degrees. Trident has nearly 27,000 alumni, of which more than 22,000 have a military affiliation and has received acknowledgements from Washington Monthly, Military Times, and Military Advanced Education & Transition for their dedication to student success. Visit or call at (855) 290-0290 to learn more about Trident's wide range of educational options.

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