David Hofmann


Leading in the Middle

David Hofmann is the is Hugh L. McColl, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior and senior associate dean for academic affairs. His research focuses on organizational climate, organizational change, leadership and modeling the influence of organizational factors on individual behavior and performance.

His research played a key role in the organizational changes instituted at NASA after the Columbia accident through an organizational and safety culture assessment instrument he developed in partnership with Behavioral Science Technologies, Inc.

More recently, he received a Fulbright grant to study errors and safety issues in organizations with a colleague in Germany and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant to investigate error management and organizational learning on nursing units.

The real-world relevance of his research was recognized by the American Psychological Association (APA)’s Decade of Behavior Research award. Professor Hofmann is also a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology External link  and the American Psychological Society.

He earned his PhD in industrial and organizational psychology from Pennsylvania State University, a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Central Florida and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Furman University.