Darren Treadway

Associate Professor
Organization and Human Resources Department


PhD, Florida State University
MBA, Virginia Tech
BS, Concord College

Current Teaching

  • Organizational Behavior
  • PhD Seminar in Organizational Behavior
  • Office Hours:  M  10-11 a.m. or by appointment

Teaching Experience

  • PhD Seminar in Organizational Behavior
  • PhD Seminar in Organizational Theory and Business Strategy
  • PhD Seminar in Group Processes
  • MBA Organizational Behavior
  • Advanced Topics in Human Resource Management
  • Compensation Management
  • Current Issues in Human Resources
  • Human Resource Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Organizational Development and Change
  • Training and Development


Treadway's research interests include social influence processes in organizations, with particular reference to organizational leadership, politics, political skill, leadership, bullying and abusive supervision. His research has been published in leading journals such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Human Relations.  Cumulatively, Treadway has co-authored 40 articles, 20 book chapters, and 50 conference papers. He co-edited the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Frontier Series book Politics in Organizations: Theory and Research Considerations.

Treadway's research has twice been awarded the Emerald Publishing Citation of Excellence as one of the top 50 business publications and has been awarded the Journal of Management Best Paper Award. Prior to his employment with UB, Treadway was on faculty at the University of Mississippi where he was twice named the Researcher of the Year. His cumulative contributions earned him the 2009 University at Buffalo Exceptional Scholar--Young Investigator Award.  

He currently serves on the Editorial Board of The Leadership Quarterly and the Journal of Organizational Behavior. He is a Fellow in the U.S. Academy of Workplace Bullying, Mobbing and Abuse, and a Faculty Affiliate of the Alberti Center for Bullying and Abuse Prevention.

Selected Publications

Treadway, D. C., Adams, G., Hanes, T. J., Perrewe, P. L., Magnusen, M. J., and Ferris, G. R.  (2014).  The roles of recruiter political skill and performance resource leveraging in NCAA football recruitment effectiveness.  Journal of Management, 40(6), 1607-1626.

Kapoutsis, I., Papalexandris, A., Treadway, D. C., and Bentley, J. R.  (in press).  Political will in organizations:  Theoretical construct development and empirical validation.  Journal of Management.

Treadway, D.C., Shaughnessy, B. A., Breland J. W., Yang, J., & Reeves, M.  (2013). Political skill and the job performance of bullies.  Journal of Managerial Psychology. Vol. 28 Iss: 3, pp. 273 - 289

Treadway, D. C., Breland, J. W., Williams, L. M., Cho, J., Yang, J., & Ferris, G. R.  (In press).  Social influence and interpersonal power in organizations:  Roles of performance and political skill.  Journal of Management.

Ferris, G. R. & Treadway, D. C.  (Eds.)  (2012).  Politics in organizations:  Theory and research considerations.  New York:  Routledge/Taylor and Francis.

Treadway, D. C.  (2012).  Political will in organizations.  In G. R. Ferris & D. C. Treadway (Eds.), Politics in organizations:  Theory and research considerations (pp. 531-556).  New York:  Routledge/Taylor and Francis.

Ferris, G. R. & Treadway, D. C.  (2012).  Organizational politics:  History, construct specification, and research directions.  In G. R. Ferris & D. C. Treadway (Eds.), Politics in organizations:  Theory and research considerations, (pp. 1-24).  New York:  Routledge/Taylor and Francis.

Ferris. G. R., Treadway, D. C., Brouer, R. L., & Munyon, T. P.  (2012).  Political skill in the organizational sciences.  In G. R. Ferris & D. C. Treadway (Eds.), Politics in organizations:  Theory and research considerations (pp. 487-529).  New York:  Routledge/Taylor and Francis.

Shaughnessy, B. A., Treadway, D. C., Breland, J. W., Williams, L. M., & Brouer, R. L.  (In press).  Influence and promotability:  Importance of female political skill.  Journal of Managerial Psychology.

Treadway, D. C., Breland, J. W., Williams, L. A., Williams, L., & Yang, J.  (Forthcoming).  Political skill, relational control, and the relational self in the process of relational leadership.  In M. Uhl-Bien and S. M. Ospina (Eds.), Advancing relational leadership theory:  A conversation among perspectives:  Leadership horizons series.  Charlotte, NC:  Information Age Publishing.

Treadway, D. C., Bentley, J. R., & Williams, L. V. (Forthcoming).  Political skill and leadership.  In D. V. Day (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Leadership and Organizations.  Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Treadway, D. C., Breland, J. W., Yang, J., Shaughnessy, B. A., Stepina, L. P., & Moeller, M.  (In press).  Participation and procedural justice:  The role of national culture.  International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management.

Treadway, D. C., Duke, A. B., Perrewe, P. L., Breland, J. W., & Goodman, J. M.  (2011).  Time may change me:  The impact of future time perspective on the relationship between work-family demands and employee commitment.  Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 41, 1659-1679.

Treadway, D. C., Breland, J. W., Adams, G. L., & Duke, A. B.  (2010).  The interactive effects of political skill and future time perspective on career and community networking behavior.  Social Networks, 138-147.

Hochwarter, W. A., Ferris, G. R., Laird, M. D., Treadway, D. C., & Gallagher, V. C.  (2010).  Non-linear politics perceptions--work outcomes relationships:  A three-study, five-sample investigation.  Journal of Management, 36, 740-763.

Treadway, D. C., Adams, G. L., Ranft, A. L., & Ferris, G. R.  (2009).  A meso-level conceptualization of CEO celebrity effectiveness.  The Leadership Quarterly, 20, 554-570.

Brouer, R. L., Duke, A. B., Treadway, D. C., & Ferris, G. R.  (2009).  The moderating effect of political skill on the demographic dissimilarity--leader member exchange quality relationship.  The Leadership Quarterly, 20, 61-69.

Harvey, M. G., Treadway, D. C., Heames, J. T., & Duke, A. B.  (2009).  Bullying in the 21st century global organization:  An ethical perspective.  Journal of Business Ethics, 81, 27-40.

Treadway, D.C., Ferris, G.R., Duke, A.B., Adams, G.L., & Thatcher, J.B. (2007). The moderating role of subordinate political skill on supervisors' impressions of subordinate ingratiation and ratings of subordinate interpersonal facilitation. Journal of Applied Psychology, 92, 848-855.

Ferris, G.R., Treadway, D.C., Brouer, R., Perrewe, P.L., Douglas, C., & Lux, S. (2007). Political skill in organizations. Journal of Management, 33, 290-320.

Kolodinsky, R.W., Treadway, D.C., & Ferris, G.R. (2007). Political skill and influence effectiveness: Testing portions of an expanded Ferris and Judge model. Human Relations, 60, 1747-1777.

Hochwarter, W.A., Witt, L.A., Treadway, D.C., & Ferris, G.R. (2006). The interaction of social skill and organizational support on job performance. Journal of Applied Psychology, 91, 482-489.

Treadway, D.C., Ferris, G.R., Perrewe, P.L., Hochwarter, W.A., Witt, L.A., & Goodman, J.M. (2005). The of age in the perceptions of politics - job performance relationship: A three-study constructive replication. Journal of Applied Psychology, 90, 872-881.

Treadway, D.C., Hochwarter, W.A., Kacmar, C.J., & Ferris, G.R., (2005). Political will, political skill, and political behavior. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 26, 229-245.

Treadway, D.C., Adams, G.L., & Goodman, J.M. (2005). An evaluation of political sub-climates: Predictions from social identity, structuration, and symbolic interactionism. Journal of Business and Psychology, 20, 201-209.

Ferris, G.R., Treadway, D.C., Kolodinsky, R.W., Hochwarter, W.A., & Frink, D.D. (2005). Development and validation of the political skill inventory. Journal of Management, 31, 126-152.

Treadway, D.C., Hochwarter, W.A., Ferris, G.R., Kacmar, C.J., Douglas, C., Ammeter, A.P., & Buckley, M.R. (2004). Leader political skill and employee reactions. The Leadership Quarterly, 15, 493-513.

Professional Associations

  • Academy of Management
  • American Psychological Association
  • Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • Southern Management Association


  • Fellow, United States Academy of Workplace Bullying, Mobbing, and Abuse, 2014 - present, Workplace Bullying Institute.
  • Faculty Affiliate, Alberti Center for Bullying and Abuse Prevention, 2013 - present, University at Buffalo.
  • Recipient, Most Outstanding Paper, Journal of American Business, 2013.
  • Recipient, Highly Commended Paper, Journal of Managerial Psychology, 2013.
  • Milton Plesur Excellence in Teaching Award, University at Buffalo, 2011
  • Best Paper Award, Journal of Management, 2010
  • UB Exceptional Scholar Award, Young Investigator, 2009
  • Dean's Research Fellowship, 2009
  • Citation of Excellence, Emerald Publishing, 2007
  • Outstanding MBA Professor, Ole Miss, 2007
  • Outstanding Junior Faculty Researcher, Ole Miss, 2006
  • Citation of Excellence, Emerald Publishing, 2005
  • Outstanding Junior Faculty Researcher, Ole Miss, 2004

Consulting Activities

Treadway has served as a consultant on issues relating to motivation, turnover, performance, leadership and change for companies in the financial services, retail, hospitality and education industries.