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Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506

Bruce J. Prince

CBA Faculty Fellow
Department of Management
Bruce Prince
Office:4006 Business Building
Mailing Address:3091 Business Building
1301 Lovers Lane 
Manhattan, KS 66506

Research Goals

  • Develop an understanding of institutional context faced by company managers in different country settings and how such factors as societal culture, varieties of capitalism, and regulatory environment influences the adoptions and effectiveness of different human resource management strategies and practices.
  • Develop an understanding of incentive and performance management systems design and implementation strategies to improve organizational performance and competitive advantage.

Current Research & Consulting Projects

  • Global Human Resource Management (HRM) practices. This is the premiere source of comparative data available to researchers. This is used to performance comparative analyses of HRM practices across 40 countries. My present focus in on country adoption patterns of different incentive pay practice configurations and how those practices have differing effectiveness in different institutional settings found in different countries. Societal culture and the varieties of capitalism in use in differing countries is my current focus. In the near future, my focus on incentive practice will be expanded to how more broadly defined “high performance work practices” vary in different countries and different institutional factors explain the differing patterns of adoption. Beyond theoretical development and interest, this research has practical relevance to firms operating in different countries as it provide guidance on the managerial practices most prevalent in those different countries.
  • Configurational perspectives on human resource management practices design and adoption. Research on HRM practices usually approach the HRM practices as independently add to firm performance or employee attitudinal improvements. The reality of organizational practice selection is that combinations or “bundles” of HRM practices are purposively adoptive to meet multiple organizational goals. This research stream focuses on the adoption patterns that organizations select and the factors that contribute to bundle preferences and the resulting organizational performance outcomes.

Major Accomplishments

  • Published an article in Evidence-based Human Resource Management: A Global Forum for Empirical Scholarship on incentive system configuration patterns in organizations in 14 countries. A follow-on study has also been invited to this journal.
  • Published articles in International Journal of Human Resource Management and Journal of Global Information Management on employee information sharing practices in organizations in multiple countries.
  • Awarded a $300K research contract to investigate factors that contribute to student attraction to the food animal veterinarian careers and the factors that contribute to the future demand and supply of food animal veterinaries. While my co-researchers have published several related articles, this research provided guidance for a major food animal veterinary organization in selecting strategies to improve their profession and be more responsive to both student and societal context factors impacting their profession.

Other Contributions

  • Research and guidance for Animal Health-Related Organizations. I recently provided practice management training program for new veterinarians. This is in use at different colleges of veterinary medicine. I also helped a major food animal veterinarian organization by analyzing the projected future supply and demand of veterinarians and the career motivations of students entering this sector.

Areas of Teaching

Human Resource Management, Strategic HRM & Organizational Change, Performance Management & Compensation


Ph D, University of Southern California, 1984.
Major: Business Administration 
Supporting Areas of Emphasis: Organizational Behavior

MA, Brigham Young University, 1977.
Major: Organizational Behavior

BS, Utah State University, 1974.
Major: Business Administration