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James Farr
Professor of Psychology

Ph. D., University of Maryland, 1971


Mailing Address

Department of Psychology
The Pennsylvania State University
439 Beam Bldg
University Park, PA 16802-31


814 863-1734


814 863-7002

Research Interests

James Farr's research interests are in the area of industrial/organizational psychology with emphasis on personnel selection, performance management, and work motivation. Current research projects are concerned with factors influencing  work team innovation and creativity; the evaluation of employee training systems; the effects of individual and workgroup factors on performance feedback seeking and giving; factors affecting work performance evaluations; and issues related to older workers' job performance and motivation.

Recent Publications

Farr, J.L. & Levy, P.E.  (2006).  Performance Appraisal.  In L.L. Koppes (Ed.), Historical Perspectives in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, pp. 311-327.  Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Farr, J.L. & Jacobs, R. (2006).  Trust Us: New Perspectives on Performance Appraisal. In W. Bennett, D. Woehr, & C. Lance (Eds)., Performance Measurement: Current Perspectives and Future Challenges, pp. 321-337. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Chen, T.T. & Farr, J.L. (2007). An empirical test of the glass ceiling effect for Asian Americans in science and engineering. In Burke, R. & Mattis, M.(Eds.), Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, pp. 128-156.  Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Farr, J.L. & Tran, V. (2007).  Linking innovation and creativity with human resource strategies and practices: A matter of fit or flexibility?  In M.D. Mumford, S.T. Hunter, & K.E. Bedell-Avers (Eds.), Multi-level Issues in Creativity and Innovation, pp. 377-392.  Oxford, UK: Elsevier.

Farr, J.L. & Schwall, A.R. (2008).  New employment structures: Varieties of impact on aging workers.  In Schaiae, W. & Abeles, R. (Eds.), Social Structures and Aging Individuals: Continuing Challenges, pp. 213-230.  New York: Springer.

Bledow, R., Frese, M., Anderson, N., Erez, M., & Farr, J. (2009). A dialectic perspective on innovation: Conflicting demands, multiple pathways, and ambidexterity. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 2, 305-337.

Bledow, R., Frese, M., Anderson, N., Erez, M., & Farr, J. (2009). Extending and refining the dialectic perspective on innovation: There is nothing as practical as a good theory; nothing as theoretical as a good practice. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 2, 363-373.

Hammond, M.H., Neff, N.L., Farr, J.L., Schwall, A.R., & Zhao, X. (in press). Predictors of individual-level innovation at work: A meta-analysis. [Special issue on the psychology of creativity and innovation in the workplace.] Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts.

Farr, J.L. & Tippins, N.T. (in press). Employee selection in work organizations: Introduction and overview.  In

Farr, J.L. and Tippins, N.T. (Eds.), Handbook of Employee Selection.  New York: Psychology Press (Taylor & Francis Group).