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Kenneth W. Thomas
Professor Emeritus
Mail Code: GB/Th
Graduate School of Business and Public Policy
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: 831-656-2776
Email: kthomas (at)
PhD - Purdue, 1971
BA - Pomona College, 1965
  • 1986 - present Professor
  • 1981 - 1986 - Associate Professor, Professor, and Director of PhD Program, Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh
  • 1977 - 1981 - Associate Professor, School of Business Administration, Temple University
  • 1969 - 1977 - Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Management, UCLA
  • 1968 - 1968 - Research Fellow, Harvard Business School
  • Organization and management
  • Worker empowerment and self-management
  • Intrinsic work motivation (rewards received from work itself)
  • Cognitive habits that contribute to intrinsic motivation and stress
  • Leadership (especially that which builds intrinsic work motivation and worker self-management)
  • Management of conflict
  • Training video, "Dealing with Conflict" (CRM Films, 1992) won Silver Telly Award
  • Training instrument, "Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument," (Palo Alto, CA: Consulting Psychologista Press, 1974) has sold over three million copies
  • Departmental representative to NPS Academic Council, 1989-91 Chair of Ph.D. subcommittee, NPS Academic Council, 1990-91
  • Thomas, K. W. and Velthouse, B. A., Cognitive Elements of Empowerment: An 'Interpretive' Model of Intrinsic Task Motivation, Academy of Management Review, 1990, Volume 15, Number 4, pp. 666-681.
  • Thomas, K. W., Conflict and Negotiation Processes in Organizations. In Volume 3 of M. D. Dunnette & L. M. Hough (editors), Handbook of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2nd ed. (Palo Alto, CA: Consulting Psychologists Press, 1992).
  • Kilmann, R. H., Thomas, K. W., Slevin, D. P., Nath, R., and Jerrell, S. L. (eds.), Producing Useful Knowledge for Organizations. (San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 1994).
  • Thomas, K. W., Intrinsic Motivation at Work: Building Energy and Commitment, (San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler,2000)
  • Thomas, K. W., Introduction to Conflict Management: Improving Performance Using the TKI, (Palo Alto, CA: Consulting Psychologists Press, 2002)
  • (Other Publications)
  • Keywords: Intrinsic Motivation, Empowerment, Leadership, Stress, Conflict

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