Niclas Erhardt, PhD
Associate Dean – Maine Business School
Associate Professor of Management
NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative
D.P. Corbett Business Building room 334
Dr. Erhardt received his Ph.D. from the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University. He holds a BS degree from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. He also holds two MS degrees in Industrial Relations from Iowa State University and Rutgers University.
Dr. Erhardt has a wide research interest on a range of topics including: knowledge work, creativity, virtual teamwork, workplace dynamics, Strategic HRM and intra- and inter-firm collaboration. His work has been cited over 2100 times and published in journals including Journal of Management, Human Resource Management Review, Corporate Governance: An International Review, Management Learning, Management Communication Quarterly, and Small Group Research. He is also serving on the Editorial Board of Small Group Research. At UMaine, he is the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative, a Faculty Leadership Fellow, and serves on the University Research Council. Dr. Erhardt also works closely with a number of firms across various industries focusing on Human Resource Management issues, driving creative teamwork and managing workplace dynamics.
- BUA 326: Organizational Behavior
- BUA 330: Human Resource Management
- BUA 331: Labor-Management Relations
- BUA 490: Sports Management
- BUA 626: Management of Contemporary Organizations
- BUA 630: Human Resource Management
Peer Reviewed Publications
Erhardt, N., Martin-Rios, C. & Heckscher. Am I doing the right thing? Unpacking workplace rituals as mechanisms for strong organizational culture. International Journal of Hospitality Management. (Forthcoming).
Erhardt, N. & Martin-Rios, C. Knowledge Management Systems in Sports: The Role of Organizational Structure, Tacit and Explicit Knowledge. Journal of Information and Knowledge Management. (Forthcoming).
Martin-Rios, C. & Erhardt, N. Small Business Activity and Knowledge Exchange in Informal Interfirm Networks. International Small Business Journal. (Forthcoming).
Rubinstein, S., Martin-Rios, C., Erhardt, N., Gittell, J. & George, V. P. Organizational responses to uncertainty in airline operations control: Changes in patterns of communication networks. Journal of Air Transport Management. (Forthcoming).
Erhardt, N., Gibbs, J., Martin-Rios, C. & Sherblom, J. (2016). Exploring Affordances of Email for Team Learning Over Time. Small Group Research, 47(3): 243–278.
Erhardt, N., Martin-Rios, C. & Harkins, J. (2014). Knowledge flow from the top: The importance of teamwork structure in team sports. European Sport Management Quarterly, 14(4): 345-374.
Erhardt, N. & Gibbs, J. L. (2014). The Dialectical Nature of Impression Management in Knowledge Work: Unpacking Tensions in Media Use between Managers and Subordinates. Management Communication Quarterly, May issue: 155-186.
Miles, P. & Erhardt, N. (2014). Top Management Diversity is Just Good Business: Using CSR Measures to Explore the Diversity-firm Performance Link. Journal of Business and Economics, 5(4): 449-461.
Harkins, J., Erhardt, N. & Finegold, D. (2012). Reconsidering the link between human resource management and firm strategy for firms at the beginning and end of the organizational life cycle. European Journal of Business Research, 12(1): 59-70.
Gardner, T., Erhardt, N. & Martin-Rios, C. (2011). Rebranding Employment Branding: Establishing a New Research Agenda to Explore the Attributes, Antecedents, and Consequences of Workers’ Employment Brand Knowledge. Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management, 30: 253-304.
Erhardt, N. L. (2011). Is it all about teamwork? Understanding processes in team-based knowledge work. Management Learning, 41(1): 87-112.
Martin-Rios, C. & Erhardt, N. L. (2008). Organizational knowledge transfer through human resource management: International diffusion of managerial performance management. European Journal of International Management. Special Issue on “Global Performance Management in the European Context” D. Briscoe & L. Claus (Eds.)
Lepak, D., Bartol, K. & Erhardt, N. (2005). A contingency framework for the delivery of HR practices. Human Resource Management Review, 15(2): 139-159.
Jackson, S. E., Joshi, A., & Erhardt, N. (2003). Recent Research on Team and Organizational Diversity: SWOT Analysis and Implications. Journal of Management, 29(6): 801-830.
Erhardt, N. L., Werbel, J.D., & Shrader, C. B. (2003). Board of Director Diversity and Firm Financial Performance. Corporate Governance: An International Review, 11(2): 102-111. Republished in the 20th Anniversary (2012) Issue of the ten most cited papers per year in this journal.
Eisenberg, J., Gibbs, J. L., & Erhardt, N. (2016). The role of vertical and shared leadership in virtual team collaboration. (pp. 22-42). In C. M. Graham (Ed.), Strategic management and leadership for systems development in virtual spaces. IGI Global.
Finegold, D., Erhardt, N. & Sako, M (2009). Offshoring Knowledge Work: How Far Can It Go? A Case Study of Bioscience Companies. Chapter in Carettas, K. E. (Ed), Outsourcing, Teamwork and Business Management, 1-14. Nova Science Publisher.
Lepak, D.P., Takeuchi, R., Erhardt, N., & Colakoglu, S. (2006). HRM and Performance. R. Burke and C. Cooper (eds.),The Human Resources Revolution: Research and Practice, 31-54. Rutledge Press.
Jackson, S. E. & Erhardt, N. L. (2004). Building Social Connections to Gain the Knowledge Advantage. Chapter in M. Goldsmith, E. Morris and A. Ogg (eds.), Leading Organizational Learning: Harnessing the Power of Knowledge, 255-265. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Erhardt, N. L. (2010). The International Mobility of Talent: Types, Causes, and Development Impact. Andres Solimano (Ed). Human Resource Management, 49(2): 337-339.
Erhardt, N. & Manev, I. Linking collaboration with improved administration: A commentary on Heckscher and Martin-Rios’ article on collaborative universities. To appear in: Revista Internacional de Sociologia.
Peer Reviewed Proceedings
Miles, P. & Erhardt, N. Managing an effective workforce through diversity practices: Using CSR measures to explore the diversity-firm performance link. Decision Science Institute conference, Baltimore, November, 2013.
Erhardt, N. & Harkins, J. Knowledge Transfer Across Hierarchical Lines: The Importance of Structure and Type of Knowledge. Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management Meeting, Orlando, August, 2013.
Peer Reviewed Conference Presentations
Erhardt, N. and Martin-Rios, C. Am I doing the right thing? Learning core values through symbolic social actions. European Academy of Management (EURAM), Paris, France, June 2016.
Erhardt, N. & Martin-Rios, C. Learning Through Rituals in Restaurants: Exploring the Link Between Rituals, Values, and Organizational Culture. Paper accepted at: Southern Management Society Meeting, St. Pete Beach, Florida, October 2015.
Harkins, J. & Erhardt, N. Do Opposite Attract? Exploring Who Micro Firm Owners Hire and Why. Paper accepted at: Southern Management Society Meeting, St. Pete Beach, Florida, October 2015.
Eisenberg, J., Gibbs, J. & Erhardt, N. Shared Leadership in Virtual Teams: Contingencies of Collective Team Leadership in Virtual Teams. Academy of Management Meeting, Vancouver, Canada, August 2015.
Erhardt, N. Deakin, J. & Martin-Rios, C. Organizational Learning of Values in Restaurants: Unpacking Rituals as Learning Mechanisms. European Academy of Management (EURAM), Warsaw, Poland, June 2015.
Erhardt, N. & Martin-Rios, C. Exploring how and when team learning occurs through email use over time. European Academy of Management (EURAM), Valencia, August 2014.
Miles, P. & Erhardt, N. Managing an effective workforce through diversity practices: Using CSR measures to explore the diversity-firm performance link. Decision Science Institute Conference, Baltimore, November 2013.
Erhardt, N. & Harkins, J. Knowledge transfer across hierarchical lines: The importance of structure and type of knowledge. The Academy of Management Meeting, Orlando, August 2013.
Harkins, J. & Erhardt, N. Who should stay, who should go? The role of core knowledge in early startups. The Academy of Management Meeting, Orlando, August 2013.
Martin-Rios, C., Erhardt, N., & Septiem, M. Inter-firm exchange of HRM knowledge in collaborative networks. European Academy of Management, Istanbul, Turkey, June 2013.
Young, K., Erhardt, N., & Gibbs, J. The coevolution of communication networks and expertise recognition-induced information- seeking behaviors. International Communication Association Conference, London, June 2013.
Erhardt, N., Harkins, J., & Martin-Rios, C. Lessons from the locker room: Managerial capabilities for knowledge flow in tall and flat organizations. Global Innovation and Knowledge Academy (GIKA) Conference, Valencia, Spain, July 2013.
Erhardt, N., Martin-Rios, C. & Heckscher, C. Learning from Sports Teams: Unpacking Mechanisms for Team Knowledge. Paper presented at the 11th World Congress of the International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management (IFSAM), Limerick, Ireland, June 2012.
Erhardt, N., Martin-Rios, C. & Heckscher, C. Understanding the role of interdependence in team knowledge. Academy of Management Meeting, Boston, August 2012.
Erhardt, N. Martin-Rios, C. & Heckscher, C. Exchanging, Creating and Learning: Unpacking Team Knowledge across Interdependent Contexts. European Academy of Management Conference, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, June 2012.
Gibbs, J. & Erhardt, N. Managing Impressions in Team-Based Knowledge Work: Political Tactics Motivating Media Use. International Communication Association Phoenix, Arizona, May 2012.
Gardner, T., Erhardt, N. & Martin-Rios, C. Rebranding Employment Branding: A Conceptual Framework for Worker Based Employment Brand Equity. The Academy of Management Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, August 2011.
Erhardt, N.L. Is teamwork the right way to go? Exploring teamwork processes in team-based knowledge work. Academy of Management Meeting in Montreal, August 2010.
Erhardt, N. L., & Gibbs, J. L. Politics in Team-Based Knowledge Work: Links between Strategic Ambiguity, Status Differentials and Media Use. The Academy of Management Meeting in Chicago, August 2009
Erhardt, N. L. Strategic Human Resource Management in the Hospitality Industry. Maine Work Force Development Conference, Hallowell, Maine, May 2009
Erhardt, N. L., & Gibbs, J. L. Dynamics in team-based knowledge work: Linking strategic ambiguity and status differentials and media use. The National Communication Association Convention, in San Diego, CA, November 2008.
Erhardt, N. L. Structural problems and knowledge distribution: Ideal types of team-based knowledge work. The Academy of Management Meeting in Philadelphia, August 2007.
Martin-Rios, C & Erhardt, N. L. Knowledge Work in Global Teams: A Prescriptive Framework and Empirical Test. The Academy of Management Meeting in Philadelphia, August 2007.
Rubinstein, S., Heckscher, C., Erhardt, N., Michael, B., Organizational Collaboration and the Quality of Health Care Deliver, LERA Annual Meeting, Chicago, January 2007.
Erhardt, N. Team-Based Knowledge Work: The Role of Virtual and Face-to-Face Behaviors in Mobilizing Knowledge. The Academy of Management Meeting in Atlanta, August 2006.
Hoffer Gittell, J., Rubinstein, S., Martin-Rios, C., & Erhardt, N. Cross-Boundary Coordination Under Stress: Relationships as a Source of Resilience. Completed data collection. The Academy of Management Meeting in Atlanta, August 2006.
Rubinstein, S., Martín-Ríos, C., & Erhardt, N. L. Cross-Boundary Coordination and Organizational Performance. The Labor and Employment Relations Association meeting in Boston, Jannuary 2006.
Lepak, D. & Erhardt, N. Human Resources in the 21st Century: Discerning between Enduring Trends and Temporary Fads. The Academy of Management Meeting, Honolulu August 2005.
Lepak, D., Erhardt, N. & Colakoglu, S. Rational and Emotional Attributions of HR practices. Paper accepted for SHRM symposium at The Academy of Management Meeting, Honolulu August 2005.
Rubinstein, S., Martín-Ríos, C., & Erhardt, N. L. Cross-Boundary Coordination and Airline Performance. The Labor and Employment Relations Association meeting in Philadelphia, Jannuary 2005.
Erhardt, N. L. Managing Critical Knowledge-Workers for Sustained Competitive Advantage: Challenges for Strategic Human Resource Management. The Academy of Management Meeting, New Orleans, August 2004.
Jackson, S. E., Joshi, A., and Erhardt, N. L. SWOT analysis of recent research of team diversity. TheInternational Human Resource Management Conference, Limerick, Ireland, June 2003.
Erhardt, N. L. Diversity in the Board Room: Its impact on Firm Financial Performance, Strategic Management Society conference, Baltimore, November, 2003.
Erhardt, N. L. Enablers and Barriers for Individuals’ Willingness and Ability to Share Knowledge: An Analysis Towards an Exploratory Study. Second Annual Knowledge Management Doctoral Consortium, Queen’s Center for Knowledge-Based Enterprises, Kingston, Ontario, October 2003.
Erhardt, N. L., Werbel, J. D., & Shrader, C. B. The effect of executive board and corporate officer’s diversity on organizational performance. The Academy of Management Meeting, Denver, Colorado, August 2002.
Erhardt, N. L. & Garcia, C. Rituals of democracy: The academic personnel selection process in higher learning institutions. American Anthropological Association, Chicago, Fall 2001.
Erhardt, N. L. & Garcia, C. The effects of EU and NAFTA on Sweden and Mexico’s economy. The 27th Third World Conference, Chicago, IL, Spring 1997.
Honors and Awards
- Maine Business School Outstanding Teaching and Leadership Award, 2015
- University of Maine Faculty Fellow, 2013
- Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management – Summer, 2013
- Outstanding Reviewer Award, OB Div. Academy of Management – Summer, 2013
- Outstanding Research Award, Maine Business School – Spring, 2013
- Outstanding Research Award, Maine Business School – Spring, 2012
- University of Maine, Summer Faculty Research Competition Award – Summer, 2012
- The Innovation Engineering Faculty Research Award – Summer, 2012
- Outstanding Reviewer Award, OB Div. Academy of Management – Summer, 2010
- Who’s Who in America – 2010
Ad Hoc Reviewer for Peer Reviewed Journals
- Human Relations
- Journal of Knowledge Management
- Small Group Research
- Management Learning
- Information Systems Research
- Journal of Business Research
- Group & Organization Management
- Corporate Governance: An International Review
- American Behavioral Scientist
- European Management Review
- Journal of Women, Politics, & Policy
- Feminist Economics
- The Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas (Ivie)
Editorial Board Member
- Small Group Research
- Flat World Knowledge