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Mark Somers

Somers, Mark
Professor of Management & Organizational Behavior, School Of Management
3025 CAB

About Me

Mark Somers is a Professor of Management and Organizational Behavior in the Martin Tuchman School of Management. He came to academia after spending time in industry at IBM, DDB Worldwide, and Citibank where he worked in strategic marketing and management groups.

Dr. Somers’ research is focused on employee socialization and commitment and its consequences including employee turnover, absenteeism, and job performance. More recent work is focused on nonlinear models in organizational research with an emphasis neural networks as applied to turnover, employee well-being, and the structure of work. Dr. Somers has published 40 articles in leading journals including: Organizational Research Methods, Journal of Applied Psychology, Human Relations, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Journal of Vocational Behavior.


• BS, Psychology,Tulane University
• MBA, Industrial-Organizational Psychology,Baruch College
• Ph.D.,Business with specialization in Organizational Behavior,City University of New York

Honors & Awards

University Teaching Excellence Award, Innovative Teaching, 2007

Master Teacher Designation, 2014

Courses Taught

HRM 301 Organizational Behavior
HRM 303 Human Resources Management
HRM 601 Organizational Behavior
MGMT 699 Management Consulting

Research Interests

Work Commitment and Employee Socialization

Applications of Artificial Neural Networks in Organizational Research

Occupational and Professional Socialization

Cognitive Mapping and Student Learning

Narcissism in Organizations


Somers, M. & Casal, J. (in press). Introducing neural computing in governance research: Applying self-organizing maps to configurational studies. Corporate Governance: An International Review.
Naatus, M., Pon, K., Passerini, K. & Somers, M. (2015). Do We Know What They Know?:Comparing US abd French Students’ Knowledge of Core Business Concepts. Journal of Management Development, 34, 922-940.
Somers, M., Passerini, K. Parhankangas, A. & Casal, J (2014). Management Education and the Professions. Organization Management Journal, 11, 47-56.
Somers, M., Passerini, K., Parhankangas, A. & Casal, J. (2014). Using Mind Maps to Study How Business School Faculty Organize and Apply General Business Knowledge. International Journal of Management Education, 12, 1-13.
Somers, M. and Casal, J. (2011). Type of Wrongdoing and Whistle-Blowing: Further Evidence that Type of Wrongdoing Affect the Whistle-Blowing Process. Public Personnel Management, 40, 151-164
Somers, M. 2010. Using the Theory of the Professions to Understand the IS Identity Crisis. European Journal of Information Systems, 19, 382-388.
Somers, M., 2010. Patterns of Attachment to Organizations: Commitment Profiles and Work Outcomes. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 83, 443-453.
Somers, M., Finch, L. and Birnbaum, L., 2010. Marketing Nursing as a Profession: Integrated Marketing Strategies to Address the Nursing Shortage Health Marketing Quarterly, 27, 291-306.
Somers, M .and Casal, J., 2009. Using Artificial Neural Networks to Model Nonlinearity: The Case of the Job Satisfaction--Job Performance Relationship. Organizational Research Methods, 12, 403-417