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Katie P. Desiderio

Katie DesiderioAssistant Professor of Management (2009)

Education
  • B.A., MBA, Wilkes University
  • Ph.D., Barry University
Contact

Email: kdesiderio@moravian.edu
Phone: 610-861-1376
Office: Comenius Hall, Room 202

Areas of Research and/or Expertise

Holding a doctorate in leadership with a specialization in human resource development, Dr. Desiderio’s teaching interests include Management & Organizational Theory, Organizational Behavior, Leadership, Sport Management, Marketing, and Human Resource Management. As per her current research is in the area of flow, finding happiness to optimize performance at work, organizational citizenship behavior, and social justice issues in HRD, she has been able to share her work to encourage the interests of students.

Biography

Katie P. Desiderio, Assistant Professor of Management, holds a MBA from Wilkes University and a Doctorate in the field of leadership with a specialization in human resource development (HRD) from Barry University. Her research interests, in the area of flow and finding happiness to optimize performance at work, stimulate her overall work as a professor. As a collaborator by nature, she embraces research with fellow HRD scholars in the areas of performance, social and transitional justice issues in HRD, perceived leader behavior and organizational citizenship behaviors. She is the advisor to several clubs on campus including the Aspiring Business Leaders & Entrepreneurs (ABLE) Club, Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority, and co-advisor to the student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Her personal mission is one that encompasses lifelong learning, leadership development and performance optimization coupled with a healthy, happy, and moral means for living. Using the principles of the FISH! philosophy [Be There, Play, Make Their Day, and Choose Your Attitude], Desiderio lives life by celebrating each day with the amazing people around her. This mission serves as the theoretical framework for her quest to serve as a moral compass that enriches and transforms the lives of students. After working for several years in corporate marketing, Dr. Desiderio is excited to be able to share her knowledge and experience with students in a career where she has found the essence of embracing flow at work.

Student Engagement

As part of this Organizational Behavior and Leadership course, taught by Dr. Katie P. Desiderio, assistant professor of management, students made ePortfolio presentations to different panels of professionals. Each student was allotted 10-12 minutes to highlight their ePortfolios, which consist of information regarding achievements, experience and self-assessments. A short critique from on-hand panelists followed. Read more: http://www.moravian.edu/news/inCommon2/insideMoravian/2014-04-29/story4.html

This semester, students of Moravian College’s “Mindfulness and Flow in Sport Organizations” course tackled one of the most difficult questions facing a minor league baseball affiliate, “How do you successfully promote an early-season weeknight game?” Boiled down, when the temperatures are hovering around 40 degrees, what will get fans through the turnstiles and into the stands? http://www.moravian.edu/news/inCommon2/insideMoravian/2013-12-10/story4.html

On Oct. 4, the Fan Cave proved to be a great classroom setting for more than 40 Moravian College students and faculty interested in sports and sports management. Mostly comprised of students in the College’s “Mindfulness and Flow in Sport Organizations” course, offered by Katie P. Desiderio, assistant professor of management, the contingent took in a three-hour visit of the Fan Cave, but discussed a lot more than just balls and strikes. Learn more here: http://www.moravian.edu/news/inCommon2/insideMoravian/2013-10-16/story1.html

As the crowd of 9,000-plus fans settled into their seats to watch the 2013 Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game, hosted by the Lehigh Valley IronPigs at Coca-Cola Park on Sept. 17, many in attendance likely couldn’t name the three teams in action. Helping the staff facilitate the game day experience that evening were 30 students enrolled in Moravian College’s “Mindfulness and Flow in Sport Organizations” course, offered by Katie P. Desiderio, assistant professor of management. Learn more here: http://www.moravian.edu/news/inCommon2/insideMoravian/2013-10-08/story2.html

Throughout the fall 2012 semester, students from Dr. Desiderio’s Human Resource Management classes experienced a unique hands-on learning opportunity as they partnered with the Women’s 5K Classic, Inc. Learn more: http://www.moravian.edu/news/inCommon2/2011-2012/12_11_16/article.html

Moravian College stood for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness long before the country’s founding fathers wrote that famous phrase into the Declaration of Independence. But what does “happiness” really mean? Dr. Desiderio explored the essence of the Moravian culture with her FYS students with the help of alumni mentors: http://www.moravian.edu/news/inCommon2/2011-2012/12_11_09/article2.html

Awards/Distinctions
  • 2013 Timothy M. Breidegam Memorial Faculty/ Administrator Service Award, Moravian College
  • 2011 Moravian College Commencement Speaker -- elected by graduating class
  • 2011 Track Chair Assistant Editor, Critical HRD/Social Justice track, AHRD conference
  • 2010 Golden Apple Award winner for teaching excellence sponsored by Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), the national leadership honor society
    • Each academic year, ODK solicits college community votes to honor one faculty member with this prestigious teaching award
  • 2009 Letter to the editor published in the Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre Publishing Co.) November 15, 2009. The Impact of Mentoring.
Academic Publications

Ross, L.R, Desiderio, K.P., Knudstrup, M., Frino, M.G., (2014). Sales Teams or Sales Persons: Performance Implications for Embracing Individualistic and Collectivistic Cultural Values in a Global Marketplace. Performance Improvement Quarterly, 26(4): 53-73.

Frino, M.G., Desiderio, K.P. (2012). Functional Considerations for Gender and Experience as Predictors of Sales Performance in Business-to-Business Sales Organizations. Performance Improvement Quarterly, 24.4.

Kopp, D.M., Nikolovska, I., Desiderio, K.P., & Guterman, J.T. (2011). "Relaaax, I remember the recession in the early 1980s...": Organizational storytelling as a crisis management tool. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 22, 373-385.

Kopp, D.M, Nikolovska, I., Desiderio, K.P., Guterman, J. T. (2011). Organizational storytelling as a crisis management strategy. Human Resource Development Quarterly, (in press).

Djibo, I., Desiderio, K.P., Price, N. (2010). Predicting Temporary Employee's Organizational Commitment and Citizenship Behavior: The Role of Leader Behavior. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 21(4):

Kopp, D.M, Desiderio, K.P., McAtavey, J.M. (2010). When job aids attack: On the social history of dubious job aids. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 21(2): 209-221.

Kopp, D.M, & Desiderio, K.P. (2009) Training's woeful countenance. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 20(1): 135-142.

Academic Conference Proceedings

Frino, M.G., Desiderio, K.P. (2013). Functional Considerations for Gender and Experience as Predictors of Sales Performace in Business-to-Business Sales Organizations. Proceedings of the Academy of Human Resource Development. 2013 International Research Conference, Arlington, VA.

Desiderio, K.P., Kopp, D.M., Nikolovska, I. (2011). The locus of flow: A framework for research and practice. Proceedings of the Academy of Human Resource Development 2011 International Research Conference. Schaumburg, IL.

Kopp, D.M, Nikolovska, I., Desiderio, K.P., Guterman, J. T. (2010). Organizational storytelling as a crisis management strategy. International Conference 2010, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.

Nakov, L., Nikolovska, I., Kopp, D.M, Desiderio, K.P., (2010). The insights of Social and Transitional Justice- Towards a New Global Perspective for HRD. Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Human Resource Development across Europe. Pecs, Hungary.

Kopp, D.M, , Desiderio, K.P., McAtavey, J.M. (2010) When job aids attack: On the social history of dubious job aids. T. Chermak, J. Storberg-Walker, C. Carroll, (Eds.), Proceedings of the Academy of Human Resource Development 2010 International Research Conference. Knoxville, TN.

Djibo, I., Desiderio, K.P., Price, N. (2010) Predicting Temporary Employee's Organizational Commitment and Citizenship Behavior: The Role of Leader Behavior. T. Chermak, J. Storberg-Walker, C. Carroll, (Eds.), Proceedings of the Academy of Human Resource Development 2010 International Research Conference. Knoxville, TN.

Kopp, D.M & Desiderio, K.P. (2009) Training's woeful countenance. Proceedings of the Sixth International Critical Management Studies Conference. Warwick Business School, The University of Warwick, UK.

Kopp, D.M & Desiderio, K.P. (2009) Training's woeful countenance. T. Chermak, J. Storberg-Walker, C. Carroll, (Eds.), Proceedings of the Academy of Human Resource Development 2009 International Research Conference. Washington, D.C.

Industry Associations/Research
  • Academy of Human Resource Development – Associate Proceedings Editor, 2012-2013
  • Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) Member, 2008-present
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Member, 2009-present
  • SHRM Lehigh Valley Student Chapter Co-Chair, 2009-present
  • Current Research: Leadership, Flow, Job Satisfaction, Training & Organizational Behavior
Manuscript Reviewer
  • Human Resource Development Quarterly (HRDQ)
  • Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD)
    • Cutting Edge Committee
    • Dissertation of the Year Committee
Symposium Chair
  • 2013 AHRD International Research Conference of the Americas
  • 2009 AHRD International Research Conference of the Americas
  • 2010 AHRD International Research Conference of the Americas