Kerri C. Brannen

Kerri A. Crowne Brannen, PhD

  • Professor
Media Expertise:
  • Business Administration

Affiliated Programs


  • PhD, Human Resources Administration and Organizational Behavior (2007)
    Temple University (PA)
  • MBA, International Business (2002)
    La Salle University (PA)
  • BS, Finance (1998)
    La Salle University (PA)

About Me

I am continuously learning how to be a more effective teacher, and I feel this is critical for a college professor. I want to learn from each classroom experience so I am a better instructor in the next class, and I believe that the evidence of this exists in how my courses are constantly evolving.

My overall goal is to create challenging and interesting experience for students while also providing them with useful knowledge as they begin their professional careers. Not only should I be aware of the current news and business reports, but also the best methods for teaching information to my students.

I attend teaching conferences such as the Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference and have discussions with other instructors to discover more effective teaching methods. Each semester, I actively encourage feedback from my students by asking them to be descriptive in their comments.  Additionally, I want to be seen as a caring teacher who is not only interested in their academic success, but also their success in life.  

Research Interests

My research interests are related to organizational behavior and human resources with specific interests in emotional intelligence, cultural intelligence, social intelligence, and leadership, which are all areas that have current relevance to researchers and practitioners.  More recently, I have found that the cultural intelligence field is such an emerging area that there are many opportunities to create new research streams that I believe I will be focusing more on in the future. Additionally, I have become interested in online social networks and their implications for expatriates and repatriates.  

Media Expertise

  • Emotional intelligence
  • Social intelligence
  • Cultural intelligence
  • International human resources
  • Organizational behavior
  • Cultural exposure
  • Expatriation
  • Repatriation
  • Older workers


  • Crowne, K.A., Young, T. M., Goldman, B., Patterson, B., Krouse, A. M., & Proenca, J. (In Press). Leading nurses: emotional intelligence and leadership development effectiveness. Leadership in Health Services.

  • Crowne, K. A. & Engle, R. L. (2016).  Antecedents of cross-cultural adaptation stress in short-term international assignments. Organization Management Journal, 13 (1): 32-47.

  • Crowne, K.A., Goeke, R. J., & Shoemaker, M. (2015). Enhancing international assignees’ performance with online social networks. Journal of Global Mobility, 3 (4): 397 - 417.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Academy of Management (AOM), Academy of International Business (AIB), OBTS The Teaching Society for Management Educators, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)


  • SBA Distinguished Research Professor Award (2014)

  • Widener University Faculty Development Options Award (2013–2014)

  • School of Business Administration Widener University Summer Research Grant (2012)

In the Media


  • Associate Professor of Management Kerri Crowne Brannen recently published the article “Does National Culture Influence Peer Evaluations on Global Virtual Teams?” in the Journal of Teaching in International Business. Research for her timely article indicated that cultural variables had a weak effect on peer assessment of performance, and the most influential variable on performance was English language ability. Brennan teaches in the School of Business Administration. 

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  • Business Professor Honored with Outstanding Researcher Award

    Associate Professor Kerri Crowne Brannen received the Outstanding Researcher Award at the 2020 Faculty Awards event. The honor recognizes a faculty member who has exhibited distinction in scholarly work and has made a significant contribution through research to advancing the profession or discipline and the university’s mission. Brannen is a prolific researcher who has published 10 articles in a variety of highly-ranked journals over the last five years. She is an internationally recognized scholar and some of her work addresses the role of cultural and emotional intelligences on transformational leadership, which in turn drives change in the workplace. She has also explored her field through award-winning research linked to her use of high-impact teaching practices, which has enriched the education of Widener’s business majors. Much of her research has been carried out collaboratively with colleagues at Widener and elsewhere. She is also Co-Editor-in-Chief of Organizational Management Journal.

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  • School of Business Administration Faculty Publish Article on Career-Preparedness Activities in Business Curriculum

    Several faculty in the School of Business Administration, including Associate Professor Kerri Crowne Brannen, Assistant Professor Danielle Durant, Assistant Professor Yamuna Baburaj, Professor Donna McCloskey, and Assistant Dean Lou Anne Vike, as well as Peter Hornberger and Maureen Brown, co-authored an article in the November 2020 issue of the International Journal of Management Education. The article, titled "A program for embedding career activities in multiple core business courses," details a Widener program for embedding career-preparedness into the undergraduate business curriculum.

    The program ensures every student in the School of Business Administration is provided with adequate career-preparedness training, and the school is well-positioned to achieve high job placement rates.

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  • Three Business Faculty Win the Excellence in Research Journal Awards

    IGI Global announced that Associate Professor Richard Goeke, Associate Professor Kerri Crowne Brannen, and Associate Professor Dennis Laker won the 11th Annual Excellence in Research Journal Awards in the category of library and information science. Their article "The Effect of Education on Information Systems Success: Lessons from Human Resources," published in the Information Resources Management Journal, was recognized as one of 11 journal articles from the 2018 volume year that showcased forward-thinking research and outstanding scholarship.

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