Skip to content

Goolsby Scholar coauthors paper on character and organizational research

February 10, 2014--Victor Isaias Gonzalez Hernandez, Goolsby Scholar and senior international business major, coauthored the paper “A Person’s Character is the Firm Foundation: A Review and Application to Organizational Research” to be published in “Research in Management, Volume 10/Advances in Authentic and Ethical Leadership.”  

Lee W. Brown (’06 B.B.A.), management department Ph.D. candidate; James Campbell Quick, Ph.D., professor of leadership and organizational behavior and John and Judy Goolsby-Jacqualyn A. Fouse Endowed Chair; and Cary L. Cooper, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Management at Lancaster University, co-authored the paper.  

The paper is one of several outcomes from the collaborative Goolsby and West Point grant research program in leadership that began in 2007. Gonzalez Hernandez became involved with the article in Spring 2013, when he was awarded a McNair Summer Research Internship, and contributed some instrumental pieces to the work. 

“Victor made the argument that character is the foundation of a person’s identity, and good character becomes a secure foundation for an individual life,” said Quick. “His second key contribution was in the section on honor, which grew out of his own faith tradition blended with Goolsby Cohort 9’s Honor and Integrity Program with Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch in November 2012.” 

Quick noted that the article is important in advocating that character have a more prominent place in organizational research. Their approach is different in terms of the study of character, wherein the authors identify three modes of inquiry: biographical research, clinical inquiry and logical empiricism.