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Chad Brinsfield

Associate Professor

  • Education
  • B.B.A., Business Administration, Bluffton College 
    M.B.A., The Ohio State University 
    Ph.D., Labor & Human Resources, The Ohio State University
  • Research Interests
  • Silence and voice in organizations, trust and workplace commitments.

Chad Brinsfield, PhD, is an associate professor of management at the University of St. Thomas. He earned his MBA, and PhD in labor and human resources from The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business. Brinsfield has extensive industry experience in manufacturing and logistics, including positions as a division manager for an international automotive parts manufacturer and is the founder and president of a commercial distribution corporation. He has conducted research on the topics of silence and voice in organizations, trust and workplace commitments.


  • Duan, J., Bao, C., Huang, C., & Brinsfield, C. T. (forthcoming). Authoritarian leadership and employee silence in China: The effects of sychological safety, organization-based self-esteem, and power distance orientation. Journal of Management and Organization,
  • Klein, H. J., Brinsfield, C. T., Cooper, J. T., & Molloy, J. C. (forthcoming). Quondam commitments: An examination of commitments employees no longer have.. Academy of Management Discoveries,
  • Lewicki, R. J., & Brinsfield, C. T. (2017). Trust repair. Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, (4), pp. 13.1-13.27
  • Brinsfield, C. T. (2013). Employee silence motives: Investigation of dimensionality and development of measures. Journal of Organizational Behavior, (34), pp. 671-697
  • Klein, H. J., Molloy, J. C., & Brinsfield, C. T. (2012). Reconceptualizing workplace commitment to redress a stretched construct: Revisiting assumptions and removing confounds. Academy of Management Review, (37)(1), pp. 130-151
  • Klein, H. K., & Brinsfield, C. T. (forthcoming). Handbook of Employee Commitment. In J. Meyer (Ed.), Affective consequences of commitment. Edward Elgar
  • Lewicki, R. J., & Brinsfield, C. T. (2015). Handbook of Research Methods on Trust, 2nd ed. In F. Lyon, G. Möllering & M. N. K. Saunders (Ed.), Trust research: Measuring trust beliefs and behaviors. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar
  • Klein, H. J., & Brinsfield, C. T. (2012). The Oxford Handbook of Work Attitudes and Affect. In H. Weiss (Ed.), Workplace commitments. Routledge/Taylor and Francis
  • Lewicki, R. J., & Brinsfield, C. T. (2011). Handbook of Research Methods on Trust, 1st ed. In F. Lyon, G. Möllering and N.K. Saunders (Ed.), Measuring trust beliefs and behaviors. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar
  • Lewicki, R. J., & Brinsfield, C. T. (2010). Framing Matters: Perspectives on Negotiation Research and Practice in Communication. In Donohue, W. A., Rogan, R. R., & Kaufman, S. (Ed.), Framing trust: Trust as a heuristic (pp. 110-135). New York: Peter Lang Publishing
  • Brinsfield, C. T., Edwards, M., & Greenberg, J. (2008). Employee Voice and Silence in Organizations. In J. Greenberg & M. Edwards (Ed.), Voice and silence in organizations: historical review & current conceptualizations Ch. 1 (pp. 3-33). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing
  • Lewicki, R., & Brinsfield, C. T. (2007). Social Capital: Reaching Out, Reaching In. In V. Bartkus & J. Davis (Ed.), Trust, distrust, and building social capital (pp. 275-303). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar
  • Alge, B., Greenberg, J., & Brinsfield, C. T. (2006). Research in Personnel & Human Resource Management - Vol 25. In J.J. Martocchio (Ed.), An identity based model of organizational monitoring: Integrating information privacy and organizational justice (pp. 71-135). San Diego, CA: Elsevier Ltd

  • Academy of Management
  • Academy of Management Review, Reviewer
  • Academy of Management, Reviewer
  • Group and Organization Management, Reviewer
  • Journal of Business Ethics, Reviewer
  • Journal of Management Inquiry, Reviewer
  • Personnel Review, Reviewer

  • Associate Professor, University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul / Minneapolis (2015 - present)
  • Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2009 - 2015)
  • Adjunct Faculty Instructor, Franklin University, Columbus (2007 - 2009)
  • Instructor, Ohio State University, Columbus (2005 - 2008)
  • Teaching Assistant, Ohio State University, Columbus (2003 - 2005)
  • Research Assistant, Ohio State University, Columbus (2003 - 2005)
  • Founder and President, Pathfinder Distribution, Inc, Delaware (1996 - 2003)
  • Consultant, Guardian Automotive Production, Inc., Upper Sandusky (1996 - 1998)
  • General Manager, Guardian Automotive Production, Inc., Upper Sandusky (1993 - 1996)
  • Logistics Manager, Guardian Automotive Production, Inc., Upper Sandusky (1992 - 1993)
  • Marketing & Operations Manager, Guardian Automotive Production, Inc., Upper Sandusky (1993 - 1993)
  • Systems Developer, Guardian Automotive Production, Inc., Upper Sandusky (1991 - 1992)
  • Department Supervisor, Guardian Automotive Production, Inc., Upper Sandusky (1990 - 1991)
  • Purchasing Agent & Inventory Control Manager, Milcor/Lima Register, Lima (1986 - 1990)