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Dr. Patricia J. Holahan
Dr. Patricia J. Holahan
Associate Professor
Location:429 Babbio Center
MGT 111
MGT 612
MGT 690
EMT 740
MGT 689
School:  School of Business
Research & Education
  • Ph.D. (1992) Purdue University (Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management)
  • M.Ed. (1981) University of Maryland
  • B.A. (1975) University of Maryland
  • Conflict Management and Team Effectiveness
  • Technology Adoption and Diffusion
  • Innovativeness and New Product Development Processes 
Experience & Service
General Information

Dr. Holahan conducts research on managing new product development teams and the implementation and diffusion of new technology. She has served as a consultant to several Fortune 500 companies advising them on issues related to the installation of self-managing teams, team effectiveness, and team reward and recognition systems

Achievements & Professional Societies
Honors & Awards
  • Awarded multiple NSF research grants to study technology transfer and diffusion processes
  • Bright Idea Award, Conflict Resolution, 2008 
  • Outstanding Research Award, Howe School of Technology Management 2007, 2005
  • Alexander H. Crombie, Distinguished Associate Professor
  • Awarded GE Foundation grant to develop case studies of crossfunctional teamwork
  • Ameritech Scholar, 1990-1991
  • David Ross Fellow, 1989
Grants, Contracts & Funds

Current NSF Awards

Co-PI, ADVANCE Stevens: Creating a Sustainable Culture that Facilitates Recruitment, Retention and Advancement of Women Faculty in STEM, Sept 2013-Aug 2018.

Co-PI, Foundations Integrating Evidence-based Teaching and Learning into the Core Engineering Curriculum, Sept 2015-Aug 2020.


Professional Societies
  • Academy of Management
  • Product Development and Management Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • Interdisciplinary Network of Group  Researchers
  • American Educational Research Association
Selected Publications

  • Holahan, P.J., Lesselroth, B., Adams, K., et al.. (2015). "Beyond technology acceptance to effective technology use: A parsimonious and actionable model.", Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association., 22 (3), 718-729.

  • Holahan, P.J., Sullivan, Z., Markham, S.. (2014). "Product development as core competence: How how product development practices differ for radical, more innovative, and incremental innovations. ", Journal of Product Innovation Management, 31 (2), 329-345.

  • Lesselroth, B., Holahan, P., Adams, K. et al.. (2011). "Primary Care Provider Perceptions and Use of a Novel Medication Reconciliation Technology ", Informatics in Primary Care, 2 (19), 105-118.

  • Holahan, P.J., Mooney, A.C., & Paul, L.F. (2010). "Exploring Geographic Dispersion and Team Tenure as Moderators of the Relationship Between Affective and Task Conflict", Current Topics in Management, Vol. 15.

  • Mooney, A. C., Holahan, P. J., & Amason, A. C.. (2007). "Don’t Take it Personally: Exploring Cognitive Conflict as a Mediator of Affective Conflict", Journal of Management Studies, 5 (44), 733-758.

  • Holahan, P., & Mooney, A. (2005). "The Mutation of Conflict: Antecedents of functional and dysfunctional conflict and the difficulties of managing both", Projects and Profits, ICFAI University Press.

  • Holahan, P. J., Aronson, Z., Jurkat, P., Schoorman, D.. (2004). "Implementing Computer Technology: A Multiorganizational Test of Klein and Sorra’s model", Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, (21), 31-50.

  • Shi, X, Holahan, P. J., & Jurkat, P.. (2004). "Satisfaction Formation Processes in Library Users: Understanding Multisource Effects", Journal of Academic Librarianship, 30 122-131.

  • Holahan, P. J., Jurkat, P., Friedman, E.. (2000). "Evaluation of a mentor teacher model for enhancing mathematics instruction through the use of computers", Journal of Research on Computing in Education, (32), 336-350.

  • Holahan, P. J., Schoorman, D. (1996). "Psychological antecedents of escalation behavior: Effects of choice, responsibility, and decision consequences", Journal of Applied Psychology, (81), 786-794.

  • Holahan, P. J., Medsker, G., Williams, L. (1994). "A review of current practices for evaluating causal models in organizational behavior and human resources management research", Journal of Management, (20), 439-464.

  • Williams, L., & Holahan, P. (1994). "Parsimony based fit indices for multiple indicator models: Do they work?", Structural Equation Modeling, (1), 161-189.

  • Conference Proceedings

  • Holahan, P.J., Lesselroth, B., Adams, K., Wang, K., et al.. (2012). "Technology Acceptance under Contingent Authority Adoption Decisions", Academy of Management Annual Meetings.

  • Holahan, P., Brown, C., Abraham, C., & Lesselroth, B.. (2011). "Integrating self-service kiosks into healthcare delivery organizations", Proceedings International Conference on Information Systems, Shanghai, China.

  • Holahan, P.J., Mooney, A.C., & Paul, L.F. (2009). "An Examination of the Effects of Geographic Dispersion and Team Tenure on the Relationship between Task and Relationship Conflict", Proceedings Southern Management Association, Asheville, NC.

  • Holahan, P.J., Mooney, A.C., & Paul, L.F. (2009). "Does Task Conflict Trigger More Relationship Conflict in Geographically Distributed Teams?", Academy of Management Annual Meetings, Chicago, IL.

  • Holahan, P.J., Mooney, A.C., Mayer, R. & Paul, L.F. (2008). "Virtuality and Media Synchronicity: Their Effects on Conflict in Virtual Teams", Proceedings Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research, Kansas City, MO.

  • Holahan, P. J. (2007). "Not So Fast: Do Decision Attributes Really Mediate Conflict and Team Performance?", Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGRoup Conference), Lansing, MI.

  • Holahan, P.J, & Sullivan, Z.Z. (2006). "Exploring How Product Development Practices Differ for Incremental, More Innovative, and Radical Development Projects", Proceedings Portland International Conference Managament Engineering Technology, Istanbul, Turkey.

  • Holahan, P.J., & Mooney, A.C. (2004). "Conflict, Decision Making, and Project Team Performance", Academy of Management Annual Meetings, New Orleans, LA.

  • Mooney, A.C., & Holahan, P.J. (2004). "Managing Conflict in Project Teams: Gaining the Benefits, Avoiding the Costs", Academy of Management Annual Meetings, New Orleans, LA.

  • Holahan, P. J., Mooney, A.. (2003). "Understanding conflict in project teams: An investigation of team, task, and organizational determinants", Portland International Conference on Engineering Technology and Management, Portland, OR.

  • Holahan, P. J., Lynn, G., Akgun, A.. (2003). "Determinants of cross-functional integration and speed-to-market in product development teams", Portland International Conference on Engineering Technology and Management, Portland, OR.

  • Holahan, P. Aronson, Z., Jurkat, P., Schoorman, D.. (2002). "Implementing computer Technology: A Field Test and an Extension of Klein and Sorra's Model", Academy of Management Conference, Denver.

  • Holahan, P. J. (2000). "Determinants of cross-functional integration and cross-functional team performance: A preliminary test of a theoretical model", Proceedings American Society of Engineering Management Conference, Washington, D.C.

  • Holahan, P. J.. (2000). "Integrating a team skills thread into an executive masters' of technology management program", American Society of Engineering Management Conference, Washington, D.C.

  •    Book Chapters

  • Mooney, A.C., Holahan, P.J., & Amason, A.C. (2008). "Don’t take it personally: Exploring cognitive conflict as a mediator of affective conflict. ", Reprinted In The Seventh Annual Volume of Publications by New Jersey’s Business Faculty,.

  • Mooney, A., Holahan, P., & Amason, A. (2007). "An Alternative Approach to Understanding Conflict", In The Human Side of Project Leadership, PMI Institute.

  • Markham, S., & Holahan, P.J. (2004). "Influence and politics in product development. ", In K. B. Kahn (ed.), Handbook of New Product Development, 2nd Edition, 144-157. , NY: John Wiley & Sons.

  • Holahan, P. J., & Markham, S. (1996). "Factors affecting crossfunctional team effectiveness. ", In M. Rosenau (ed.), Handbook of New Product Development, 119-135. , NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

  • Markham, S., & Holahan, P. J. (1996). "Political behavior in the product development process. ", In M. Rosenau (ed.), Handbook of New Product Development, 107-117., NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

  • Reports

  • Holahan, P.J., & Sullivan, Z.Z.. (2007). "Best Practices for Radical, More Innovative and Incremental Innovations: Evidence from the Field", Working Paper.

  • Holahan, P. J. (1999). "Successfully transferring new technology to school systems: A study of key individual, organizational, and contextual determinants. ", Technical report prepared under NSF Contract REC-9603458.

  • Holahan, P.J., & MacFarlane, R. (1999). "Using telecommunications technology to mentor at-risk middle school science students: Effects on students’ science achievement, vocational interest and the classroom environment. ", Report prepared for a research grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

  • Holahan, P.J., & Jurkat, P.J. (1996). "Enhancing mathematics instruction through computer oriented active learning environments: An evaluation", Report prepared under NSF contract #ESI-9253265.


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