Doctor of Business Administration

Monica Forret

DBA Director


Main Campus
Ambrose Hall, AH304
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803



Monica Forret joined the faculty of St. Ambrose University in 1997. She earned a PhD from the University of Missouri, where she majored in Human Resources and Organizational Behavior.

Dr. Forret conducts research primarily in the areas of networking, mentoring, careers, job search processes, gender issues, and work attitudes.

Dr. Forret has presented numerous research papers at conferences such as the Academy of Management, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Southern Management Association, and Midwest Academy of Management.

Prior to pursuing doctoral studies, Dr. Forret was a CPA and worked as an auditor for Deloitte and Touche, and later for The Prudential Insurance Company of America in the internal audit function.Dr. Forret earned her Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Missouri. Before coming to St. Ambrose, Dr. Forret was on the faculty at Long Island University - C. W. Post. She also taught at Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland, as part of a joint International MBA Program.

Education and Training

PhD, University of Missouri
Human Resources and Organizational Behavior

BA, St. Ambrose University

Recent Publications

Forret, M. L. (2014). Networking as a job search and career management behavior. In Press. U. C. Klehe & E. W. J. van Hooft (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of job loss and job search. New York: Oxford University Press.

McCallum, S., Forret, M. L., & Wolff, H. G. (2014). Internal and external networking behavior: An investigation of relationships with affective, continuance, and normative commitment. Career Development International, 19, 595-614.

de Janasz, S., Forret, M., Haack, D., & Jonsen, K. (2013). Family status and work attitudes: An investigation in a professional services firm. British Journal of Management, 24, 191-210.  

Forret, M. (2013). Corporate leadership: Issues and challenges. In S. K. Tripathy, B. N. Mishra, K. Mohanty, & S. Murmu (Eds.), Corporate leadership: Issues and challenges, pp. 1-6. Mumbai, India: Himalaya Publishing House.  

Wolff, H. G., Schneider-Rahm, C. I., & Forret, M. L. (2011). Adaptation of a German multidimensional networking scale into English. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 27(4), 244-250.  

Forret, M. L., Sullivan, S. E., & Mainiero, L. A. (2010). An empirical investigation of traditional gender role differences in reactions to unemployment: Exploring psychological mobility and boundaryless careers. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 31, 647-666. h.


Forret, M. (2005, May). Uncomfortable networking? You've got company! Professional INSIGHT, 8.

Recent Paper Presentations

Simmons, J., Forret, M. L., & Sullivan, S. E. (2014, October). An empirical examination of networking behaviors and the kaleidoscope career model. Paper presented at the meeting of the Midwest Academy of Management, Minneapolis, MN.  

Sullivan, S. E., Forret, M. L., & Samtani, A. (2014, August). Looking for jobs in all the right places? Job search behaviors in the boundaryless career era. Paper presented at the meeting of the Academy of Management, Philadelphia, PA.  

Hechtel, K., & Forret, M. L. (2011, August). How does social capital impact career outcomes? A qualitative examination. Paper presented at the meeting of the Academy of Management, San Antonio, TX.  

Forret, M. L., & McCallum, S. (2010, August). Career success: An examination of the relationships of networking and mentoring. Paper presented at the meeting of the Academy of Management, Montreal, Canada.  

Murphy, C., & Forret, M. L. (2010, August). Careers in transition: Antecedents of job search success for dislocated workers. Paper presented at the meeting of the Academy of Management, Montreal, Canada.

Courses Taught

MBA and DBA courses on Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, Research Methods, Leadership, Careers, Training & Development, and Organizational Culture.

Curriculum Vita (pdf)

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