Jennifer Palar

Assistant Professor

Jennifer Palar has 15+ years in Human Resources and consulting at both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.

Her primary areas of consulting include strategic planning, workforce development, HR auditing, and labor relations. Dr. Palar also holds multiple designations including Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Human Resources Certification Institute and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SCP) from the Society for Human Resource Management.

Dr. Palar teaches courses in strategy, leadership, organizational behavior, human resources, and employment law.

Her teaching philosophy focuses on developing the career readiness of her students through application and practice of course material and helping them to recognize the complexities of real business contexts. Each course is also designed to help students develop capabilities in critical thinking and problem-solving, especially when working in team environments. She is on a mission to change the way strategy and HR are taught, viewed, and valued.

Dr. Palar CV (pdf)

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Education and Training

  • PhD, University of Mississippi, Management Strategy
  • MOL, St. Ambrose University
  • BA, St. Ambrose University, Management

Why did you decide to study management?

I started my first business when I was 9 years old, found my fit, and never left. It was never a question that I would study business but rather what I would study in business. I didn't know it would ultimately be teaching business though where I would find the greatest sense of fulfillment and purpose.


Dr. Palar's research investigates strategic leadership, corporate governance, and family firms focusing on social approval assets' development and consequence and has been published most recently in the Journal of Leadership and Organization Studies and Journal of Business Research.

Her research has been presented at conferences of the Academy of Management, Southern Management Association, European Academy of Management, OBTC Teachers Conference, Family Enterprise Research Conference, and Strategic Management Society.

Recent or Noteworthy Publications

Dibrell, C., Marshall, D. R., Palar, J. M., & Gentry, R. J. (2019). New director selection during growth in family-influenced and lone founder firms: An identity fit perspective. Journal of Business Research. In press.

Baur, J. E., Haynie, J. J., Buckley, M. R., Palar, J. M., Novicevic, M. M., & Humphreys, J. H. (2018). When things go from bad to worse: The impact of relative contextual extremity on Benjamin Montgomery's positive leadership and psychological capital. Journal of Leadership and Organization Studies, 25(3) 323-338.

Knippen, J. M., Palar, J. M., & Gentry, R. G. (2018). Breaking the mold: An examination of board discretion in female CEO appointments. Journal of Business Research. 84, 11-23.

Novicevic, M. M., Owen, J., Palar, J. M, Marshall, D. R., & Popoola, T. (2015). Management history: From state of the art to a genealogical turn. In B. Bowden And D. Lamond
(Eds.), Management History: Its Global Past & Present, pp. 299-312. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

More About Dr. Palar

Courses Taught

Strategic Management
Human Resource Management
Compensation & Benefits Management
Employment law
Staffing & Placement
Organizational Citizenship
Principles of Management
Organizational Behavior


Jennifer Palar

McMullen Hall 215C
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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