Monica Forret, PhD

DBA Director | Professor

Dr. Monica Forret served for 14 years as the Director of the Doctor of Business Administration Program at St. Ambrose University. She is the recipient of the inaugural Doctoral Alumni Research Fellow award. Dr. Forret conducts research primarily in the areas of networking, mentoring, careers, job search processes, gender issues, and work attitudes.

She has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles in academic journals such as the Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Managerial Psychology, Career Development International, Group & Organization Management, Organizational Dynamics, British Journal of Management, and Leadership & Organization Development Journal. Dr. Forret has presented numerous research papers, symposia, and professional development workshops at national meetings of the Academy of Management.

Dr. Forret teaches MBA and DBA courses on Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, Research Methods, Leadership, Careers, Training & Development, and Organizational Culture. Prior to her academic career, she was a CPA and worked in Minneapolis as an auditor for Deloitte & Touche. Dr. Forret has taught at Long Island University, Franklin College in Switzerland, the University of Cologne, and has been an invited speaker at multiple colleges and universities in India.

Dr. Forret CV (pdf)

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Education and Training

  • PhD, University of Missouri, Human Resources and Organizational Behavior
  • BA, St. Ambrose University, Accounting


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.

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Courses Taught

MBA and DBA courses on:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Research Methods
  • Leadership
  • Careers
  • Training & Development
  • Organizational Culture
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.

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