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Don Vandewalle

Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor

Ph.D., Carlson School of Management University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA

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BA-6325 Organizational Behavior
MNO-4371 Leadership and Culture
MNO-4371 Leadership and Culture in the Southwest (Taos)


Feedback (Giving, Seeking, and Processing)
Implicit Theories (Growth Mindset)
Goal Orientation (Achievement Motivation)
Goal Setting Theory


  • Vandewalle, D. (2012). A growth and fixed mindset exposition of the value of conceptual clarity. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice. 5, 301-305
  • Heslin, P. A., & Vandewalle, D. (2011). Performance appraisal procedural justice: The role of manager's implicit person theory. Journal of Management. 37, 1694-1718
  • Heslin, P. A., Carson, J. B. and Vandewalle, D., (2009) Practical Applications of Goal Setting Theory to Performance Management. Performance Management: Putting Research into Practice. J. W. Smithers and M. London eds. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass
  • Heslin, P. A., & VandeWalle, D. (2008). Managers' implicit assumptions about personnel. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 17, 219 – 223.
  • Heslin, P. A., Vandewalle, D, & Latham, G. P. (2006) Keen to Help? Managers’ Implicit Person Theories and their Subsequent Employee Coaching. Personnel Psychology, 59, 871-902.
  • Heslin, P. A., Latham, G. P., & VandeWalle, D. (2005). The effect of implicit person theory on performance appraisals. Journal of Applied Psychology, 90, 842-856.
  • Cron, W., Slocum, J., Vandewalle, D, & Fu, Q. (2005). The role of goal on negative emotions and goal setting when initial performance falls short of one’s performance goal.” Human Performance, 18, 55-80.
  • Vandewalle, D. (2003). “A goal orientation model of feedback seeking behavior.” Human Resource Management Review, 13, 581-604.
  • Ashford, S. J., Blatt, R., & Vandewalle, D. (2003). “Reflections on the looking glass: A review of research on feedback-seeking behavior in organizations.” Journal of Management, 29, 773-799.


Cox Distinguished MBA Teaching Award, 2015
Cox Distinguished MBA Teaching Award, 2014
Cox Distinguished MBA Teaching Award, 2013
Cox Distinguished MBA Teaching Award, 2012
Cox Distinguished MBA Teaching Award, 2011
Cox Most Valuable EMBA Professor, 2013
SMU Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Award, 2010
Cox Teaching Innovation Award, 2010


Don Vandewalle is an Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor at Southern Methodist University, and the past chair of the Management and Organizations Department at the Cox School of Business (2006-2014). His research focuses on feedback, achievement motivation, and growth mindset theory. Leading research journals featuring his research include the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Management, and Personnel Psychology. Four of his international conference papers have won Best Paper Awards from Academy of Management and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Professor Vandewalle has earned the Cox Distinguished MBA Teaching Award the past five years, the Cox Most Valuable EMBA Professor Award, the Cox Teaching Innovation Award, the SMU President's Outstanding Faculty Award, the SMU Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Award, and in 2010 was the second Cox professor in the span of a decade inducted into SMU''s Academy of Distinguished Teachers. In 2012, he received the SMU Distinguished University Citizen Award.

Professor Vandewalle earned a B.A. with honors from Park College, an MBA from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Strategic Management from the University Of Minnesota Carlson School Of Management.