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Serge da Motta Veiga Assistant Professor Department of Management

Ph.D., University of Missouri (Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management); Licence, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Economics)

Serge da Motta Veiga is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management at American University, which he joined in August 2015. He is also a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at King's College London. He earned his Ph.D. in Business Administration with an emphasis on Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management from the University of Missouri, and his license in Economics from the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium. Serge’s research interests include job search, careers, recruitment, affect, motivation, and humor at work. Specifically, he is interested in examining various dynamic factors involved in pre-organizational entry processes (job search and recruitment), as well as in career and talent management. He has published his work in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, the Journal of Organizational Behavior, and in Human Resource Management, Furthermore, his research has been featured in public press outlets such as Time, Fast Company, and Psychological Science. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., Serge worked for six years in the Banking and Consulting industries in London, Paris, and Brussels.
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Partnerships & Affiliations

  • King's College London
    Visiting Senior Research Fellow

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Selected Publications

  • Klotz, A. C., & da Motta Veiga, S. P. (forthcoming). Recruiting under the influence: New labor market entrants’ reactions to workplace drinking norms. Human Resource Management.
  • Haggard, D. L., Carr, J. C., & da Motta Veiga, S. P. (forthcoming). The moderating effects of co-rumination on the relationships between goal orientations and anxiety, satisfaction and deviance. Journal of Managerial Issues.
  • Haggard, D. L., da Motta Veiga, S. P., & LaPreze, M. W (2017). Should we talk? Co-rumination and conversation avoidance in job search. Career Development International, 22, 742-753.
  • Robert, C., & da Motta Veiga, S. P. (2017). Conversational humor and job satisfaction at work: Exploring the role of humor production, appreciation, and positive affect. HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research, 30, 417-438.
  • Djurdjevic, E., Stoverink, A. C., Klotz, A. C., Koopman, J., da Motta Veiga, S. P., Yam, K. C., & Chiang, J. T. J. (2017). Workplace status: The development and validation of a scale. Journal of Applied Psychology, 102, 1124-1147. 
  • da Motta Veiga, S. P., & Gabriel, A. S. (2016). The role of self-determined motivation in job search: A dynamic approach. Journal of Applied Psychology, 101, 350-361.
  • da Motta Veiga, S. P. (2015). The role and types of job search strategies as career growth tool for mid-career professionals. Journal of Career Development, 42, 339-350.
  • da Motta Veiga, S. P., & Turban, D. B. (2014). Are affect and perceived stress detrimental or beneficial to job seekers?  The role of learning goal orientation in job search self-regulation. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 125, 193-203.
  • Klotz, A. C., da Motta Veiga, S. P., Buckley, M. R., & Gavin, M. (2013). The role of trustworthiness in recruitment and selection: A review and guide for future research. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 34, S104-S119.
  • Turban, D. B., Lee, F. K., da Motta Veiga, S. P., Haggard, D. L., & Wu, S. Y. (2013). Be happy, don’t wait: The role of affect in job search. Personnel Psychology, 66, 483-514.


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