Brandon Smit

  • Assistant Professor, Management
  • Ph.D. Saint Louis University

Teaching Interests

Organizational Behavior; Human Resource Management

Research Interests

Work-life balance, psychological detachment and recovery; stress and coping; pay secrecy

Professional Links

Professional Memberships

  • Work Family Researchers Network
  • Academy of Management
  • Awards and Honors

  • 2015, Best Reviewer Award, Academy of Management - Organizational Behavior Division
  • Publications

    Journal Articles


  • Montag-Smit, T., Smit, B. (2020). What are you hiding? Employee Attributions for Pay Secrecy Policies. Human Resource Management Journal. (Link)
  • Smit, B., Montag-Smit, T. (2019). The Pay Transparency Dilemma: Development and Validation of the Pay Information Exchange Preferences Scale. Journal of Applied Psychology. (Link)
  • Smit, B., Montag-Smit, T. (2018). The Role of Pay Secrecy Policies and Employee Secrecy Preferences in Shaping Job Attitudes. Human Resource Management Journal. (Link)
  • Smit, B. (2016). Successfully leaving work at work: The self-regulatory underpinnings of psychological detachment. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. (Link)
  • Smit, B., Barber, L. (2016). Psychologically detaching despite high workloads: The role of attentional processes. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. (Link)
  • Smit, B., Ryan, L., Nelson, C. (2016). Does job autonomy increase or decrease negative emotional displays from service workers? A test of competing hypotheses. Journal of Personnel Psychology. (Link)
  • Smit, B., Maloney, P., Maertz, C., Montag-Smit, T. (2016). Out of sight, out of mind? How and when cognitive role transition episodes influence employee performance. Human Relations. (Link)
  • Barber, L., Smit, B. (2014). Using the networked fire chief for ego-depletion research: Measuring dynamic decision-making effort and performance.. Journal of Social Psychology. (Link)
  • Smit, B., Stavrulaki, E. (). The efficacy of a mindfulness-based intervention for college students under extremely stressful conditions. Mindfulness. 12 1-15. Forthcoming.

    Book Chapters


  • Barber, L., Smit, B., Shoss, M. (2014). The case of Mondays: Examining workplace rumors about stress In , (Eds.) Research in organizational sciences. Received wisdom, kernels of truth, and boundary conditions in organizational studies. IAP Information Age Publishing

  • Conference Proceedings


  • Smit, B.Montag-Smit, T. (2018). Pay Transparency: Advancing Theory and Empirical Knowledge Academy of Management Proceedings. (Link)
  • Montag-Smit, T.Smit, B. (2015). Do Secret Pay Policies Cause Employees To Turnover? It Depends On Attributions Academy of Management Proceedings. (Link) Forthcoming.

  • Presentations

  • Smit, B., Boyar, S., Maertz, C. P. (2020). “Careless Choices: When Work Flexibility Improves or Impairs Work-Family Balance” Presented at theWork and Family Researchers Network conference New York City, NY
  • Smit, B., Lawson, K. M. (2019). “Lay theories of juggling work and family shape job offer evaluations: A policy-capturing study” Presented at theAcademy of Management Conference Boston, MA
  • Smit, B., Montag-Smit, T. (2018). “A social comparison theory perspective on employee pay secrecy preferences” Presented at theAcademy of Management Conference Chicago, IL
  • Montag-Smit, T., Smit, B. (2015). “Do secret pay policies cause employees to turnover?” Presented at theAcademy of Management
  • Smit, B. (2015). “Successfully leaving work at work: The self-regulatory underpinnings of psychological detachment” Presented at theAcademy of Management Vancouver, BC
  • Smit, B., Montag-Smit, T., Tobin, E. (2015). “The development and validation of a measure of pay secrecy preferences” Presented at theAcademy of Management Vancouver, BC
  • Montag-Smit, T., Smit, B., Nemanik, R., Sanborn-Overby, U. (2014). “Looking beyond costs and benefits: Mentoring as an organizational citizenship behavior” Presented at theAcademy of Management Philadelphia, PA
  • Smit, B., Maloney, P., Maertz, C. (2014). “Costs of off-task thoughts: Relationships between spillover and performance” Presented at theSociety for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Honolulu, HI
  • Service

    Department Service


  • Committee Member for Management Department Research Committee 2019 - Present
  • Committee Member for Organizational Behavior Faculty Search 2019 - 2019
  • University Service


  • Committee Chair for Faculty Affairs Committee 2020 - Present
  • Other for Academic Integrity Hearing 2020 - 2020
  • Guest Speaker for PhD Speaker Series 2020 - 2020
  • Other for Entrepreneurship Elevator Pitch Competition 2020 - 2020
  • Guest Speaker for PhD Speaker Series 2020 - 2020
  • Guest Speaker for Bentley Community Learning Conference 2020 - 2020
  • Guest Speaker for Bentley Community Learning Conference 2020 - 2020
  • Professional Service


  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer for Human Resource Management 2020 - Present
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer for International Journal of Human Resource Management 2020 - Present
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Human Performance 2019 - Present
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of Organizational Behavior 2019 - Present
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Current Psychology 2017 - Present
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2017 - Present
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Work & Stress 2017 - Present
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for International Journal of Workplace Health Management 2016 - Present
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology 2016 - Present
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of Occupational Health Psychology 2016 - Present
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Frontiers in Psychology 2020 - 2020