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Loyola’s Busch Lecture looks at workplace relationships

Jessica Methot

Loyola University Maryland’s Sellinger School of Business will present the 2023 Busch Lecture: “Why Are Positive Relationships at Work Vital for Success and Well-being?” on Friday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. The panel discussion will take place in the 4th Floor Program Room in the Andrew White Student Center at Loyola.

Leading the panel will be Jessica Methot, Ph.D., associate professor of human resource management in the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University and distinguished research professor of management at the University of Exeter Business School in the United Kingdom. The panel will discuss the benefits of building positive relationships at work.

Methot conducts research on interpersonal workplace relationships and social network dynamics, including how formal human resources practices transform informal social networks and the functional and dysfunctional consequences of workplace relationships. Her research has been published in academic journals and featured in over 300 popular media outlets, including Harvard Business Review, NPR, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and Fortune.

The panelists:

  • Kevin Rockman, Ph.D., professor of management at George Mason University, studies working relationships in organizations, including how relationships are generated, maintained, and dissolve. He teaches and consults in the areas of relational leadership, cultivating high quality relationships, and negotiation and conflict management.
  • Christopher G. Myers, Ph.D., associate professor of management and organization and founding faculty director of the Center for Innovative Leadership at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, focuses on individual learning, leadership development, and innovation. He holds joint appointments in Johns Hopkins University’s School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health.
  • Michael J. Tews, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Hospitality Management at Penn State University, teaches courses in human resource management and focuses on the application of industrial and organizational psychology to the hospitality industry. His work examines issues relating to employee recruiting and selection, training and development, and employee retention.
  • John Michel, Ph.D., associate professor of management at Loyola’s Sellinger School of Business, is the Busch Faculty Scholar hosting the Busch Lecture this year.

The lecture is free and open to the public. To learn more and register, visit

The Busch Lecture, supported by the Anheuser-Busch Foundation, aims to feature leaders in business who have led innovative and entrepreneurial initiatives and are of interest to the academic, business, and civic communities. The Anheuser-Busch Foundation also designates a Busch Scholar, a faculty member who conducts and publishes high-quality research in a business discipline.

Loyola University Maryland’s Sellinger School of Business and Management in Baltimore delivers an internationally recognized Jesuit business education. Recognized for its scholarship, ethical leadership and tradition of excellence, the Sellinger School delivers a wide range of sought-after fields of study including eight undergraduate majors and 11 undergraduate minors as well as full-time, part-time and fully online MBA and Master of Accounting programs. (