Mike Yoder, Ph.D. – Asbury University
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Associate Professor | Organizational Effectiveness & Lean Management Consultant

Department: Dayton School of Business

Office: Shaw 151

Phone Extension: 2695

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Biographical Information

Dr. Yoder has a passion to develop students, inspiring them to think critically and constantly strive for growth. Integrating business practices within higher education to prepare students for their life and careers has been a primary focus of his research and instruction. Dr. Yoder has taught online and in the classroom at Asbury University’s Dayton School of Business and at Seattle Pacific University in the School of Business, Government, and Economics. He also has professional experience working in both private and publicly held organizations.

He and his wife moved to Kentucky from Washington state. Whenever possible, they can be found hiking and exploring God’s creation.



  • Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Seattle Pacific University; dissertation explored what institutions should be measuring when assessing the holistic development of their students and what factors might contribute to that development.
  • Masters of International Management, Whitworth University
  • B.A. in Business Management, Whitworth University in Washington State

Courses offered: 


  • BU/BUA 211 – Principles of Management
  • BU/BUA 331 – Human Resource Management
  • BU 335 – International Business Ventures
  • BU/BUA 412 – Organizational Behavior/Structure
  • MKT 342 – Consumer Behavior & Decision-Making


  • MBA515 – Strategic Leadership
  • MBA 616 – Human Resources/Organizational Behavior
  • NPM 626 – Human Resource Management in Nonprofits


Dr. Yoder’s research interests include narratives in organizations, specifically how stories help individuals and organizations navigate challenges and transitions. He has also researched human resource initiatives and strategies for their successful implementation. Other current research is focused on measuring holistic student development and the factors that lead to a student’s psychological capital, well-being, and life-long flourishing.

Selected/Recent Publications: 

Yost, P. R., Yoder, M. P., Chung, H. H., & Voetmann, K. R. (2015). Narratives at work: Story arcs, themes, voice, and lessons that shape organizational life. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 67, 163-188.


Chung, H. H., Voetmann, K. R., & Yoder, M. P. (2019) Metaleptic Moments in Organizational Life. Paper to be presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, August 9-12, Boston, MA. 

Chung, H. H., Yoder, M. P., Yost, P. R. Matthew, N., Voetmann, K. R., & Kinzer, C. (2015). The stories we tell ourselves. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, August 7-11, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Yost, P. R., Blees, T. S., Pelosi, E. M., & Yoder, M. P. (2015). Critical success factors for thriving HR initiatives. Paper presented at the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Philadelphia, PA.

Yost, P. R., Pelosi, E. M., Yoder, M. P., & Blees, T. (2014). Built to last: Sustainable on-the-job development interventions. In S. Ashford (Co-Chair) & S. DeRue (Chair), Experience-driven leader development: New tools and practices. Symposium at the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Honolulu, HI.


Academy of Management – Management Education & Development Division and Organizational Behavior Division

Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology

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