Judd Michael, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Business Management for Natural Resources Industries
Judd Michael, Ph.D.
203 Agricultural Engineering Building
Shortlidge Road

University Park, PA 16802
Work Phone: 814-863-2976

Areas of Expertise

  • packaging
  • sustainable business
  • pallets
  • zero waste
  • sports greening
  • wood and paper industry


  1. B.B.A., Texas A&M University
  2. M.B.A., Texas A&M University
  3. Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University


  • BRS/ERM 402 - Strategies for Sustainable Business
  • ERM 497 - Projects in Sustainability

For information about courses please visit the LionPATH Course Catalog.

Academic Interests:

Corporate environmental management, sustainable business management, bio-products industries business management; organizational behavior, safety improvement, work force optimization.  Packaging industry, including pallets.  Sports sustainability.  Recycling and composting behavior. 

Professional Achievements

Big 10 representative to the Green Sports Alliance.  Affiliated faculty member, Penn State Sustainability Institute. Expert witness for Dupont, Centex Homes, and others.  Best Paper Award, Academy of Management.  PSU Harbaugh Teaching Scholar.

Current/Recent Research Projects:

Sustainable Packaging Examines assessment of various transport packaging materials and the economics of packaging supply chain. Also looking at how sustainability and new technologies are impacting packaging industries, and how packaging executives deal with sustainability challenges.  The use of bio-packaging in sports venues. 

Safety Performance & Corporate Social Responsibility Studies a wide range of wood and paper producers with in-depth case studies and surveys to determine the organizational practices and characteristics that are associated with a reduction in incident rates. Also, how safety is viewed as part of CSR obligations.

Greening of Sports  Various projects working with Penn State venues, along with other partners such as PepsiCo and NASCAR tracks (Pocono), to help operators reduce environment footprint while reducing costs and increasing fan engagement. How venues are achieving zero waste status.  

Selected Publications:

Michael, J., & Elser, N. .2019. “Personal waste management in higher education: A Case study illustrating the importance of a fourth bottom line”. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, In Press.

Elser, N., & Michael, J. 2018. A strategic orientation toward entrepreneurship: Implications for pallet manufacturer performance. Forest Products Journal, In Press

Jansen, K.J., A. Shipp and J.H. Michael.  2016.  “Champions, converts, doubters and Defectors:  The impact of shifting perceptions of momentum for change”.  Personnel Psychology, 69, 673-707.

Elser, N., J.H. Michael, M. Gagnon and C.D. Ray.  2013. “Knowledge Resources and Firm Performance: A Packaging Industry Perspective”. Journal of Applied Packaging Research, 6(4), 225-238.

Gagnon, M., Michael, J., Elser, N., & Gyory, C. 2013. Seeing green in several ways: The interplay of entrepreneurial, sustainable and market orientations on executive scanning and small business performance. Journal of Marketing Development and Competitiveness, 7(3), 9-28.

Stites, J. and J.H. Michael.  2011.  “Organizational commitment in manufacturing employees:  relationships with corporate social performance”.  Business & Society, 50(1): 50-70. 

Michael, J.H., S.W. Bukowski and A. Echols. 2010. “Executive perceptions of adopting an environmental certification program”.   Business Strategy & the Environment, 19: 466-478.

Lehmann, C., Haight, J. and J.H. Michael.  2009.  “Effects of Safety training on risk tolerance: an examination of male workers in the surface mining industry”.  Journal of Safety, Health, and Environmental Research, Vol. 4, No. 3: 3-22.

Balkundi, P., Barsness, Z. and J.H. Michael.  2009.  “Unlocking the influence of leadership network structures on team conflict and viability”.  Small Group Research, 40, 3: 301-322.

Gagnon, M., K. Jansen and J.H. Michael. 2008. "Employee Alignment with Strategic Change: A study of Strategy-Supportive Behavior among blue collar employees". Journal of Managerial Issues, (Vol 20, 4): 425-443.

Grandey, A.A., B. Cordeiro and J.H. Michael. 2008. "Work-family supportiveness perceptions: important for the well-being of male blue-collar hourly workers?" Journal of Vocational Behavior (71): 460-478.

Ray, C.D., V. Wadhwa and J.H. Michael. 2007. "Impact of over-run on profitability of hardwood sawmills". Wood & Fiber Science, 39(2): 291-298.

Balkundi, P., M. Kilduff, Z. Barsness and J.H. Michael. 2007. "Demographic antecedents and performance consequences of structural holes in work teams". Journal of Organizational Behavior, 28(241-260).

Ray, C.D., J.J. Janowiak, J.H. Michael and H. Bachev. 2007. "Economic and environmental impact assessment of proposed bark-free requirements for wooden pallets in international trade". Journal of Forest Products Business Research.

Michael, J.H., Z. Guo, J.K. Wiedenbeck and C.D. Ray. 2006. "Production supervisor impacts on subordinates' safety outcomes: An investigation of leader-member exchange and safety communication". Journal of Safety Research 37(5): 469-477.

Ray, C.D., J.H. Michael and B.N. Scholnick. 2006. "Supply-chain system costs of alternative grocery industry pallet systems". Forest Products Journal 56(10): 52-57.
Michael, J.H., D.D. Evans, K. Jansen, and J. Haight. 2005. "Relationships Between Management Commitment to Safety and Employee Outcomes: an Exploratory Study With Wood Manufacturing Employees". Journal of Safety Research (36): 171-179.

Evans, D.D., J. H. Michael, J. K. Weidenbeck, and C. D. Ray. 2005. "Relationships between organizational climates and safety-related events at four wood products manufacturers". Forest Products Journal Vol.55 (6): 23-28.

Michael, J.H. and J.K. Wiedenbeck. 2004. "Safety in the Wood Products Industry". Forest Products Journal 54(10): 8-18.