Dr Robert Zinko

Senior Lecturer

Newcastle Business School

Career Summary


Research Expertise

My research focuses on personal reputation and other, related social persuasion constructs.


  • PhD (Business Administration), Florida State University
  • Master of Business Administration, University of North Carolina - Greensbro - USA


  • Organizational Behavior
  • Personal Reputation

Fields of Research

150399Business and Management not elsewhere classified100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/05/2015 - Senior LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
1/09/2014 - 19/09/2014Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
1/08/2012 - 6/12/2012Web Learn Tutor Newastle Business SUniversity of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (20 outputs)

2015Zinko R, Rubin M, 'Personal reputation and the organization', Journal of Management and Organization, (2015)
2015Zinko R, Rubin M, 'Personal reputation and the organization', JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT & ORGANIZATION, 21 217-236 (2015)
DOI10.1017/jmo.2014.76Author URL
Co-authorsMark Rubin
2015Zinko R, Rubin M, 'Personal reputation and the organization', Journal of Management and Organization, (2015)

Drawing from fields such as marketing psychology, strategy, social psychology, and organizational behavior, the present examination explores the individual and organizational bases for personal reputation; specifically, how different bases interact with one another to produce an individual¿s reputation within organizations. It is proposed that individuals use personal reputations to satisfy their need for positive self-esteem as well as to secure their sense of belonging in organizations. Furthermore, reputation allows individuals to obtain rewards such as autonomy, power, and career success and the opportunity to signal key information to audiences. Likewise, organizations utilize personal reputations to predict their members¿ behaviors, market those who are a part of the organization to others, build their own corporate reputations, and signal information to consumers and competitors. To further this understanding of personal reputation an examination is presented as to how organizations serve as an essential context within which individuals realize their personal reputations and regulate their behavior.

2013Zinko R, 'A continued examination of the inverse relationship between political skill and strain reactions: Exploring reputation as a mediating factor', Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43 1750-1759 (2013) [C1]

The positive correlation between political skill and the reduction of the effects of stressors (i.e., strain reaction) in the workplace is well documented. This paper furthers the examination of this correlation by examining the impact of reputation as a mediator. It is posited that individuals possessing political skill are likely to build positive reputations, which, in turn, aid in the reduction of perceived stressors in the workplace. It is hypothesized that it is one's reputation rather than one's social ability (i.e., political skill) that affects an individual's response to stressors. One hundred and eighty-one professionals were surveyed. Both their political skill and also stress levels were examined, as well as the perceptions held by their coworkers of their reputations. Results demonstrated a mediating effect of reputation between political skill and strain reactions. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 2
2013Furner CP, McDowell W, Zinko RA, 'Media Selection and the Imposter Phenomenon: A Multinational Investigation', Communications of the International Information Management Association (CIIMA), 13 17-34 (2013) [C1]
2012Zinko RA, Gentry WA, Hall A, Grant GL, 'Reputational change among managers', Journal of Managerial Issues, 24 9-26 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 2
2012Zinko R, Ferris GR, Humphrey SE, Meyer CJ, Aime F, 'Personal reputation in organizations: Two-study constructive replication and extension of antecedents and consequences', Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 85 156-180 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 12Web of Science - 10
2012Zinko RA, Furner CP, Herdman A, Wikhamn W, Grant G, Brees J, 'Gossip: A vehicle for the development of personal reputation in organizations', Journal of Organizational Moral Psychology, 2 1-16 (2012) [C1]
2010Zinko RA, 'Making the in-group: the application of political skill to LMX by new employees in reputation development', The Journal of Global Business Management, 213-220 (2010) [C1]
2010Chang L, Furner CP, Zinko RA, 'A study of negotiations within the ethnic Chinese community between Taiwan and Hong Kong.', Management Research and Practice, 2 329-343 (2010) [C1]
2009Hall AT, Zinko R, Perryman A, Ferris G, 'Organizational citizenship behavior and reputation: Mediators in the relationships between accountability and job performance and satisfaction', Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 15 381-392 (2009) [C1]

Holding people answerable for their actions captures the essence of accountability, which is one of the most fundamental constructs in the organizational sciences and, unfortunately, one about which little is known. This study formulated and tested a model that sought to explicate the intermediate linkages between accountability and job performance and satisfaction. Specifically, the hypothesized model suggests that accountability affects organizational citizenship behavior, which in turn influences job performance and satisfaction through personal reputation. Three alternative models were also examined, but the hypothesized model demonstrated the best fit to the data. Strengths and limitations of the study, directions for future research, and implications for practice are discussed. © 2009 Baker College.

CitationsScopus - 14
2009Laird MD, Perryman AA, Hochwarter WA, Ferris GR, Zinko R, 'The Moderating Effects of Personal Reputation on Accountability-Strain Relationships', JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY, 14 70-83 (2009) [C1]
DOI10.1037/a0012567Author URL
CitationsScopus - 13Web of Science - 10
2007Zinko R, Ferris GR, Blass FR, Laird MD, 'Toward a Theory of Reputation in Organizations', Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management, 26 163-204 (2007)

In everyday life, as well as in work organizations, we engage in frequent and quite comfortable discourse about the nature of reputations, and wealso see personal reputation used as a basis for important human resources decisions (e.g., promotions, terminations, etc.). Unfortunately, despite its recognized importance, there has been very little theory and research on personal reputation in organizations published in the organizational sciences. The present paper attempts to address this need by proposing a conceptualization of personal reputation in organizations. In this conceptualization, reputation is presented as an agreed upon, collective perception by others, and involves behavior calibration derived from social comparisons with referent others that results in a deviation from the behavioral norms in one's environment, as observed and evaluated by others. Implications of this conceptualization are discussed, as are directions for future research. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

CitationsScopus - 27
2007Ferris GR, Zinko R, Brouer RL, Buckley MR, Harvey MG, 'Strategic bullying as a supplementary, balanced perspective on destructive leadership', LEADERSHIP QUARTERLY, 18 195-206 (2007)
DOI10.1016/j.leaqua.2007.03.004Author URL
CitationsScopus - 54Web of Science - 44
2007Ferris GR, Perrewé PL, Ranft AL, Zinko R, Stoner JS, Brouer RL, Laird MD, 'Human resources reputation and effectiveness', Human Resource Management Review, 17 117-130 (2007)

The Human Resources (HR) function in organizations has had a long and well-documented history, during which it has evolved through a number of distinct stages from a mere record-keeping function to one of strategic importance and bottom-line impact. Implicit in such characterizations is the reputation of HR as well as its effectiveness, and the focus of this paper is to review the status of theory and research on HR reputation and effectiveness, and recommend directions for future work. © 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

CitationsScopus - 19
2007Harvey MG, Buckly MR, Ferris GR, Heames JT, Zinko RA, Brouer RL, Ferris GR, 'A bully as the archetypal destructive leader.', Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 117-129 (2007)
2007Liu Y, Ferris GR, Zinko R, Perrewe PL, Weitz B, Xu J, 'Dispositional antecedents and outcomes of political skill in organizations: A four-study investigation with convergence', JOURNAL OF VOCATIONAL BEHAVIOR, 71 146-165 (2007)
DOI10.1016/j.jvb.2007.04.003Author URL
CitationsScopus - 58Web of Science - 54
2007Hochwarter WA, Ferris GR, Zinko R, Arnell B, James M, 'Reputation as a moderator of political behavior-work outcomes relationships: A two-study investigation with convergent results', JOURNAL OF APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY, 92 567-576 (2007)
DOI10.1037/0021-9010.92.2.567Author URL
CitationsScopus - 50Web of Science - 45
2006Ranft AL, Zinko R, Ferris GR, Buckley MR, 'Marketing the image of management: The costs and benefits of CEO reputation', ORGANIZATIONAL DYNAMICS, 35 279-290 (2006)
DOI10.1016/j.orgdyn.2006.05.003Author URL
CitationsScopus - 19Web of Science - 17
2005Perrewe PL, Zellars KL, Rossi AM, Ferris GR, Kacmar CJ, Liu Y, et al., 'Political skill: An antidote in the role overload-strain relationship', JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY, 10 239-250 (2005)
DOI10.1037/1076-8998.10.3.239Author URL
CitationsScopus - 47Web of Science - 42
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Conference (2 outputs)

2014Furner CP, Zinko RA, Zhu Z, McDowell W, Dalton A, 'Online Word-Of-Mouth and Mobile Product Reviews: An Experimental Investigation of the Mediating Role of Mobile Self Efficacy', THIRTEENTH WUHAN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON E-BUSINESS, 2014, Wuhan, PEOPLES R CHINA (2014) [E1]
Author URL
2013Zinko RA, Hall AT, 'Negative Reputation: An overview', Academy of Management, Orlando, Florida (2013) [E3]

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

2007Zinko RA, Antecedents and consequences of personal reputation in organizations, Florida State University (2007)

Grants and Funding


Number of grants1
Total funding$5,000

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20131 grants / $5,000

Exploring the different dimensions of personal reputation$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Robert Zinko
SchemeNew Staff Grant
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
Type Of FundingInternal

Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014The influence of religious diversity in the workplace.
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law

Dr Robert Zinko


Senior Lecturer
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Contact Details

Phone(02) 4921 8727


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