Candace Esken

Candace Esken

Assistant Professor, Management and Leadership

    Business and Engineering Convergence Center 3144
    (309) 677-3554


Ph.D. Management, Louisiana State University
MBA Bradley University
B. S. Business Management and Administration, Bradley University


Dr. Candace A. Esken joined the Foster College of Business in 2018 after completing her Ph.D. in management at Louisiana State University and working as an assistant professor of management at East Carolina University. Her research focuses primarily on job-related boredom, individual differences, motivation, and corporate culture. Dr. Esken’s research has appeared in several peer-reviewed journals and has been recognized at numerous regional and national conferences including the Academy of Management and the Southern Management Association She was the recipient of 2017 Douglas McGregor Memorial Award for Best Paper of the year in the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science.

Prior to earning her Ph.D., Dr. Esken earned both her Bachelor’s Degree and MBA from Bradley University. She also accumulated industry experience working in various roles in corporate finance and specialty insurance.


Dr. Esken believes that one of the most prominent goals when teaching any management course is to inspire interest in the topic. She achieves this by using real-life examples, sharing personal stories, and driving home the importance of each lesson by connecting the material to students’ everyday lives and careers. 

  • M L 250 Interpersonal Effectiveness in Organizations 
  • M L 354 Maximizing Effectiveness in Organizations
  • M L 358 Managerial Decision Making under Teaching


2017 Douglas McGregor Memorial Award for Best Paper of the Year at The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science

L. G. Weinzimmer, & C. A. Esken. (2017). Learning from mistakes: How mistake tolerance positively affects organizational learning and performance. The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 53(3). 

Recent Conference Presentations: 

Beus, J. M., Solomon, S. J., Taylor, E. C., & Esken, C. A. (2020). Making sense of climate: A meta-analytic extension of the competing values framework. Organizational Psychology Review, 10(3-4).

Esken, C. A. (2018). Assessing job-related boredom: Conceptualization and scale development. Annual Meeting of the Southern Management Association. 

Esken, C. A. (2018). Weary at work: A conservation of resources approach to understanding job-related boredom. Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. 


Professional Memberships: Academy of Management, Southern Management Association