Patricia Martinez, Ph.D.

Office: Hilton 238
Phone: 310.338.1960

Areas of Expertise

  • Strategic Human Resources Management
  • Paternalism in Employment Relationships and Leadership Styles
  • Social Exchange, Social Identity and Citizenship Behaviors


Patricia G. Martinez is an associate professor of management in the College of Business Administration at Loyola Marymount University. Her areas of expertise include topics in organizational behavior and human resource management. Most recently, Dr. Martinez has focused on how employees rely upon human resource practices as signals of the working conditions which employers either implicitly or explicitly promise.  Additionally, in the area of employee selection, Dr. Martinez examines whether hiring managers view overqualification as a liability or an asset when making selection decisions.

Prior to joining the LMU faculty in 2005, Dr. Martinez taught at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her professional work experience outside of academia includes positions as a training specialist at Transamerica Financial Services and Unisys Corporation and as a program manager for Los Angeles Team Mentoring, a non-profit organization. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of Management Research and is a member of the Academy of Management, Western Academy of Management, and the Iberoamerican Academy of Management.

Dr. Martinez firmly believes that professional organizations are critical to one’s personal, educational and career development.  As a first-generation college student, her participation in professional organizations as a student and young professional helped to fast-track her career and eventually led her to earning a doctoral degree.  Her professional affiliations have included the LA Junior Chamber of Commerce (Board of Directors), the National Society of Hispanic MBAs, The PhD Project, and the Management Faculty of Color Association. Dr. Martinez was a Riordan Program Fellow at the Anderson Graduate School of Management (UCLA). She received a Ph.D. in management from the University of California, Irvine and a B.S. in business administration from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. 

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  • PhD: UC-Irvine (2002)
  • BS: California State Polytechnic University-Pomona (1991)

Recent Publications
  • Martinez, P.G., Lengnick-Hall, M., & Kulkarni, M. 2014. "An integrative model for the study of overqualification in organizations." Personnel Review, 43, p. 957-974.

  • Kulkarni, M., Martínez, P.G. & Lengnick-Hall. In press. "Overqualification, Mismatched Qualification, and Hiring Decisions." Personnel Review

  • Patricia Martinez and Carolina B. Gómez, 2013. "Trading telecommuting flexibility for fewer training opportunities?" Management Research: The Journal of the Iberoamerican Academy of Management, Vol. 11 Iss: 3, pp.235 - 259.

  • Suazo, M., Martínez, P.G & Sandoval, R. 2011. "Creating psychological and legal contracts through HRM practices: A strength of signals perspective." Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal, 23: 187-204.

  • Gavino, M., Martinez, P.G. & Malos, S. 2010. "Contingent employment relationships between tour guides and tour operators in Ecuador: Human resource management practices and attitudinal outcomes." Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal, 22: 213-234.

  • Suazo, M., Martínez, P.G & Sandoval, R. 2009. "Creating psychological and legal contracts through human resource practices: A signaling theory perspective." Human Resources Management Review, 19(2), 154-166.

  • Solansky, S., Duchon, D., Plowman, D. & Martínez, P.G. 2008. "On the Same Page: The Value of Paid and Volunteer Leaders Sharing Mental Models in Churches." Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 19, 203-219.

  • Martinez, P.G., Sepulveda-Boykin, D., & Lengnick-Hall, M. L. 2007. "Predictors of employment & labor law knowledge among diverse employee populations." Business Journal of Hispanic Research, 1, 78-89.