Patrick E. Downes

Patrick E. Downes
  • Associate Professor
  • Management and Entrepreneurship academic area


Patrick Downes is an associate professor in Management at the University of Kansas School of Business. He earned his doctoral degree in Management and Organizations from the University of Iowa, his master’s degree in Higher Education from Iowa State University, and his bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Business Administration from the University of Kansas. 

His research interests include employees’ social contexts (e.g., social networks, social comparisons, social learning, and teamwork) as well as research methods applied in both social science and people analytics practice. His work has been published in academic journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Harvard Business Review, Human Resource Management Review, and Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology.

Downes has served as an elected officer in the Human Resources Division of the Academy of Management and is a member of the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology and the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research. He teaches undergraduate courses in organizational behavior and compensation, and research methods at the doctoral level.


Ph.D. in Management and Organizations, University of Iowa, 2015
M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration,, Iowa State University, 2008
B.S. in Marketing and Business Administration, University of Kansas, 2006