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Trent D. Salvaggio, Ph.D.


Address: J.C. Long, Room 332A
Office Hours: M-W: 1:00-2:00 pm; also by appointment
Phone: 843.953.5853
Curriculum Vitae: Download

Trent Salvaggio joined the department of Management and Marketing (formerly Management and Entrepreneurship) at the College of Charleston in 2011.   His research interests include leadership in virtual settings, leader-member exchange theory, and quality management.  A former business executive with 15 years of senior leadership experience in multi-national and Fortune 500 companies, he is also a Six Sigma Black Belt and a PMI certified Project Management Professional.  Trent has been instrumental in spear-heading the introduction of Project Management to upper-classmen. 

Professor Salvaggio's primary research area revolves around various aspects of alternative working arrangements including virtual work and telecommuting.  His recent work, investigating leadership and the leadership process in virtual environments, attempts to identify key characteristics of effective leadership in virtual work arrangements and how it differs from effective leadership in a traditional work arrangement.  He is also interested in modeling and testing contemporary quality management theory and its applicability to different business sectors.

In his spare time, Trent provides support for various non-profit groups, and enjoys a variety of outdoor activities.   

Research Interests

  • Alternative working arrangements (for example:  virtual work and telecommuting)
  • Effective leadership in virtual work arrangements vs. effective leadership in a traditional work arrangement; what are the differences
  • LMX Theory
  • Emotional intelligence

Courses Taught

  • Management and Organizational Behavior
  • Strategy
  • Leadership
  • Business Policy


  • Desplaces, D., Blair, C.A., & Salvaggio, T. (2015). Do e-learning tools make a difference? Results from a case study. Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 16 (4): 23-34.
  • Salvaggio, T. & Kent, T. W. In Print. "Examining the relationship between charismatic leadership and the lower-order factors of LMX. A follower based perspective of the moderating effect of communication frequency."  Leadership & Organization Development Journal