Research - Kendall College of Arts and Sciences


Team & Individual Effectiveness

Team Interactions

This study utilizes Artemis, a space-ship bridge simulator, to capture team interactions on an interdependent task. Specifically this study is exploring knowledge sharing, leader emergence, and diversity within the interdependent teams as they have work together to protect their space stations and kill enemy ships.

Self-Regulated Learning

This study was looking at the use of self-regulated learning strategies in a computer-supported collaborative learning environment. Specifically what individual difference factors predict the utilization of self-regulated learning strategies and whether or not these strategies are related to performance. Additionally, the team was interested in whether or not teamwork – taskwork proximity is related to strategy use.

Dyadic Interactions

This study examines organizationally-relevant outcomes, such as performance and creativity, at both the individual- and team-level to gain a better understanding of how individuals affect each other as they interact.

Teamwork Experience

This study looks at different influences on team attitude and willingness to participate in a team in the future. Variables such as efficacy, climate, and teamwork quality will be assessed in both academic and applied settings.

Diversity & Inclusion

Deep Level Diversity in Teams

For his dissertation, Josh Royes is examining the relative impact that actual and perceived team and deep-level diversity have on team outcomes. The deep-level diversity variables he is focusing on are affective commitment, self-efficacy, functional background, and expertise. He is expecting that actual diversity will be more influential on performance than perceived diversity, while perceived diversity will be more impactful on affectively-based outcomes (i.e., team viability and team satisfaction) than actual diversity.


This study is interested in developing a deeper understanding of how diversity affects the lens through which we perceive others by examining the intersectionality of demographic groups and social group memberships. Intersectionality states demographic categories don’t operate independly, but intersect one another. For example, you aren’t defined by merely your race or your gender, but your race and gender intersect to create your experience unique to that demographic combination. This study seeks to untangle the consequences of intersectionality by examining if individuals are more likely to trust, experience interpersonal attraction, or homophily depending on the similiarity and dissimilarity of the other individual. More interestingly, if there are differences between people due to differing intersectional identities.

Diversity Program Development Project

The goal of this project is to ultimately develop an innovative diversity program that stresses the instrumental and terminal values of diversity and the importance of value differences between employees, with measurable behavioral outcomes.

Attitudes & Motivation

Healthcare Techology’s Impact on Motivation

For his dissertation, Bret is seeking to understand how IT in healthcare, like electronic medical records (EMR), affect providers’ motivation. There’s something curious about how EMR can at once empower providers to deliver higher quality care and leave them more emotionally exhausted from their work. He thinks it is related to how technology shapes patient-provider interactions. Those encounters seem to help healthcare providers find meaning in their work, but EMR is making those exchanges feel more transactional, more efficient. If EMR makes finding meaning in those interactions more difficult, then it might inadvertently reshape the motivational architecture of healthcare work. That dynamic is part of what he wants to measure and understand.

Individual Differences in Procrastination

The purpose of this study is to explore the relationships between various individual difference factors and procrastination. Procrastination can be conceptualized as a lack of motivation to complete or engage in a task. Data are being collected both in the United States and abroad.

Goal Setting and Recovery

The purpose of this study is to explore the relationship between goal-setting during work-time breaks and other aspects of non-work life on recovery and related occupational health indicators.

Organizational Wellness Project

The purpose of this research was to assess both the individual differences, as well as, organizational factors that affect employee participation in organizational wellness programs.

Organizational Climate

Gossip in the Workplace

This study is interested in exploring various contextual and individual antecedents of gossip within organizations. The study hopes to find individual level characteristics that are linked to the propensity to gossip within the workplace as well as why individuals might be gossiping in the first place such as possible prosocial reasons.

Non-Profit Organization Climate Assessment

This was a consulting project with a non-profit organization in Tulsa to assess the reward and recognition climate, employee effectiveness, attitudes, and organizational citizenship behavior. An organization-wide employee survey was developed and distributed. A content analysis of additional interview data is and data entry were completed by both graduate and undergraduate students.

Religious Organization Culture Assessment

This was a consulting project to assess the cultural environment of a local faith based organization. The project provided a preliminary report to the organization and a follow-up report.

Global Community Staff Development Project

The purpose of this study was to perform a training needs analysis, gathering information regarding perceived training needs from staff members who interact with the organization’s increasingly diverse population. Serving as an initial step of a larger organizational Global Community Staff Development initiative, the results informed a training program.