Research Fellows & Projects


Dr. Dutch Franz
Fellow since Oct 2016

How can leader self-awareness be enhanced?

Effects of insight meditation on self-awareness in leaders: A quasi-experimental study.

Emotional intelligence has been linked to positive leadership outcomes.  The construct of self-awareness is a foundational competency in emotional intelligence theory.  There is a gap in current research literature exploring ways to develop self-awareness in organizational leaders.   This research used a quantitative methodology to explore the effect of a mindfulness-based training program on self-awareness in a sample of organizational leaders […]

What technological and leadership factors contribute to performance of virtual workers?

Leader communication style and coaching behaviors effects on virtual worker’s engagement

The construct of work engagement has received much attention in the literature over the last two decades; however, limited research has been conducted regarding virtual workers and work engagement. Advances in Information Communication Technology (ICT) have provided increased flexibility in working arrangements to employers and workers. Media-rich communications, such as voice/video communications provided by Adobe Connect, are known to be more effective at communicating complex information and ideas while less rich media communications, such as e-mail, have been found to be less effective […]


Dr. Wendy Anson
Fellow since Oct 2016


Dr. Eve Tracy Coker
Fellow since Apr 2017

How can managers better engage Millennials at work?

The experience of meaning in work for millennials

Research was performed to study the experience of meaning in work for millennials.  Meaning in work pertains to the sense of why people apply themselves to what they do for work.  Millennials have become a growing part of the modern workforce. Both topics have been identified as valuable areas of study in the field of Industrial-Organizational Psychology, with multiple authors calling for more study on both topics […]

How can managers further develop their engineering team leaders?

The experience of engineers leading project teams: A case study

This inquiry focuses on the leadership experiences of engineers leading project teams. Ten face-to-face interviews were conducted with current engineers in project leadership roles. These individuals were selected by their organizational leaders and other engineers as effective project leaders. The results indicated that although these leaders do not necessarily use a common leadership style, they lead their project team members by: developing trust-based relationships, committing to the team, perspective taking, learning from experience, and utilizing the engineering mindset […]


Dr. Halle A. Horvath
Fellow since Oct 2016


Dr. Solimar Miranda
Fellow since Oct 2016

Is Emotional Intelligence linked to leader traits, age, or gender?

A non-experimental quantitative study: Predicting Emotional Intelligence ability through the investigation of Trait Emotional Intelligence, burnout, age and gender of non-profit organizational leaders.

Nonprofit organizations traditionally lack in areas such as financial resources and leadership development. Emotional Intelligence has been associated with effective leadership skills. This study applied a non-experimental quantitative analysis to examine the models of Emotional Intelligence (ability and trait) as related to current nonprofit organizational leaders. This study has indicated that trait EI is a predictor of EI ability of nonprofit leaders. Therefore, a screening process to determine future leaders may be (developed) based on behavioral dispositions related to the trait EI domain. Finally, the practical implications of this study will impact nonprofit organizations by creating a culture shift that is founded on use of psychological principles to increase leadership competencies and leadership developmental […]

How do Millennials describe group loyalty?

Group loyalty: The experiences of the Millennial employee with a transformational leader mentor

The specific topic to be studied is group loyalty, the concept of remaining in a group when members could potentially obtain better outcomes by leaving the group (Vugt & Hart, 2004). Specifically, this qualitative study will focus on understanding millennial group loyalty in the workplace through the personal descriptions by millennial participants. The millennial generation […]


Brein Olmstead Haugen

Fellow since Oct 2016
Research in process


Kristen Obarka

Fellow since Apr 2017
Research in process

Are Millennial women’s experience of work values different from women in Gen x? How do differences present at work?

A comparison case study of Millennial and Gen x women’s work values

The purpose of this study is to gain insight into whether millennial women describe different work values than the gen xers women.  Parry and Urwin, 2011 suggested the need to explore the differences between two generations of women by focusing on work values as an area of needed research. It has been suggested that the utilization of qualitative methodologies is needed in the investigation in inter-generational dynamics while taking into consideration organizational variables like industry (eg. non-profits) (Urick,2012; Lyons & Kurons , 2013) .  This study will fill the current gap in the existing literature […]