The Center for Meeting Effectiveness (CME) lab is a research lab devoted to the study of workplace meetings and how they impact employees for better or worse. Specifically, we strive to understand how to improve meetings in organizations so as to maximize outcomes for meeting leaders and participants/attendees. Meetings are a “taken-for-granted” aspect of most jobs and research suggests they can be a source of satisfaction and/or misery. In meetings, employees solve problems, discuss strategic plans, develop programs, coordinate work activities, distribute resources, recognize hard work of others, and so on. Given these many functions, there are a host of interesting research and practical questions that can be answered by the scientific study of meetings. To this end, the CME Lab studies various aspects of meetings in organizations (e.g. meeting lateness, design characteristics, leader traits) and how they impact employee attitudes (e.g. employee engagement), behavior (e.g. performance and organizational citizenship behaviors), and well-being (e.g. burnout).
Scott, C., Allen, J. A., *Bonilla, D. & Baran, B. (in press) Ambiguity and freedom of dissent in post incident discussion. Journal of Business Communication.
Allen, J. A., *Sands, S., *Mueller, S., *Frear, K., *Mudd, M., & Rogelberg, S. G. (2012). Employees’ feelings about more meetings: An overt analysis and recommendations for improving meetings. Management Research Review, 35(5), 405-418. Doi: 10.1108/01409171211222331
Cohen, M. A., Rogelberg, S. G., Allen, J. A., & Luong, A. (2011). Meeting design characteristics and attendee perceptions of staff/team meeting quality. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice 15(1), 90-104. Doi: 10.1037/a0021549
Rogelberg, S. G., Allen, J. A., Shanock, L., Scott, C. W., Shuffler, M. (2010). Employee satisfaction with meetings: A contemporary facet of job satisfaction. Human Resource Management, 49(2), 149-172. Doi: 10.1002/hrm.2033
Allen, J. A., Baran, B. E., & Scott, C. S. (2010). After-action reviews: A venue for the promotion of safety climate. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 42, 750-757. Doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2009.11.004.
Allen, J. A., Rogelberg, S. G., & Scott, J. (2008). Meaningful Meetings: Improve Your Organization’s Effectiveness One Meeting at a Time. Quality Progress, 41, 48-53.
If you would like to become a member of the VPA, CME, or EDW labs, please feel free to send us an application. The application should contain the following:
1. An updated copy of your professional résumé.
2. A statement of interest which explains why you are interested in the lab you are applying for, what your future career plans are, and why participating in research in this lab would help you achieve your goals.
Please send these materials to Dr. Joseph Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once we review your application materials, a follow-up interview will be scheduled with the appropriate lab coordinator and Dr. Allen.