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Research Labs

Learning Strategy Lab

Through the lenses of adult cognition, organizational behavior, and expertise development, we explore learning strategy and design. Our work centers on two efforts. First, we engage in cutting-edge research to advance industry practice for improving performance across a variety of critical, strategic learning issues. Second, we partner with organizations in industry to complete consultative projects.

Marginalized and Cross-Cultural Research & Design Learning Tech Group

Our lab focuses on how empathetic design-based thinking can improve learning and development (L&D) initiatives in global organizations working across cultures, developing a diverse workforce, and sometimes in support of marginalized groups. We are interested in addressing organizational development needs or opportunities, with the efficient and effective design of workplace learning technology, to deliver better results. We use a variety of methods (e.g., interviews, questionnaires, surveys, extant data) to understand these needs or opportunities, and employ evidence-based interventions, to support L&D or change performance.

OPWL Action Research Lab

The Knowledge for Action Virtual Research Lab (K-Act Lab) is committed to research for change. While research methods often stress knowledge generation for its own sake, this lab harnesses evidence-based research practices that pave the way for better learning, performance, increasing opportunity, and improving the conditions in which we work and learn. It was created expressly to support students and others who want to build research experience and expertise in a supportive community. While they may explore a wide variety of topics, the projects in this lab are grounded in Human Performance Improvement.

Process Management Lab

Steve Villachica

Steven Villachica, Ph.D.
Associate Professor OPWL

Rob Anson

Rob Anson, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor of Information Systems

Visit the PML

The PML helps small to mid-sized nonprofit organizations build internal infrastructure to achieve missions and serve their communities. Consulting for good, we bring faculty, graduate, and student expertise to nonprofits who otherwise could not afford them.

Wisdom Implementation Lab

The Wisdom Implementation Lab (WIL) endeavors to create a more livable society by taking research-based principles and practices for wisdom development and making them accessible to practice and use in the workplace.

Workplace-Oriented Research Central Lab

Yonnie Chyung

Seung Youn (Yonnie) Chyung, Ed.D.

Visit Dr. Chyung’s research lab

Dr. Chyung and her WORC research teams have been working on projects with various topics such as:

  • Survey Design and Scale Development
  • Evaluation
  • Organizational Performance Improvement
  • E-learning and Social Media