What causes employee attitudes? How do employee attitudes vary across cultures? …by tenure and other demographic variables? What employee attitudes are most related to customer satisfaction and business performance? What motivates employees to perform? …to join an organization? …to leave an organization? How does feedback change behavior? What causes failure in job performance?...in leaders?...in groups? How can job performance success or failure be predicted? How do organization culture and change affect employee attitudes and motivation? These are the types of research questions I have been interested in and investigated over the years in a variety of settings.
My research and practice span a range of industrial/organizational psychology topics, including employee selection, management assessment, leadership, performance appraisal, training, employee attitudes, motivation, organization culture and change. I have a Ph.D. in organizational/social psychology from the University of Washington. M y doctoral dissertation examined employee motivation in both laboratory and field studies.
I have worked in academic as well as applied settings. I have been director of Global Workforce Research at IBM, senior manager of People Research for the Boeing Company, and research scientist at Battelle Research Institute. My research and practice include applied studies at Battelle working with engineers and other scientists on safety and leadership issues, people research and management development at the Boeing Company, and research on a variety of workforce topics, including empirically linking employee attitudes to business outcomes, at IBM.
My research has involved a variety of countries and cultures. These include studies conducted in Japanese power plants, research with Battelle’s London and Geneva offices, studies on global leadership with work in China at Boeing, and two years in Europe and time in India as part of my global research role at IBM.
In addition to teaching at NYU, I have taught at the University of Washington, Seattle University, and Richmond International University in London England. I serve on professional and editorial boards and have over 50 publications and presentations.
American Psychological Association, Fellow
European Congress of Work and Organizational Psychologists
International Association of Applied Psychology
Metropolitan New York Association of Applied Psychologists
Society for Industrial/ Organizational Psychology, Fellow
Selected Publications, Presentations
Saari, L. M. (2008). Perspectives of industrial/organizational psychologists in global companies: Insights, issues and challenges. Annual Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychologists Conference.
Saari, L. M. (2007). Bridging the worlds. Academy of Management Journal, 50, 1043-1045.
Saari, L. M. (2007). Critical issues in industrial/organizational psychology research. Annual Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychologists Conference.
Saari, L. M. & Judge, T. A. (2004). Employee attitudes and job satisfaction. Human Resource Management, 43, 395-407.
Saari, L. M. (2001). Commentary on the reciprocal transfer of learning from journals to practice . Applied Psychology: An International Review,50, 241-245.
Saari, L.M. (2000). Employee surveys and attitudes across cultures: Are I-O psychology practices applicable across cultures? Annual Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychologists Conference.
Saari, L. M., Johnson, T., McLaughlin, S., and Zimmerle, D. (1989). Management training and education practices in US companies. Personnel Psychology, 41, 731-744.
Saari, L. M. & Latham, G.P. (1982). Employee reactions to continuous and variable ratio reinforcement schedules involving a monetary incentive. Journal of Applied Psychology, 67, 506-508.
Lise M. Saari
Department of Psychology
New York University
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New York, NY 10003