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Friday Seminar 4 – Experience Sampling Methodology

Friday, April 28, 2017
11:30am – 2:30pm
Northern Hemisphere A2


Louis Tay, Purdue University
Marilyn Uy, Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Yujie (Jessie) Zhan, Wilfrid Laurier University


This seminar is designed to help researchers and practitioners understand and utilize novel techniques to capture employee experiences in real time on a regular basis to address interesting and important organizational questions.

Full Description:

This session is designed to help researchers and practitioners learn about experience sampling methodology (ESM) and its utility for addressing interesting and important organizational questions. As a data collection tool, ESM accommodates more nuanced and compelling research questions involving process-oriented, dynamic constructs that change over time. It can also help organizations obtain a real-time pulse on employee engagement, attitudes, and feedback over time. The session is designed to be relevant to 1) organizational researchers interested in the issue of time and temporal dynamics, 2) Human Resources professionals/consultants who want to explore and develop new ways of assessing employee experiences. 

Intended Audience:

The session is intended for a general audience at a post-graduate level; no specific content knowledge is required.

Conflict of Interest Statement:

Presenter Louis Tay is the Founder and President of Expimetrics, an experience sampling software. This software will be briefly introduced in this session, together with other types of experience sampling software, so as to inform the attendees of the variety of available tools for conducting research.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the experience sampling method (ESM) and its key components
  • Explain key issues for consideration in ESM research questions and designs
  • Describe different techniques for analyzing ESM data
  • Summarize potential uses of ESM for organizational research and practice
  • List potential ESM platforms

Presenter Biographies:

Louis Tay is an Assistant Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Purdue University. He holds a PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His substantive research interests include well-being (subjective well-being, psychological well-being), character strengths, and vocational interests. His methodological research interests include measurement, item response theory, latent class modeling, and multilevel analysis. His research appeared in journals such as Psychological Bulletin, Perspectives on Psychological Science, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Organizational Research Methods, Applied Psychological Measurement, and Educational and Psychological Measurement. His research has also appeared in various media outlets such as Wall Street Journal, APA Monitor on Psychology, Scientific American Mind, Psychology Today, and MSNBC. He serves as the Associate Editor for the journal Organizational Research Methods, and serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Applied PsychologyJournal of Management, and Psychological Assessment. He has also contributed to the United Nations' research reports on well-being. He is the founder of the Experience Sampling platform Expimetrics (www.expimetrics.com). He was awarded the 2015 Rising Star award from the Association of Psychological Science and the 2016 Sage Publications/RMD/CARMA Early Career Award.

Marilyn A. Uy is an Assistant Professor at Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. She completed her Ph.D. in Management in 2009 at the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to joining Nanyang Business School, she was at the Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria, Canada. Her research spans the broad areas of work motivation, affect, stress and coping, and psychological processes in entrepreneurship. Her articles have been published in premier academic journals, including Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Organizational Research Methods, Human Relations, and Personality and Individual Differences. Several of her papers on experience sampling methodology (ESM) have received prestigious recognitions. Her paper on mood spillover and crossover among dual-earner couples was one of the finalists for the 2010 Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work Family Research. Another paper on entrepreneurs’ affect and venture effort was selected for the 2009 Entrepreneurship Research Exemplars Conference—an invited best practices conference for advancing research excellence in entrepreneurship. Her paper on using ESM to advance entrepreneurship research won the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division’s 2011 IDEA Awards Thought Leader Award. She serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Business Venturing and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.

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