Articles by Ben Butina, Ph.D.

Instructional Design Scholarship Focuses on Tech, Not Theory

Researchers analyzed all instructional design research published between 2007 and 2017. They found a strong bias in favor of computer-based technologies and relatively little research on learning theory. They also discovered some bad news for the open access trend: Among…


Stefanie Mockler on Coaching

A warm welcome to Stefanie Mockler, a doctoral candidate at DePaul University. Stefanie is a leadership consultant, executive coach, and Head of Insights at Vantage Leadership Consulting. She’s also the founder and owner at The Female Leader’s Edge, where she coaches women…


Positive Gossip

Gossip is bad. Except when it’s good. So-called “positive gossip” is when you say good things about someone behind their back. In this study, managers who shared positive gossip about a third party with an employee improved the quality of…


Academic Backgrounds of Executive Coaches

Does having a degree in psychology make you a better coach? We’re a long way from an answer to that question, but among the coaches who participated in this study, at least, those with an academic background in psychology helped…


Should We Make HiPo Lists Public?

Should we tell employees they’re high-potentials or keep the list locked down? Senior leaders and the HR, OD, and L&D folks who support them have been debating this issue behind closed doors forever. Mostly, that debate has been informed by…


Role Identity Shifts for New Manager

Here’s something most new manager training programs don’t take into account: management is a matter of degree. Some new managers will have “pure” management roles and drop their individual contributor work completely. Others will ascend to “working manager” roles in…


What (Else) Can I Do with an IO Psych Degree?

Become the Chief Human Resources Officer of Marriott International, the largest hospital company in history. And while you’re at it, lead Marriott’s merger with Starwood, the second largest hospitality company in history. These days, pretty much everyone feels disconnected and…


Informational Videos for Research Participants

The Office for Human Research Protections has created a series of seven short, informational videos for potential research participants. Titles include What is Research?, Randomization, and Questions to Ask. Find the videos at the OHRP website.


Teaching Stats the Non-Awful, Non-Boring Way

Jess Hartnet, an IO psychologist teaching at Gannon University, shares weekly tips for teaching statistics at her blog, Not Awful and Boring Ideas for Teaching Statistics. Here’s an excerpt from a recent post: I spent many a summer day at…


An Interview with Dr. Ben Beirmeier-Hanson

Although it wasn’t funny, we joked that no one grows up wanting to be an I/O psychologist because it’s not on anyone’s radar.Ben Beirmeier-Hanson Read or listen to the complete interview at The Tartan.