Sang Eun Woo

Degree: Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009

Research Interests:

Dr. Woo's substantive research so far has focused on how people's personality and motivation can help explain various psychological phenomena in the workplace. Particular outcomes of interest include work attitudes (e.g., satisfaction and commitment), withdrawal behaviors (e.g., turnover), and interpersonal relationships (e.g., networking and social networks). Sang's overall research program is motivated by her desire to understand, harness, and/or foster OPENNESS in academia as well as the rest of the world -- Openness to new ideas and experiences, to people with different opinions and cultural backgrounds, to important life lessons and opportunities for growth, and to novel and underutilized scientific methods (e.g., inductive/abductive, person-centered/configural, Big Data, Bayesian, qualitative).

For more information about I-O psychology and Dr. Woo’s research, click here.

Prospective Graduate Students

Dr. Woo is planning to admit new students for the upcoming academic year (pending departmental approval)

Selected Recent Publications:

(Underline denotes student author)

Woo, S. E., Tay, L., & Proctor, R. (Eds.) (forthcoming). Big Data Methods for Psychological Research: New Horizons and Challenges. Washington D. C., APA Books.

Woo, S. E., Tay, L., Jebb, A., Ford, M., & Kern, M. (forthcoming). Collecting Big Data for Enhancing Measurement Quality. In S. Woo, L. Tay, & R. Proctor (Eds.). Big Data Methods for Psychological Research: New Horizons and Challenges. Washington D. C., APA Books.

Woo, S. E. (in press). Big Data opportunities for advancing turnover theory: A Case for inductive and abductive research. Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Hickman, L., Tay, L., & Woo, S. E. (in press). Validity investigation of off-the-shelf language-based personality assessment using video interviews: Convergent and discriminant relationships with self and observer ratings. Personnel Assessment and Decisions.

Porter, C. M., Keith, M. G., & Woo, S. E. (in press). A meta-analysis of network positions and creative performance: Differentiating creativity conceptualizations and measurement approaches. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. (The first two authors contributed equally)

Porter, C. M., Woo, S. E., Allen, D. A., & Keith, M. (2019). Network centrality and employee turnover: A meta-analytic path modeling approach. Journal of Applied Psychology, 104(4), 511-536.

Saef, R., Porter, C. M., Woo, S. E., & Wiese, C. (2019). Getting off on the right foot: The role of openness to experience in fostering initial trust between culturally dissimilar partners. Journal of Research in Personality, 79, 176-187.

Woo, S. E., Jebb, A. T., Tay, L., & Parrigon, S. (2018). Putting the “person” in the center: Review and synthesis of person-centered approaches and methods in organizational science. Organizational Research Methods, 21(4), 814-845.

Parrigon, S., Woo, S. E., & Tay, L. (2018). Towards a comprehensive science of situations: On the importance of Typicality and the lexical approach. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 114(3), 493-495.

Parrigon, S., Woo, S. E., Tay, L., & Wang, T. (2017). CAPTION-ing the situation: A lexically-derived taxonomy of psychological situation characteristics. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 112(4), 642-681.

Woo, S. E., O'Boyle, E. H., & Spector, P. E. (2017). Best practices in developing, conducting, and evaluating inductive research. Human Resource Management Review, 27, 255-264.

Jebb, A., Parrigon, S. & Woo, S. E. (2017). Exploratory data analysis as a foundation of inductive research. Human Resource Management Review, 27, 265-276.

Porter, C. M., Woo, S. E., & Campion, M. (2016). Internal and external networking differentially predict turnover through job embeddedness and job offers. Personnel Psychology, 69(3), 635–672.
**Finalist (Top 3) for Personnel Psychology’s 2016 Best Article Award**

Woo, S. E., Chae, M. W., Jebb, A. T., & Kim, Y. D. (2016). A closer look at the personality-turnover relationship: Criterion expansion, dark traits, and time. Journal of Management, 42(2), 357–385.

Zimmerman, R., Swider, B., Woo, S. E.  & Allen, D. (2016). Who withdraws? Psychological individual differences and employee withdrawal behaviors. Journal of Applied Psychology. 101(4), 498-519.






Sang Eun Woo

Associate Professor, Industrial-Organizational Psychology

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Department of Psychological Sciences
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