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).

Selected Recent Publications:

(Underline denotes student author)

Woo, S. E., Tay, L., & Behrend, T. (Eds.) (under contract).  Technology and Measurement: Research and Practices around the Globe. Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press. 

Hickman, L., Bosch, N., Ng, V., Saef, R., Tay, L., & Woo, S. E. (in press). Automated video interview personality assessments: Reliability, validity, and generalizability investigations. Journal of Applied Psychology.

Jesiek, B., Woo, S.E., Parrigon, S., & Porter, C.M. (2020) Developmenet and initial validation of a situational judgment test for global engineering competency. Journal of Engineering Education, 109(3), 470-490.

Woo, S. E., Tay, L., & Proctor, R. (Eds.) (2020). Big Data in Psychological Research. Washington D. C., APA Books. 

Tay, L., Woo, S. E., Hickman, L., & Saef, R. (2020). Social media psychometric and validity issues in machine learning approaches to personality assessment: A focus on social media text mining. European Journal of Personality, 34(5), 826-844.  

Woo, S. E. (2019). Big data opportunities for advancing turnover theory: A case for inductive and abductive research. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 12(3), 330-333.  

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., & 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. 

Porter, C. M., Parrigon, S., Woo, S. E., Saef, R., & Tay, L. (2017). Cultural and intellectual openness differentially relate to social comparisons with potential work partners. Journal of Personality, 85(5), 632-642. doi:10.1111/jopy.12266. 

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

Mailing Address:
Department of Psychological Sciences
Purdue University
703 Third Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2081 USA

Campus Address:
Psychological Sciences, Room 2116

Telephone: (765) 494-3126
CV: Sang Woo.pdf


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