Kurt Kraiger

Professor and Chair, Department of Management

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Kurt Kraiger, Professor and Chair,  Department of Management


Dr. Kurt Kraiger is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Management, Fogelman College of Business and Economics, University of Memphis. He received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati in 1979, and his Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from The Ohio State University in 1983.

Dr. Kraiger conducts research on learning in ill-structured environments. In formal training, the trainer or instructor establishes the learning objectives, guides students through training, and determines when training is over. Ill-structured environments are learner-centric. For example, in technology-mediated learning environments, learners may set their own objectives, determine how they learn, and decide when they are done. In mentoring relationships, mentors and mentees mutually determine developmental outcomes. His doctoral students are currently doing research on mentoring, informal-learning behaviors, work-life balance training, employee openness to workplace health promotion programs, the self-undermining proposition in JDR theory, and interventions to limit careless responding.

Dr. Kraiger is a Fellow and former President of the Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychology (SIOP). He has edited three books on training, published over 65 scholarly papers, given nearly 40 invited talks, and made over 110 scientific presentations. Journals he has published in include: Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Academy of Management: Learning and Education, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Annual Review of Psychology, Psychological Bulletin, Journal of Business and Psychology, Human Resource Management Review, and Human Resource Management. He is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Business and Psychology and is on the editorial board of the Academy of Management: Learning and Education, Journal of Management, and Journal of Applied Psychology.

Recent Publications

Kraiger, K., Fisher, S., Grossman, R., Mills, M., & Sitzmann, T. (2022). Online I-O graduate education: Where are we and where should we go? Perspectives in I-O Psychology: Science and Practice, 15(2),151-171.

Sanchez*, D.R., Nelson*, T. R., Kraiger, K., Weiner, E., Lu, Y., & Schnall, J.H. (2022). Defining motivation in video game-based training: Exploring the differences between measures of motivation International Journal of Training and Development. 26, 1–28.

Kraiger, K., & Ford, J.K. (2021). The science of workplace instruction: Learning and development applied to work. Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, 8, 45–72.

Cavanagh*, T.M., Kraiger, K., & Henry, K. (2020). Age-related changes on the effects of job characteristics on job satisfaction: a longitudinal analysis. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 91, 60–84.

Kraiger, K., Cavanagh*, T.M., & Willis*, C.M.G. (2020). Why do cognitive prompts hurt learning in older adults? International Journal of Training & Development, 24, 1-17.

Kraiger, K., Finkelstein, L.M., & Varghese*, L.S. (2019). Enacting effective mentoring behaviors: Development and initial investigation of the cuboid of mentoring. Journal of Business and Psychology, 34, 403–424.

Mattingly*, V. & Kraiger, K. (2018). Can emotional intelligence be trained? A meta-analytical investigation. Human Resource Management Review, 29, 140-155.