Clive Fullagar, Ph.D.

fullagarContact Information

Office: BH 416

Phone: 532-0608

E-mail: fullagar@ksu.edu

Research Interests

I am an Organizational Psychologist who has been long interested in understanding why individuals become engaged in organizations and work. My initial research was undertaken on emergent labor organizations in South Africa. At that time, unions were the only political voice that was available for the large majority of black workers in South Africa. However, there was considerable risk involved in being an active member of the union. As a union member you could be fired without just cause, detained in prison, put under house arrest, and in some instances assassinated. I was interested in why workers would become involved with unions under these circumstances and researched a model of the causes and consequences of union commitment. When I came to the United States in 1988, my research question was flipped on its head. Instead of studying why workers joined unions I became interested in why workers were becoming disaffiliated with unions. My research has focused on applying basic social and organizational psychological models of behavior to understanding union involvement. This research has entailed longitudinal designs, sometimes as long as ten years, to sift out the causes and consequences of union engagement.

More recently my research has broadened its focus to investigate involvement or engagement in work. Drawing on recent developments in the field of positive psychology, I am currently researching what makes individuals become totally involved in work and the experience of “flow” in work-related activities. This interest has also spilled over into researching student engagement in academic activities. Specifically I am interested in trying to identify some of the individual and institutional determinants of engagement in work and the consequences of involvement, particularly psychological and physical well-being. This research has introduced me to new longitudinal research methods such as Experience Sampling Method (ESM) and the Daily Reconstruction Method (DRM).

 

Student Involvement

Most Industrial/Organizational graduate students are interested in non-academic (applied) jobs as opposed to academic (teaching and/or research) jobs. Consequently I try to get graduate students involved in such applied experiences as consultative work and the development of workshops and training programs with local organizations. I also encourage both graduate and undergraduate students to collaborate with me on research projects that I am currently engaged in, as well as developing their own independent research interests. My goal is to help students be successful in achieving their own goals.

 

Recent Publications (*indicates student co-author)

  • Fullagar, C., & Kelloway, E.K. (in press). Towards a positive occupational health psychology. In J. Houdmont, S. Leka, & R.R. Sinclair (Eds.), Contemporary Occupational Health       Psychology: Global Perspectives on Research and Practice, Volume 2, Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Fullagar, C., & Kelloway, E.K. (in press). Work related flow. In A.B. Bakker & K. Daniels (Eds.), A Day in the Life of a Happy Worker. Hove Sussex: Psychology Press.
  • Demerouti, E., & Fullagar, C. (in press). Experiencing Flow in the workplace and what individuals and organizations can do to foster it. Chapter in R. Burke & C.L. Cooper (Eds.), The Fulfilling Workplace: The Organization’s Role in Achieving Individual and Organizational Health, London, UK: Gower.
  • Fullagar, C.J., Knight, P.A., & Sovern, H.* (in press). Challenge/skill balance, flow, and performance anxiety. Applied Psychology: An International Review.
  • Culbertson, S.S., Mills, M.J.*, & Fullagar, C. (in press). Work Engagement and Work-Family Facilitation: Positive Affective Spillover. Human Relations. Special Issue: The life of a happy worker: Examining short-term fluctuations in employee happiness and well-being
  • Mills, M. J.*, Culbertson, S. S., & Fullagar, C. (in press). Conceptualizing and measuring engagement: An analysis of the Utrecht Work Engagement Scale. Journal of Happiness Studies.
  • Demerouti, E., Bakker, A., Sonnentag, S, & Fullagar, C.J. (in press). Work-related flow and energy at work and at home: A study on the role of daily recovery. Journal of Organizational Behavior.
  • Culbertson, S. S., Fullagar, C. J., & *Mills, M. J.* (2010). Feeling good and doing great: The relationship between psychological capital and well-being. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 15, 421-433.
  • Weyhrauch, W.S.*, Culbertson, S.S., Mills, M.J.*, & Fullagar, C.J. (2010). Engaging the engagers: Implications for the improvement of extension work design. Journal of Extension. [On-line], 48(3) Article 3FEA5. Available at http://www.joe.org/joe/2010june/a5.php.
  • Fullagar, C., & Kelloway. E.K. (2009). “Flow” at Work: An Experience Sampling Approach. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 81, 595-615.
  • Steele, J.P.*, & Fullagar, C. (2009). Facilitators and outcomes of student engagement in a college setting. Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied, 143, 5-27.
  • Fullagar, C., & Egleston, D.O.* (2008). Norming and Performing: Using Microworlds to Understand the Relationship Between Team Cohesiveness and Performance. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 38, 2574-2593.
  • Mills, M.J.*, & Fullagar, C. (2008). Flow and motivation: Toward an understanding of the dynamics of the relationship. Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied, 142, 533-553.

 

Recent Presentations (*indicates student co-author)

  • Fullagar, C. (2011). Finding Flow. Keynote address at the 30th Annual Psychological and Educational Research in Kansas (PERK) Convention, Hays, KS, October 28 – 29, 2011
  • Knight, P.A., Fullagar, C.J., & Waples, C.J.* (2011). Creating Flow to Reduce Stress.  Paper presented at the 9th Annual Work, Health and Stress Conference, Orlando, FL, May, 2011.
  • Freeman, T.E.*, Waples, C.J.*, Fullagar, C., & Knight, P.K. (2011). Timelessness and Flow. Paper presented at the 26th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Chicago, IL, April 14-16, 2011
  • Fullagar, C., Van Ittersum, K.W.*, Knight, P.A., Waples, C.J.*, & Stetzer, M.* (2010). Finding Flow: Lesson Learned from Rock Band®. Paper presented at the 5th European Conference on Positive Psychology, Copenhagen, Denmark, June 23 – 26, 2010
  • Fullagar, C. (2010). The Challenge of Flow. Paper presented at the 1st international conference, “The Concept of Flow: Toward a Scientific Integration.” Braunschweig, Germany, February 26 – 29, 2010.
  • Fullagar, C. (2009). Flow and Anxiety: Like Oil and Water. Paper presented at 8th International          Conference on Occupational Stress and Health. San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 4-8, 2009.
  • Fullagar, C., Knight, P.K., & Sovern, H.* (2009). Flow and Performance Anxiety. Paper presented at the 24th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. New Orleans, LA, April 2-4, 2009.
  • Mills, M.J., Culbertson, S.S., Fullagar, C. (2009). The Utrecht Work Engagement Scale: An Evaluation of Two Versions. Paper presented at the 24th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. New Orleans, LA, April 2-4, 2009.
  • Fullagar, C., Culbertson, S.S., & Mills, M.J.* (2009). Engagement: Positive Boundary Spanning Between Work and Family.  Paper presented at the 24th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. New Orleans, LA, April 2-4, 2009.
  • Culbertson, S.S., Fullagar, C., & Mills, M.J.* (2009). The Impact of Psychological Capitol on Hedonic and Eudaimonic Well-Being. Paper presented at the 24th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. New Orleans, LA, April 2-4, 2009.
  • Mills, M. J.*, & Fullagar, C.   (2008). Motivation and Flow:  Dynamics of the Relationship in Architectural Students.  Paper presented at 116th Annual American Psychological Association (APA) Conference. Boston, Massachusetts, August, 2008.
  • Steele, J. P.*, & Fullagar, C. (2008, August). Facilitators and Outcomes of Student Engagement in a College Setting. Paper presented at 116th Annual American Psychological Association (APA) Conference. Boston, Massachusetts, August, 2008.
  • Cochran M.L., & Fullagar, C. (2008). Flow and Performance Anxiety. Paper presented at the 36th Annual National Flute Association Convention. Kansas City, MO, August 7 – 10, 2008.
  • Rupayana, D. D.*, Steele, J. P.*, & Fullagar, C. (2008). Flow: Conceptualization and Construct Validity. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological           Association (MPA), Chicago, IL,  May, 2008
  • Rupayana, D.*, Fullagar, C., & Kelloway, E.K. (2008). Flow: State or Trait? Paper presented at the 23rd  Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. San Francisco, CA, April 10-13, 2008.
  • Culbertson, S.S., Fullagar, C.J., & Mills, M.J.* (2008). Work and Family Balance: Engaging the Engagers. Breakout session presented at the K-State Research and Extension Annual Conference, Manhattan, KS, October 22, 2008.