Christopher Lake, Ph. D.
Office: BH 473
Work and Career Decisions Lab
Research Interests in Workplace Satisfaction and Commitment
I am interested in workplace satisfaction and commitment, which are typically measured through self-report surveys. I have been investigating the factors that make it difficult to interpret self-report responses on these topics. For example, employees that lack knowledge of the job, are disinterested in their work, or have mixed feelings about their employers tend to give aberrant responses, which negatively influences the validity and reliability of the self-report data.
Recently, I have been interested in low-commitment workers. In particular, job hoppers are people that frequently move from one job to the next. I have been investigating the motives that underlie this behavior, and am interested in fully understanding the advantages and disadvantages of this behavior from the perspective of the worker and the employing organizations.
Research Interests in Workplace Judgment and Decision Making
I am interested in the decisions that people make at work, especially those made by managers. Managerial decisions have great influence over the success of employees and the organization as a whole. Managers may choose to make decisions based on dispositional influences (preference for intuition or analysis), situational factors, and the nature of the decision. Managers are often confronted with a tradeoff between decision accuracy and decision timeliness. I am especially interested in the decision-making process of hiring managers who are evaluating job applicants.
I work on research with both graduate and undergraduate students. Students of all levels play a critical role in designing research studies, interacting with research participants, running statistical analyses, and presenting research at conferences.
Current Graduate Students
- Nathan Voss
- Cassandra Chlevin-Thiele
- Chi-Leigh Warren
Voss, N. M., & Lake, C. J. (accepted). Communicating validity information to differentially experienced audiences: The effects of numeracy and nontraditional metrics. Personnel Assessment and Decisions.
Voss, N. M., Lake, C. J., & Chlevin-Thiele, C. (accepted). Effectively communicating validity information about personnel selection tools: The role of framing and numeracy. Journal of Personnel Psychology.
Lake, C. J., Carlson, J., Rose, A. & Chlevin-Thiele, C. (2019).Trust in name brand assessments: The case of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Psychologist-Manager Journal, 22, 91-107.
Voss, N. M., Lake, C. J., & Chlevin-Thiele, C. (2019). Construction and Initial Validation of the Career Maximizing Scale. Career Development Quarterly, 67, 156-170.
Johnson, D., & Lake, C. J. (2019). Contingent Worker Monetary Influence, Work Attitudes and Behavior. Personnel Review, 48, 1669-1684.
Lake, C. J., Highhouse, S., & Shrift, A. G. (2018). Validation of the job-hopping motives scale. Journal of Career Assessment, 26, 531-548.
Wang, Y., Highhouse, S., Lake, C. J., Petersen, N. L., & Rada, T. (2017). Meta-analytic investigations of the relation between intuition and analysis. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 30, 15-25.
Lake, C. J. & Luong, A. (2016). How will getting rid of performance ratings affect managers? Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 9, 266-270.
Voss, N. M., Lake, C. J., Chlevin-Thiele, C., Drake, R., Boerger, R., Warren, C.-L., Newkirk, E., Fiscus, J., & Acedo, S. (2019, November). The context matters: A comparative analysis of contextualized and noncontextualized measures of decision making style. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, Montreal, QC.
Voss, N. M., Chlevin-Thiele, C., Drake, R., Lake, C. J., Fiscus, J., Warren, C., Boerger, R., Newkirk, E., & Acedo, S. (2019, April). Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Oklahoma-Kansas Judgment and Decision Making Conference, Norman, OK.
Lake, C. J., Chlevin-Thiele, C., Warren, C., Voss, N. M., Ryan, R., & Fossum, L. (2019, April). We Don’t Hire Job-Hoppers: Hiring Managers’ Perceptions of Frequent Job Change. Poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Washington, DC.
Chlevin-Thiele, C., & Lake, C. J. (2019, April) Stress coping at work: Psychometric analysis of the cybernetic coping scale. Poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Washington, DC.
Golubovich, J., Lake, C. J., Aguiano-Carrasco, C., & Seybert, J. (2019, April). Measuring Achievement Striving Via a Situational Judgment Test. Poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Washington, DC.
Voss, N. M., Lake, C. J., Hofeling, T., Griffis, M., Chlevin, C., & Ryan, R. (2018, May). Does general maximizing relate to career maximizing? Evaluating a career maximizing scale. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Sciences, San Francisco, CA.
Lake, C. J., Carlson, J., & Rose, A. (2018, April). Trust in name brand assessments: The case of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. In D. C. Zhang & B. Doyle. Decision-Aid Aversion in Employee Selection. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Chicago, IL.
Lake, C. J., Voss, N. M., Hofeling, T., Griffis, M., & Chlevin, C. (2018, April). Job-hopping: Development and application of a precise definition. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Chicago, IL.
Education and Background
Ph.D., Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Bowling Green State University
Prior to joining the Kansas State University Industrial and Organizational Psychology program in 2016, Dr. Lake taught at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.