Chen’s Research

My Research Streams

In the main stream of my research, I investigate time, energy, and well-being issues at work, as well as time-based work designs. I examine, for example, the arrangement of work and workday activities based on temporal considerations and individuals’ experiences and work outcomes resulting from those arrangements.

In a second stream of research, I examine individuals’ proactive actions in work settings (e.g., leading informally, learning new things, contributing opinions).  In this line of research, I examine how people exercise their agency to go beyond formal requirements at work and the challenges they face in doing so.

Overall, with these two lenses focused on time and proactivity, respectively, my research aims to shed light on ways in which we can achieve both effective performance and human well-being in work organizations, thereby helping people obtain a more rewarding experience of work and helping organizations realize their full potential.


Current Research

In my ongoing research, I explore a variety of issues related to time-based work and workday designs, including using innovative and comprehensive methods to enrich these explorations. For example, in one paper I combine field experiments, experience sampling methodology, and electroencephalogram [EEG] assessments to examine how the arrangement of tasks with varied levels of difficulty over the course of the workday can influence energy and work outcomes for individuals. In another paper, I use “big data” (i.e., a large quantity of electronic behavioral records) collected by a project management software adopted in several companies to explore how individuals’ multi-membership shapes the diverse temporal pace of their teamwork for projects.