Steven G. Rogelberg

Chancellor’s Professor

Steven Rogelberg is a pioneering researcher in the field of organizational science. As part of his extensive scholarship, he is an internationally recognized researcher on the subject of meetings.

“Most companies and leaders view poor meetings as an inevitable cost of doing business. I saw this as an incredible opportunity, and I was motivated to help solve the meeting problem through strong science and the discovery of evidence-based solutions,” Rogelberg said.

He shares wide-ranging practical strategies for better meetings in his book, “The Surprising Science of Meetings.” Recently, The Washington Post listed it No. 1 for leadership books to watch for in 2019 and it has been featured by national media since the book’s release in January 2019.

Rogelberg has worked with some of the world’s most successful companies on a range of workplace issues, but also has developed a slew of outreach services that have benefited over 1000 nonprofits.  In recognition of humanitarian contributions to the field of industrial-organizational psychology, Rogelberg was named the inaugural recipient of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology Humanitarian Award in 2017.

Rogelberg has authored more than 100 publications, many in top academic journals, which have been cited frequently by international colleagues. He has a joint appointment as professor of Organizational Science and Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and professor of Management in the Belk College of Business. He is also the director of the Ph.D. program in Organizational Science.

In 2018, Rogelberg received the Humboldt Prize, also known as the Humboldt Research Award, in recognition of his profound, international impact on organizational science, including his scholarly work on the practical topic of meetings. The Humboldt Prize is given annually to up to 100 internationally renowned scientists and scholars across all academic disciplines. He was the first industrial-organizational psychologist to ever get this award.

Rogelberg was lauded for his research and its practical application in three phenomena: work meetings; organizational research methods; and the stress/health of employees engaged in “dirty jobs,” characterized as vital to society but stigmatized as physically, socially or morally tainted.

“My greatest hope is that my scholarship and service to the profession help advance our science and ultimately help people and organizations in meaningful ways. My passion is to try to do things that matter. I am also so fortunate to have done this work in partnership with incredible friends, colleagues and students,” he said.