Charles E. Lance, Ph.D.

  • Professor
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program
  • Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology, 1985

Research Interests

My program of research focuses on research methods and the application of methodologically rigorous approaches to unanswered theoretical questions in industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology. As such, my research supports (a) the methodological infrastructure for psychology, in general, and for I/O psychology in particular, and (b) the empirical bases for advancing knowledge regarding several areas of theory in I/O psychology.

Selected Publications

Lance, C. E., Lambert, T. A., & Gould, R. B. (in press). Development and evaluation of a task taxonomy to support research on cross-job transferability of skills. In M. A. Wilson, R. J. Harvey, G. Alliger & W. Bennett Jr. (Eds.) The handbook of work analysis: The methods, systems, applications & science of work measurement in organizations ( pp. xxx-xxx). New York: Routledge.

Jackson, D. J. R., Lance, C. E., & Hoffman, B. J. (2012). The psychology of assessment centers. New York: Routledge.

Lance, C. E. (2012). Research into task-based assessments. In D. J. R. Jackson, C. E. Lance & B. J. Hoffman (Eds.), The psychology of assessment centers (pp. 218-233). New York: Routledge.

Lance, C. E., & Vandenberg, R. J. (2012). Dynamic change and levels of analysis issues in the study of relationships at work. In L. T. Eby & T. D. Allen (Eds.), Personal relationships: The effect of supervisory, co-worker, team, customer and nonwork exchanges on employee attitudes, behavior, and well-being. New York: Routledge.

Lance, C. E. (2011). More statistical and methodological myths and urban legends. Organizational Research Methods, 14, 279-286

Putka, D. D. J., Lance, C. E., Le, H., & McCloy, R. A. (2011). A cautionary note on modeling multitrait-multirater data arising from ill-structured measurement designs. Organizational Research Methods, 14, 503-529.

Brannick, M. T., Chan, D., Conway, J, M., Lance, C. E., & Spector, P. E. (2010). What is method variance and how can we cope with it? A panel discussion. Organizational Research Methods, 13, 407-420.

Conway, J. M., & Lance, C. E. (2010). What reviewers should expect from authors regarding common method bias in organizational research. Journal of Business and Psychology, 25, 325-334.

Lance, C. E., Dawson, B., Birklebach, D., & Hoffman, B. J. (2010). Method effects, measurement error, and substantive conclusions. Organizational Research Methods, 13, 435-455.

Twenge, J., Campbell, S., Hoffman, B. J., & Lance, C. E. (2010). Generational differences in work values: Leisure and extrinsic values increasing, social and intrinsic values decreasing. Journal of Management, 36, 1117-1142.

Hoffman, B. J., Lance, C. E., Bynum, B. H., & Gentry, W. A. (2010). Rater source effects are alive and well after all. Personnel Psychology, 63, 119-151.

Christie, J., Smith, G. R., Williamson, G. M., Lance, C. E., Shovali, T. E., & Silva, L. C. (2009). Quality of informal care is multidimensional. Rehabilitation Psychology, 54, 173-181.

Della, L. J., DeJoy, D. M., & Lance, C. E. (2009). Explaining fruit and vegetable intake using a consumer marketing tool. Health Education and Behavior, 36, 895-914.

Lance, C. E., Baranik, L. E., Lau, A. R., & Scharlau, E. A. (2009). If it ain't trait it must be method: (Mis)application of the multitrait-multimethod methodology in organizational research. In C. E. Lance & R. J. Vandenberg (Eds), Statistical and methodological myths and urban legends: Doctrine, verity, and fable in organizational and social research (pp. 337-360). New York: Routledge.

Lance, C. E., & Vandenberg, R. J. (2009). Statistical and methodological myths and urban legends: Doctrine, verity, and fable in organizational and social research. New York: Routledge.

Meade, A. W., Behrend, T. S., & Lance, C. E. (2009). Dr. StrangeLOVE, or: How I learned to stop worrying and love omitted variables. In C. E. Lance & R. J. Vandenberg (Eds), Statistical and methodological myths and urban legends: Doctrine, verity, and fable in organizational and social research (pp. 89-106). New York: Routledge.

Yanchus, N. J., Eby, L. T., Lance, C. E., & Drollinger, S. (2009). The impact of emotional labor on work-family outcomes. Journal of Vocational Behavior.

Baranik, L. E., Meade, A. W., Lakey, C. E., Lance, C. E., Hu., C., Hau, W., & Michalos, A. (2008). Examining the differential item functioning of the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale across eight countries. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 38, 1867-1904.

Della, L. J., DeJoy, D. M., Lance, C. E. (2008). Promoting fruit and vegetable consumption in different lifestyle groups: Recommendations for program development based on behavioral research and consumer media data. Health Marketing Quarterly, 25, 66-96.

Hu, C., Thomas, K. M., & Lance, C. E. (2008). Intentions to initiate mentoring relationships: Understanding the impact of race, proactivity, feelings of deprivation, and relationship roles. Journal of Social Psychology, 148, 727-744.

Lakey, C. E., Kernis, M. H., Heppner, W. L., Lance, C. E. (2008). Individual differences in authenticity and mindfulness as predictors of verbal defensiveness. Journal of Research in Personality, 42, 230-238.

Lance, C. E. (2008, a). Why assessment centers do not work the way they are supposed to. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 1, 84-97.

Lance, C. E. (2008, b). Where have we been, how did we get there, and where shall we go? Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 1, 140-146.

Lance, C. E., Hoffman, B. J., Baranik, L. E., & Gentry, W. A. (2008). Rater source factors represent important subcomponents of the criterion construct space, not rater bias. Human Resource Management Review, 18, 223-232.

Chisolm, M. A., Williamson, G. M., Lance, C. E., & Mulloy, L. L. (2007). Predicting adherence to immunosuppressant therapy: A prospective analysis of the theory of planned behavior. Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation, 22, 2339-2348.

Dooley, W. K., Shaffer, D. R., Lance, C. E., & Williamson, G. M. (2007). Informal care can be better than adequate: Development and evaluation of the exemplary care scale. Rehabilitation Psychology, 52, 359-369.

Lakey, C. E., Goodie, A. S. Lance, C. E., Stinchfield, R., & Winters, K. C. (2007). Examining DSM-IV criteria for pathological gambling: Psychometric properties and evidence from cognitive biases. Journal of Gambling Studies, 23, 479-498.

Lance, C. E. (2007). Weshalb Assessment Center nicht in der erwarteten Weise funktionieren. [Why assessment centers don't work the way they're supposed to.] In H. Schuler (Hrsg.), Assessment center zur potentialanalyse (pp, 109-125). Gottingen: Hogrefe.

Lance, C. E., Foster, M. R., Nemeth, Y. M., Gentry, W. A., & Drollinger, S. (2007). Extending the nomological network of assessment center construct validity: Prediction of cross-situationally consistent and specific aspects of assessment center performance. Human Performance, 20, 345-362.

Lance, C. E., Woehr, D. J., & Meade, A. W. (2007). Case study: A Monte Carlo investigation of assessment center construct validity models. Organizational Research Methods, 10, 430-448.

Bennett, W., Lance, C. E., & Woehr, D. J. (2006). Performance measurement: Current perspectives and future challenges. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Lance, C. E., Baxter, D., & Mahan, R. P. (2006). Multi-source performance measurement: A reconceptualization. In W. Bennett, C. E. Lance, & D. J. Woehr (Eds)., Performance measurement: Current perspectives and future challenges (pp. 49-76). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Lance, C. E., Butts, M. M., & Michels, L. C. (2006). The sources of four commonly reported cutoff criteria: What did they really say? Organizational Research Methods, 9, 202-220.

Miller, L. S., Lewis, M. S., Williamson, G. M., Lance, C. E. Dooley, W. Keith, Schul, R., & Weiner, M. F. (2006). Caregiver cognitive status and potentially harmful caregiver behavior. Aging & Mental Health, 10, 125-133.

Yang, W., Lance, C. E., & Hui, H. C. (2006). Psychometric properties of the Chinese Self-Directed Search (1994 edition). Journal of Vocational Behavior, 68, 560-576.


Courses Regularaly Taught


  • PSYC 4210: Pychological Testing
  • PSYC 3990: Research Analysis in Psychology


  • PSYC 6250: Psychometrics
  • PSYC 8980: Seminar in I/O Psychology: Meta-Analysis
  • PSYC 8980: Seminar in I/O Psychology: Behind the Scenes at ORM
  • PSYC 8990: Seminar in Psychometrics: Confirmatory Analysis

Selected Professional Activities

Associate Editor, Organizational Research Methods, 2005-2013

Editorial Board:

  • Human Performance (2006-Date)
  • Organizational Research Methods (1998-2004)
  • Group & Organization Management (1994-Date)
  • Personnel Psychology (1996-2003)
  • Human Resources Management Review (1996-2003)

Honors and Awards

  • 2007 Academy of Management Research Methods Division Best Papers of the Year Award
  • 2006 University of Georgia Psi Chi Graduate Teaching Award
  • 2005 Georgia Institute of Technology Distinguished Alumnus Award
  • 2005 Robert McDonald Advancement of Organizational Research Award presented by the Research Methods Division of the Academy of Management
  • 2001-: Fellow, American Psychological Association
  • 2000-: Fellow, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (Division 14 of the American Psychological Association)
  • 1997-: Member, Society of Organizational Behavior (SOB) Listed in International Who's Who of Professionals, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who the South and Southwest, and Outstanding Young Americans