Current Research

 


My research focuses on the scientific study of work design. Work design research focuses on the structure and organization of work tasks and the influence of these factors on worker motivation and performance.

I aim to address:

  • work design models that address the changing nature of work (e.g., remote work, virtual work teams, technology)
  • work design models that consider the increasingly diverse worker population and the maturing worker population
  • the strategic use of work design to improve organizational performance and productivity
  • the effects of work features on workers’ health, job satisfaction, and engagement

Recent publications:

  1. Torres, W. J., Bradford, B. C., & Beier, M. E. (in press). Technology and the aging worker: A review and agenda for future research.
  2. Torres, W. J., Gilberto, J. M., & Beier, M. E. (in press). Using funds of knowledge to address diversity issues in STEM.
  3. Beier, M. E., Torres, W. J., & Gilberto, J. M. (2017). Continuous development throughout a career: A lifespan perspective on autonomous learning. In R. Noe & J. Ellingson (Eds.), Autonomous learning in the workplace. Taylor & Francis.
  4. Beier, M. E., Torres, W. J., & Gilberto, J. M. (2017). Activities matter: Personality and resource determinants of activities and their effect on mental and physical well-being and retirement expectations. Work, Aging, and Retirement, 4(1). doi:10.1093/workar/waw034
  5. Torres, W. J., & Beier, M. E. (2016). It’s time to examine the nomological net of job knowledge. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 9, 51-55. doi:10.1017/iop.2015.116
  6. Torres, W. J., Saterbak, A., & Beier, M. E. (2016, June). Long-term impact of an elective, first-year engineering design course. Paper presented at the 26th Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education, New Orleans, LA.