Steven Rogelberg, Ph.D.

Books, Media, & Research

Latest Book: The Surprising Science of Meetings

A recent estimate suggests that employees endure a staggering 55 million meetings a day in the United States. This tremendous time investment yields only modest returns. No organization made up of human beings is immune from the all-too-common meeting gripes: those that fail to engage, those that inadvertently encourage participants to tune out, and those that blatantly disregard participants’ time. Most companies and leaders view poor meetings as an inevitable cost of doing business. But managers can take heart: researchers now have a clear understanding of the key drivers that make meetings successful.

This book is a culmination of 15 years of research and thousands of surveys and interviews across the globe. It’s a collection of evidence-based insights designed to move the dial on meetings, so it goes beyond the conventional wisdom of having an agenda. It represents a strategic approach that leaders and organizations can take that’s highly practical and accessible, but also strongly based in science. The book is peppered with best practices from organizations like Google and Amazon that also align with this research.

what people are saying about “the surprising science of meetings”

“In workplaces around the world, meetings are where productivity and creativity go to die. Steven Rogelberg is the world’s leading expert on how to fix them, and here he shares the best evidence on how we can stop wasting time and falling victim to group-think. ”
–Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of GIVE AND TAKE, ORIGINALS, and OPTION B with Sheryl Sandberg

“To achieve bigger impact in your work tomorrow, you can start by making simple changes today. By highlighting the ways that we waste our own and others’ time without even thinking about it, and offering solutions for transforming our workdays, Steven Rogelberg shows you how.  A game-changer for leaders, this book is unlike any other written about meetings.  It is intriguing, highly informative, insightful, and fun to read.”
–Tasha Eurich, New York Times bestselling author of  INSIGHT AND BANKABLE LEADERSHIP

“Steven Rogelberg has done the nearly impossible:  translated solid organization science into a well-organized, readable, and often humorous book filled with evidence-based actionable steps that individuals, managers and leaders alike can apply to improve their own lives, their meetings, and ultimately the effectiveness of their organizations.”  
–Alexis Fink, Senior Director of Talent Management, Intel

“Finally! Evidence-based, actionable advice about improving the quality and impact of meetings. Prof. Rogelberg has written a tour de force. If you put his sage advice into action, your teams and organizations will accomplish more.”
–David G. Altman, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer, Center for Creative Leadership

“This book is a must read for anyone who wants to be more effective at work, especially leaders and managers.    It offers practical advice on how to harness the power of meetings while avoiding many common pitfalls.  I learned some very useful tactics that I will put into practice immediately.”
–Janine Waclawski,  SVP HR and CHRO Global Functions and Global Category Groups, PepsiCo

“Non-stop meetings can often be the bane of any corporate employee’s existence.  Steven Rogelberg’s evidence-based book offers practical tips for turning these “necessary evils” into efficient and productive interactions that engage the hearts and minds of leaders, teams, and organizations. This book is a great resource.” 
–Robin Cohen, Head of Human Resources, Global Finance, Johnson & Johnson


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Media Coverage

Sample Radio and Podcasts

Science-Backed Tips for Running Better Meetings (WorkHuman Radio)

The Science Behind Workplace Meetings (Charlotte Talks)

Why the Workday Is So Filled With Meetings (NPR Morning Edition)

A Secret Love of Meetings (NPR Marketplace)

Podcast (People & Projects)

Sample Magazine and Newspaper Articles

The Wall Street Journal. The Science of Better Meetings

Quarts Magazine: The People Who Love Meetings are the Managers that Run Them

The Cut. Meetings Should be Shorter

Inc. How to Make Meetings Less Soul-Sucking

Business Insider Some of the Best Meetings Involve No Talking

Animal Sheltering MAG Making Meetings Matter

FORBES. Ten Costly Career Mistakes You’re Making Without Realizing

Inc. Successful Teams Come From Leaders Who Do These 5 Things.

CNBC- Make Meetings More Productive

















Meetings are quite simply fascinating. There is likely not another work-related activity we spend so much time in and complain so hardily about. At the same time, meetings are more than just communication tools. Meetings are a window into the very essence of organizations and employees’ experiences with the organization. For the last 15 years Steven has been on a quest to understand and “solve” meetings. This work includes topics such as:

  • Meeting quality/effectiveness

  • Meeting innovation

  • Meeting demands and burnout

  • Meeting lateness

  • Multi-tasking in meetings

  • Meeting leadership

In addition to meetings, his publications address the following topics:

  • Team effectiveness and innovation

  • Leadership and self-leadership

  • Employee engagement, well-being, and health

  • Organizational research methods

  • Science of science

Click here to download Steven’s full CV.


A great deal of Steven’s attention scholarship-wise is focused on his role as Editor of the Journal of Business and Psychology. They process close to 600 manuscripts a year on topics relevant to IO Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management. Here are some key statistics on the journal:

  • Approximately 11% acceptance rate.

  • Ranked A in the revised (2013) Australian Business Dean’s Council (ABDC) Quality Journal List.

  • 2 year impact factor is now 2.69. Our five year impact factor is 3.23. For the first time in the journal’s over 25 year history, now in the first quartile in the Applied Psychology journal listings, the Management journal listings, and the Business journal listings. For context, in 2009 the impact factor was .44.

  • Founding journal in as well as the results-blind initiative (JBP.UNCC.EDU)



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