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Department of Management

Professor Jonas Lang

Professor Jonas Lang

Distinguished Research Professor




Jonas W. B. Lang was born in Aachen, Germany. He received his psychology degree from the University of Mannheim and his PhD from RWTH Aachen University. He previously was a lecturer at Maastricht University. Currently, he is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Personnel Management, Work, and Organizational Psychology at Ghent University in Ghent, Belgium.

Jonas’ work has appeared in a couple of journals including the Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Organizational Research Methods, Psychological Science, and Psychological Review. For his research, Jonas received the 2009-2010 innovation award from the work, organizational, and business division of the German psychology society, and the 2019 Jeanneret Award for Excellence in the Study of Individual or Group Assessment from the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Jonas currently serves as an Associate Editor for Organizational Research Methods and the Journal of Personnel Psychology. From 2020, he will be an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Psychology.

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Journal articles

Brückner J, Bosak J, Lang J (In Press). Connect vs. conquer? CEO gender and implicit motives. Journal of Managerial Psychology
Brückner J, Bosak J, Lang J (In Press). Connect vs. conquer? CEO gender and implicit motives. Journal of Managerial Psychology
Inceoglu I, Arnold KA, Leroy H, Lang J, Stephan U (In Press). FROM MICROSCOPIC TO MACROSCOPIC PERSPECTIVES AND BACK THE STUDY OF LEADERSHIP AND HEALTH/WELL-BEING. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology
de Voogt A, Santiago B, Kalagher H, Lang J (In Press). Go-around accidents and General Aviation safety. Journal of Safety Research Abstract.
Sparfeldt JR, Becker N, Greiff S, Kersting M, König CJ, Lang J, Beauducel A (In Press). Intelligenz(tests) verstehen und missverstehen. Psychologische Rundschau
Schild C, Botzet LJ, Planert L, Ścigała KA, Zettler I, Lang J (In Press). Linking Personality Traits to Objective Foul Records in (Semi-)Professional Youth Basketball. Journal of Research in Personality
Eby L, Shockley K, Tayla B, Bryan E, Astrid Homan, Russell J, Lang JWB, Morris S, Oswald F (In Press). Methodological Checklists for Improving Research Quality and Reporting Consistency. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: perspectives on science and practice
Lang J, Sander VH, Runge JM (In Press). Methodological and Conceptual Issues in Studying Effort-Reward Fit. Journal of Managerial Psychology
Runge JM, Lang JWB, Zettler I, Lievens F (In Press). Predicting Counterproductive Work Behavior: Do Implicit Motives Have Incremental Validity Beyond Explicit Traits?. Journal of Research in Personality
Runge JM, Lang JWB, Zettler I, Lievens F (In Press). Predicting Counterproductive Work Behavior: Do Implicit Motives Have Incremental Validity Beyond Explicit Traits?. Journal of Research in Personality
Gucciardi DF, Lang J, Lines RLJ, Chapman MT, Ducker KJ, Peeling P, Crane M, Ntoumanis N, Parker SK, Thøgersen-Ntoumani C, et al (In Press). The Emergence of Resilience: Recovery Trajectories in Sleep Functioning After a Major Stressor. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology
Lang J, Bliese PD (In Press). The Plausibility of Alternative Data Generating Mechanisms: Comment on and Attempt at Replication of Dishop (2022). Psychological Methods
Lang J, Tay L (In Press). The Science and Practice of Item Response Theory in Organizations. Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior
Lang J, Tay L (In Press). The Science and Practice of Item Response Theory in Organizations. Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior
Tiffin PA, Paton LW, O'Mara D, MacCann C, Lang J, Lievens F (In Press). The cross-cutting edge: situational judgments tests for selection: traditional versus construct-driven approaches. Medical Education
Tackett JL, Reardon KW, Fast NJ, Sonia K. K, Lang J, Frederick L. O (In Press). Understanding the Leaders of Tomorrow: the Need to Study Leadership in Adolescence. Perspectives on Psychological Science
Lang J, Runge M, De Fruyt F (In Press). What are Agile, Flexible, or Adaptable Employees and Students? a Typology of Dynamic Individual Differences in Applied Settings. European Journal of Personality
Van Iddekinge CH, Arnold JD, Aguinis H, Lang J, Lievens F (In Press). Work Effort: a Conceptual and Meta-Analytic Review. Journal of Management
Reindl G, Lang J, Runge JM (In Press). Work Event Experiences: Implications of an Expanded Taxonomy for Understanding Daily Well-Being. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology
Crane M, Lang JWB, Chapman MT, Murdoch EM, Gucciardi DF, Riddell H (2023). Stressor reflections, sleep, and psychological well-being: a pre-registered experimental test of self-distanced versus self-immersed reflections. Stress Health, 39(3), 488-498. Abstract.  Author URL.
Greenwald AG, Brendl M, Cai H, Cvencek D, Dovidio JF, Friese M, Hahn A, Hehman E, Hofmann W, Hughes S, et al (2022). Best research practices for using the Implicit Association Test. Behav Res Methods, 54(3), 1161-1180. Abstract.  Author URL.
Niessen C, Lang J (2020). Cognitive control strategies and adaptive performance in a complex work task. Journal of Applied Psychology, NA, NA-NA.
den Hartog SC, Runge JM, Reindl G, Lang JWB (2020). Linking Personality Trait Variance in Self-Managed Teams to Team Innovation. SMALL GROUP RESEARCH, 51(2), 265-295.  Author URL.
Tiffin PA, Paton LW, O'Mara D, MacCann C, Lang JWB, Lievens F (2020). Situational judgement tests for selection: Traditional vs construct-driven approaches. Med Educ, 54(2), 105-115. Abstract.  Author URL.
Niessen C, Göbel K, Lang JWB, Schmid U (2020). Stop Thinking: an Experience Sampling Study on Suppressing Distractive Thoughts at Work. Frontiers in Psychology, 11
Lang JWB (2020). Timely and to the Point Expectations for Articles and Reviews at the <i>Journal of Personnel Psychology</i>. JOURNAL OF PERSONNEL PSYCHOLOGY, 19(1), 1-3.  Author URL.
Tackett JL, Lang JWB, Markon KE, Herzhoff K (2019). A Correlated Traits, Correlated Methods Model for Thin-Slice Child Personality Assessment. Psychological Assessment, 31(4), 545-556. Abstract.
Lang JWB, Lievens F, De Fruyt F, Zettler I, Tackett JL (2019). Assessing Meaningful Within-Person Variability in Likert-Scale Rated Personality Descriptions: an IRT Tree Approach. Psychological Assessment, 31(4), 474-487. Abstract.
Runge JM, Lang JWB (2019). Can people recognize their implicit thoughts? the motive self-categorization test. Psychological Assessment, 31(7), 939-951. Abstract.
Beier ME, Kell HJ, Lang JWB (2019). Commenting on the “great debate”: General abilities, specific abilities, and the tools of the trade. Journal of Intelligence, 7(1). Abstract.
de Voogt A, Maillot M, Lang JWB, Eerkens JW (2019). Cultural transmission of architectural traits: from the Near East to the Meroitic kingdom. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 26 Abstract.
Lang JWB, Bliese PD, Runge JM (2019). Detecting Consensus Emergence in Organizational Multilevel Data: Power Simulations. Organizational Research Methods, 24(2), 319-341. Abstract.
Lang JWB, Kell HJ (2019). General Mental Ability and Specific Abilities: Their Relative Importance for Extrinsic Career Success. Journal of Applied Psychology
Runge JM, Lang JWB, Chasiotis A, Hofer J (2019). Improving the Assessment of Implicit Motives Using IRT: Cultural Differences and Differential Item Functioning. Journal of Personality Assessment, 101(4), 414-424. Abstract.
Sijbom RBL, Lang JWB, Anseel F (2019). Leaders’ achievement goals predict employee burnout above and beyond employees’ own achievement goals. Journal of Personality, 87(3), 702-714. Abstract.
Lang JWB, Bliese PD, Adler AB (2019). Opening the Black Box: a Multilevel Framework for Studying Group Processes. ADVANCES IN METHODS AND PRACTICES IN PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE, 2(3), 271-287.  Author URL.
Apers C, Lang JWB, Derous E (2019). Who earns more? Explicit traits, implicit motives and income growth trajectories. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 110, 214-228. Abstract.
Lang JWB, Bliese PD, de Voogt A (2018). Modeling consensus emergence in groups using longitudinal multilevel methods. Personnel Psychology, 71(2), 255-281. Abstract.
Lang JWB, Mussel P, Runge JM (2018). TBS-TK Rezension: Inventar zur Erfassung von Arbeitsmotiven (IEA). Zeitschrift fur Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie, 62(3), 161-163.
Kell HJ, Lang JWB (2018). The Great Debate: General Ability and Specific Abilities in the Prediction of Important Outcomes. J Intell, 6(3). Abstract.  Author URL.
Lievens F, Lang JWB, De Fruyt F, Corstjens J, Van de Vijver M, Bledow R (2018). The predictive power of people's intraindividual variability across situations: Implementing whole trait theory in assessment. Journal of Applied Psychology, 103(7), 753-771. Abstract.
Paul A, Lang JWB, Baumgartner RJ (2017). A multilevel approach for assessing business strategies on climate change. Journal of Cleaner Production, 160, 50-70. Abstract.
De Voogt A, Lang JWB (2017). Employee Work Ethic in Nine Nonindustrialized Contexts: Some Surprising Non-POSH Findings. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 10(3), 398-403.
Kell HJ, Lang JWB (2017). Specific Abilities in the Workplace: More Important Than g?. J Intell, 5(2). Abstract.  Author URL.
Lang JWB, Tackett JL, Zettler I (2017). Utilizing advanced psychometric methods in research on trait expression across situations. European Journal of Personality, 31(5), 464-465. Abstract.
Schwager ITL, Hülsheger UR, Lang JWB (2016). Be aware to be on the square: Mindfulness and counterproductive academic behavior. Personality and Individual Differences, 93, 74-79. Abstract.
Zettler I, Lang JWB, Hülsheger UR, Hilbig BE (2016). Dissociating Indifferent, Directional, and Extreme Responding in Personality Data: Applying the Three-Process Model to Self- and Observer Reports. Journal of personality, 84(4), 461-472. Abstract.
Lang JWB, Kersting M, Beauducel A (2016). Hierarchies of factor solutions in the intelligence domain: Applying methodology from personality psychology to gain insights into the nature of intelligence. Learning and Individual Differences, 47, 37-50. Abstract.
Bliese PD, Lang JWB (2016). Understanding Relative and Absolute Change in Discontinuous Growth Models: Coding Alternatives and Implications for Hypothesis Testing. Organizational Research Methods, 19(4), 562-592. Abstract.
Zettler I, Lang JWB (2015). Employees' Political Skill and Job Performance: an Inverted U-Shaped Relation?. Applied Psychology, 64(3), 541-577. Abstract.
Schwager ITL, Hülsheger UR, Bridgeman B, Lang JWB (2015). Graduate Student Selection: Graduate record examination, socioeconomic status, and undergraduate grade point average as predictors of study success in a western European University. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 23(1), 71-79. Abstract.
Hülsheger UR, Lang JWB, Schewe AF, Zijlstra FRH (2015). When regulating emotions at work pays off: a diary and an intervention study on emotion regulation and customer tips in service jobs. Journal of Applied Psychology, 100(2), 263-277. Abstract.
Lang JWB (2014). A Dynamic Thurstonian item response theory of motive expression in the picture story exercise: Solving the internal consistency paradox of the PSE. Psychological Review, 121(3), 481-500. Abstract.
Schwager ITL, Hülsheger UR, Lang JWB, Klieger DM, Bridgeman B, Wendler C (2014). Supervisor ratings of students' academic potential as predictors of citizenship and counterproductive behavior. Learning and Individual Differences, 35, 62-69. Abstract.
Anseel F, Carette B, Lang JWB, Lievens F (2014). The Move to Business Schools: How is Industrial-Organizational Psychology Holding up in Europe?. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 7(3), 365-370.
Hülsheger UR, Lang JWB, Depenbrock F, Fehrmann C, Zijlstra FRH, Alberts HJEM (2014). The power of presence: the role of mindfulness at work for daily levels and change trajectories of psychological detachment and sleep quality. Journal of Applied Psychology, 99(6), 1113-1128. Abstract.
Hülsheger UR, Alberts HJEM, Feinholdt A, Lang JWB (2013). Benefits of mindfulness at work: the role of mindfulness in emotion regulation, emotional exhaustion, and job satisfaction. Journal of Applied Psychology, 98(2), 310-325. Abstract.
Lang JWB, Bliese PD (2012). I-O Psychology and Progressive Research Programs on Intelligence. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 5(2), 161-166.
Lang JWB, Zettler I, Ewen C, Hülsheger UR (2012). Implicit motives, explicit traits, and task and contextual performance at work. Journal of Applied Psychology, 97(6), 1201-1217. Abstract.
Lang J, Ochsmann E, Kraus T, Lang JWB (2012). Psychosocial work stressors as antecedents of musculoskeletal problems: a systematic review and meta-analysis of stability-adjusted longitudinal studies. Social Science and Medicine, 75(7), 1163-1174. Abstract.
Lang JWB, Lang J (2011). Practical implications of test anxiety tools. Science, 332(6031), 791-792.
Lang J, Bliese PD, Lang JWB, Adler AB (2011). Work gets unfair for the depressed: Cross-lagged relations between organizational justice perceptions and depressive symptoms. Journal of Applied Psychology, 96(3), 602-618. Abstract.
Hülsheger UR, Lang JWB, Maier GW (2010). Emotional labor, strain, and performance: Testing reciprocal relationships in a longitudinal panel study. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 15(4), 505-521. Abstract.
Lang JWB, Kersting M, Hülsheger UR, Lang J (2010). General mental ability, narrower cognitive abilities, and job performance: the perspective of the nested-factors model of cognitive abilities. Personnel Psychology, 63(3), 595-640. Abstract.
van Doorn RRA, Lang JWB (2010). Performance differences explained by the neuroticism facets withdrawal and volatility, variations in task demand, and effort allocation. Journal of Research in Personality, 44(4), 446-452. Abstract.
Lang JWB, Lang J (2010). Priming competence diminishes the link between cognitive test anxiety and test performance. Implications for the interpretation of test scores. Psychological science : a journal of the American Psychological Society / APS, 21(6), 811-819. Abstract.
Lang JWB, Kersting M, Hülsheger UR (2010). Range Shrinkage of Cognitive Ability Test Scores in Applicant Pools for German Governmental Jobs: Implications for range restriction corrections. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 18(3), 321-328. Abstract.
van Doorn RRA, Lang JWB, Weijters T (2010). Self-reported cognitive failures: a core self-evaluation?. Personality and Individual Differences, 49(7), 717-722. Abstract.
Lang JWB, Bliese PD (2009). General Mental Ability and Two Types of Adaptation to Unforeseen Change: Applying Discontinuous Growth Models to the Task-Change Paradigm. Journal of Applied Psychology, 94(2), 411-428. Abstract.
Lang JWB, Kersting M (2007). Regular feedback from student ratings of instruction: Do college teachers improve their ratings in the long run?. Instructional Science, 35(3), 187-205. Abstract.
Lang JWB, Fries S (2006). A revised 10-item version of the achievement motives scale: Psychometric properties in German-speaking samples. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 22(3), 216-224. Abstract.


Bliese PD, Kautz J, Lang JWB (2020). Discontinuous growth models: illustrations, recommendations, and an R function for generating the design matrix. In  (Ed) Handbook on the Temporal Dynamics of Organizational Behavior, 319-350. Abstract.

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