Professor of Psychology John Kello has published a synthesis chapter in The Cambridge Handbook of Meeting Science (2015).
Kello, a member of the Davidson faculty since 1974, was a natural to write the chapter titled "The Science and Practice of Workplace Meetings." The scientist and professor also is a practitioner in the field of industrial and organizational psychology.
"I believe that we on the academic side are well positioned to reach out to those in the organizational world with best-practice distillations from our research, especially to the extent that we have some understanding of the actual needs of practitioners and leaders ‘out there.' Indeed, if we are serious about being scientist-practitioners, we have some obligation to do so," he said.
Kello's academic and applied work are complementary. For example, business professionals from his client organizations often visit his Organization Development class at Davidson as guest lecturers. Over the years a number of students have been able to secure internships and even post-Davidson jobs as a result of such contacts.
In addition to his academic work at Davidson and his applied consulting work with a variety of national and international organizations, Kello works closely with the Organizational Science Doctoral Program at UNC Charlotte, where he is an associate graduate faculty member. Kello's son, Alex Kello, a graduate student in communication studies at UNC Charlotte, contributed to a chapter in the book titled "Five Theoretical Lenses for Conceptualizing the Role of Meetings in Organizational Life."
Kello also works with the affiliated Organizational Science Center at UNC Charlotte, which draws on the expertise of a number of faculty and graduate student scientist-practitioners to provide evidence-based consulting services to organizations in the Charlotte area and beyond.
"I think our research in effective meetings is an example of excellent behavioral science research aimed squarely at a set of important practical issues," Kello said. "We can do a better job of making the knowledge we have generated available to those who need it and can put it to use.
"People aren't against meetings," Kello noted. "They're against bad meetings."