SLHRD Professor, Park, Implements Multilevel Modeling in Research


Dr. Sunyoung Park, Assistant Professor in the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development (SLHRD), returned from the Multilevel Modeling Seminar in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with new information and practices she hopes to incorporate into her research and courses at SLHRD.

The seminar focused on enhancing a nuanced understanding of the conceptual foundations and basic mathematical formulation of the multilevel model, the ability to understand, interpret and explain the output from multilevel modeling software, an appreciation of the advantages and disadvantages of multilevel modeling as compared with other approaches to nested data, the ability to extend the multilevel model to dichotomous outcomes, and a clear understanding of the differences between fixed and random effects.

“Through multilevel modeling, I would develop and test a cross-level model of specific variables such as job engagement, employee commitment, and performance,” Park said. “For instance, I could examine the impact of high-performance human resource practices on the organizational level or leadership, on the group level, on job engagement and work outcomes.”

Park said she would collect organizational-level data from HR managers and supervisors' ratings of high-performance HR practices and would be able to conduct hierarchical linear modeling analyses because multilevel modeling can account for nesting in data while testing cross-level direct effects.

Park’s professional research interests include organizational culture and behavior, learning and performance in the workplace, and research trends in human resource development and related fields. Her teaching focuses on the fields of instructional design, performance analysis, training and development, and research methods.

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