Employee Motivation & Performance Assessment, Inc.(EMPA)
has designed Employee Assessments
and has provided Survey Research Services
for more than 7 million employees, including Performance / Skill Assessments, Employee Surveys,
and Program Assessments
. Its domestic and international clients span 45 countries and include large companies, non-profit organizations, and government agencies that have 1000 or more employees.
Dr. Palmer Morrel-Samuels
is EMPA's founder and CEO. He is a Research Psychologist
with over 25 years of extensive training and experience in Statistical Analysis
and Assessment Design
. He received a Master of Arts degree in Research Methodology
from the University of Chicago, a Master of Philosophy degree and a Ph.D. in Experimental Social Psychology
from Columbia University.
A well sought out expert, Dr. Morrel-Samuels has
- Testified before the U.S. Congress on employee motivation and its linkage to objective performance metrics,
- Provided assessment services for non-profit organizations (e.g., Blue Cross-Blue Shield, University of Michigan), government agencies (e.g., the Department of Justice), and Fortune 500 companies (e.g., FedEx, IBM, GM, California Edison, Bank of America, Xerox, Coca-Cola, and Disney),
- Been an expert resource for the New York Times, the Washington Times, and the Wall Street Journal,
- Conducted research for IBM, EDs, the University of Chicago and Yale University,
- Been a faculty member at Antioch Graduate School and the University of Michigan Business School
- Lectured extensively on survey design and organizational communication,
- Authored several patented employee and leadership assessments, and
- Published articles in The Journal of Experimental Psychology, Behavioral Research Methods, The Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, California Management Review, Physician Executive, and Harvard Business Review, among others.
Dr. Morrel-Samuels currently teaches courses on survey design and research methodology at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research and the School of Public Health. He is also serving as the President of the Workplace Research Foundation, a nonprofit responsible for the National Benchmark Study® - a nationwide survey that sets BenchmarksTM
and measures the causal linkage between employee motivation and subsequent stock return.
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