My research interests fall into two major categories: (1) occupational health psychology and (2) organizational commitment. Within occupational health psychology, I investigate the effects of organizational climate on workplace behaviors and individual well-being. Two major themes encompassed by this general research program are: (a) diversity and (b) safety. Regarding diversity, my research examines why people from underrepresented, minority, or lower power demographic groups are mistreated more often than the majority. This research has also influenced my service to the university, with a focus on diversity and inclusion in general and within undergraduate programs in particular. Within the safety domain, my research (in collaboration with Stephanie Payne) focuses on factors that influence safety climate and how safety climate has both leading (i.e., predictor) and lagging (i.e., criterion) relationships with unsafe workplace events.
My research on organizational commitment, or the motivated bond that regulates the maintenance of the relationship between workers and employing organizations, focuses on individual differences and the nature of normative commitment. I am particularly interested in the development of commitment. Most of my published papers on organizational commitment have been theoretical or critical rather than empirical.
Miner, K.N., Walker, J.M., Jean, V.A., Bergman, M.E., & Kaunas, C. (in press). From “her” problem to “our” problem: Using an individual lens vs. a social-structural lens to understand gender inequity in STEM. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice.
Bergman, M.E. (in press). Police shootings and race in the United States: Why the perpetrator predation perspective is essential to I-O psychology’s role in ending this crisis. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice.
Bergman, M.E., Walker, J.M. & Jean, V.A. (2016). A simple solution to policing problems: Women! Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 9, 590-597.
Bergman, M.E., & Jean, V.A. (2016). Where have all the workers gone? Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 9, 84-113. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/iop.2015.70
Kabins, A.H., Xu, X., Bergman, M.E., Berry, C.M., & Willson, V. (2016). A profile of profiles: A meta-analytic examination of commitment profiles, their antecedents, and their consequences. Journal of Applied Psychology. 101, 881-904. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/apl0000091