Balca Alaybek

Balca Alaybek

Balca Alaybek

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Industrial/Organizational Psychology: individual differences in judgment and decision-making, work-nonwork decision-making, decision biases, job performance, situational influences

Balca Alaybek is a doctoral candidate in the Industrial and Organizational Psychology Program. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Textile Engineering and her MBA in Management of Technology.  During her graduate studies, she conducted research on task analysis, methods improvement, and decision support systems. Prior to starting her doctoral education, she taught computer applications, data analysis, and database design courses as an Adjunct Faculty at Berkeley College and DeVry University.  At George Mason, Balca has worked as a Research Assistant on projects funded by the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Army Research Institute. She has also served as an Assistant Editor for the Journal of Business and Psychology.

Selected Publications

* Last name changed to Alaybek from Bolunmez in 2017.

Dalal, R.S., Alaybek, B., & Lievens, F. (in press). Job performance variability over short timeframes: Theory, research, and practice. In press at Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior.

Dalal, R. S.*, Alaybek, B.*, Sheng, Z., Holland, S. J., & Tomassetti, A. J. (In press). Extending situational strength theory to account for situation-outcome mismatch. In press at Journal of Business and Psychology. (*The first two authors contributed equally: Ordering is arbitrary.)

Alaybek, B., Green, J. P., & Dalal, R. S. (2018). Assessment of situational influences. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. K. Shackeford (Eds.), Springer Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences (pp.1–8). doi:10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_819-1

Alaybek, B., Dalal, R. S., Sheng, Z., Morris, A. G., Tomassetti, A. J., & Holland, S. J. (2017). Situational strength cues from social sources at work: Relative importance and mediated effects. Frontiers in Psychology, 8. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01512

Dalal, R. S., & Bolunmez, B. (2016). Evidence-based ways to improve workplace decisions: Small steps, big effects. Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) White Paper Series.

Steinke, J., Bolunmez, B., Fletcher, L., Wang, V., Tomassetti, A. J., Repchick, K., Zaccaro, S. J., Dalal, R. S., & Tetrick, L. E. (2015). Improving cyber security incident response team effectiveness using teams-based research. IEEE, Security & Privacy, 13, 20-29. 

Expanded Publication List

Dalal, R. S., Bolunmez, B., Tomassetti, A. J., & Sheng, Z. (2016). Escalation: An understudied team decision-making structure. In S. J. Zaccaro, R. S. Dalal, & L. E. Tetrick (Eds.), The Psychosocial Dynamics of Cyber Security (pp. 74-91). Routledge.

Bolunmez*, B. (2016). Where does diversity exist in GMU? Perceptions of diversity from a geospatial perspective. In E. King & L. Andrews (Eds.), Diversity at Mason: The Science of Diversity Project (pp. 10-15). Fairfax, VA: George Mason University, Diversity Research Group. 

Tetrick, L., E., Zaccaro, S. J., Dalal, R. S., Steinke, J. A., Repchick, K. M., Hargrove, A. K., Shore, D. B., Winslow, C. J., Chen, T. R., Green, J. P., Bolunmez, B., Tomassetti, A. J., McCausland, T. C., Fletcher, L., Sheng, Z., Schrader, S. W., Gorab, A. K., & Niu, Q. (2016). Improving social maturity of cybersecurity incident response teams. Fairfax, VA: George Mason University. Available at: http://calctraining2015.weebly.com/the- handbook.html

Harris, M., & Bolunmez, B. (2016). Comparable worth. In S. G. Rogelberg (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Industrial/Organizational Psychology, 2nd Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA, USA: Sage.

Sabat, I. E., Lindsey, A. P., Membere, A., Anderson, A., Ahmad, A., King, E., & Bolunmez, B. (2014). Invisible disabilities: Unique strategies for workplace allies. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 7, 259 - 265.

Dalal, R. S., Tomassetti, A. J., Holland, S. J., Chen, T. R., Vega, R. P., Zhu, M., & Bolunmez, B. (2013). Testing the situational strength process model: The role of motivational states. U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI). Fort Belvoir, VA.

Sylla C., Mojisola O., & Bolunmez B. (2010). A hybrid approach to construction contractors’ evaluation and selection. Journal of Academy of Business and Economics, 10, 167 - 181.

Sylla, C., & Bolunmez, B. (2005). DSS for pre-qualification and selection of construction contractors. Proceedings of the Fourth IBII Conference on E-Business, June 1-3, 2005, Wuhan, China, 379-388.

Alaybek, B. (2000). Methods improvement and standard time development in men’s shirt assembly lines. (Unpublished Master’s Thesis), Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey. (in Turkish)

Recent Presentations

Keeler, K., Alaybek, B., Cheung, H.K., & Cortina, J. M. Climate level and strength: A meta-analysis of their relationship and their effects on work outcomes. In Keeler, K. R. & Alaybek, B. (Chairs), Current Directions in Climate Level and Climate Strength Research. Symposium presented at the 2019 annual conference for the Academy of Management, Boston, MA.

Zhu, Z., Tomassetti, A.J., Sabat, I.E., Schrader, S.W., Alaybek, B., Jones, C.*, Loo, K.*, Zhou, Y.*, & Dalal, R.S. (2019, May). A meta-analysis of the test-retest reliability of judgments via the policy-capturing technique. Poster presented at the 31st annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, D.C. * Denotes equal contribution.

Purl, J., Sinclair, A. L., McCloy, R. A., Koch, A., Alaybek, B., Dalal, R. S., Oswald, S., Zuo, C., Alexander, L., Landers, R. N., & Armstrong, B. (2019, March). Game-like personality assessment: Using personality research to design games. In S. Marin (Chair) Leveling on Game Thinking: Research Trends in Gamification and Game-Based Assessments. Symposium presented at the 34th annual conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, National Harbor, MD.

Sheng, Z., Bosco, F. A., Cortina, J. M., Alaybek, B. (2018, August). Time intervals in turnover research. In Z. Sheng (Chair), Can We Predict Turnover Better? Theoretical Refinements and Methodological Considerations. Symposium presented at the annual conference for the Academy of Management, Chicago, IL.

Alaybek, B., Wang, Y., Boemerman, L. S. G., Dubrow, S. R., & Dalal, R. S. (2018, April). Effects of rationality and intuition on job outcomes: A meta-analysis. Poster presented at the 33rd annual conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Chicago, IL.

Alaybek, B., Sheng, Z., & Dalal, R. S. (2018, April). Extending situational strength theory to account for situation-outcome match. Poster presented at the 33rd annual conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Chicago, IL.

Bolunmez, B., Sheng, Z., Morris, A. G., Tomassetti, A. J., Holland, S., & Dalal, R. S. (2017, April). Sources of situational strength at work. Poster presented at the 32nd annual conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Orlando, FL.

Bolunmez, B., Fletcher, L., Kim, F. J., & King, E. B. (2016, April). Participant-defined mapping: New perspectives to study human–space interaction. Poster presented at the annual conference for the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology, Anaheim, CA.

Sabat, I., Bolunmez, B., King, E., Lindsey, A., Gulick, L., & Choos, L. (2016, April). Recognizing bias about bias can improve diversity training effectiveness. In A. Lindsey and V. Gilrane (Chairs), Novel Approaches for Enhancing Diversity Training Effectiveness in the Workplace. Symposium conducted at the annual conference for the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology, Anaheim, CA.