Steven J. Kramer Ph.D.

Steven J. Kramer Ph.D.

Steven Kramer is an independent researcher and writer in Wayland, Massachusetts. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from UCLA, and his doctorate in developmental psychology from the University of Virginia. He has served as a post-doctoral research associate at Vanderbilt University, a psychology professor at Brandeis University, and a researcher at Epidemiological Resources, Inc. Kramer's current research interests include adult development, the meaning of work in human life, and the subjective experience of everyday events inside organizations (inner work life). Previously, he researched the perceptual and cognitive development of infants and young children.

Kramer is the co-author of The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work. He has also published several articles in the Harvard Business Review, on topics including inner work life, managerial awareness of work motivators, and the influence of time pressure on creativity. He has also published in the Academy of Management Journal and The Leadership Quarterly. In 2005, he won the Leadership Quarterly Best Paper Award from the Center for Creative Leadership.

Kramer is an avid landscape photographer.

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