Dr. Michele Rigolizzo

Assistant Professor | Management | Feliciano School of Business
Location: 440
Telephone: 973-655-7419
Email: Rigolizzom@montclair.edu


Dr. Rigolizzo earned a doctorate degree from Harvard Business School in 2017, following a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2010. She researches the ways in which working adults are empowered to learn thorough the challenges they face in their everyday work. She has developed new models and methodologies to study how employees can learn to learn in dynamic business environments. She also brings her professional training background, along with deep expertise in adult learning, to help her students become better professionals and better learners.


Organizational Behavior, Human Resources, Adult Learning, Training and Development, Workplace Learning, Learning Behaviors


  • DBA, Organizational Behavior/Management, 2017, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA
  • Other, Mind, Brain, and Education, 2010, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA
  • BA, Journalism, 1997, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Montclair State University. (September 2017 - Current).
  • Fellow, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Learning Innovations Laboratory (LILA). (August 2013 - Current).
  • Research Assistant III, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Learning Innovations Laboratory (LILA). (August 2012 - August 2013).
  • Learning Advisor, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield NJ. (November 2010 - August 2011).
  • Manager - Learning & Development, Bristol-Myers Squibb. (March 2007 - August 2009).
  • Project Analyst - Strategy & Analysis, Bristol-Myers Squibb. (March 2000 - March 2006).


  • Collaboration with Great Places to Work to evaluate the impact of managerial training on leading learning on employee job satisfaction.
  • Collaboration with Great Places to Work to evaluate the learning and development components of their widely-distributed survey.
  • Collaboration with Leslie Perlow (Harvard Business School) on Developing Effective Reflection Habits
  • Collaboration with the Steelcase organization to improve the decision-making skills of employees.
  • Collaboration with Vodafone to examine the learning behaviors of 18-24 year-olds who are undergoing a game-based training on enhancing digital skills.
  • Self-Efficacy Calibrations: Does learner confidence increase learning behaviors?
  • Working Paper: How School Affects Work: Employees' Perceptions of School Life predict Workplace Learning Behaviors

Refereed Published Articles

  • Rigolizzo, M., Zhu, Z. (2020). Motivating Reflection Habits and Raising Employee Awareness of Learning. Evidence-based HRM, 8 (2), pp. 161-175.
  • Rigolizzo, M. (2019). Ready and Willing to Learn: Exploring Personal Antecedents to Taking on Learning Challenges. Journal of Workplace Learning, 31 (4), pp. 289-304.
  • Rigolizzo, M. (2018). The LABS (Learning As Behaviors) Framework for Higher-Order Learning. The Learning Organization, 25 (4), pp. 224-236.

Books & Chapters Published

  • Rigolizzo, M., Amabile, T. (2015). Entrepreneurial Creativity: The Role of Learning Processes and Work Environment Supports.. (pp. 61-78).

Published Proceedings

  • Rigolizzo, M., Zhu, Z. (2020). The Ebb and Flow of Learning Motivation. : Academy of Management Proceedings. Refereed
  • Rigolizzo, M. (2019). The Learning Behaviors Measure: A Behavioral Measure of Self-Directed Learning. : Academy of Management Proceedings. Refereed
  • Rigolizzo, M., Roloff, K. (2018). The Role of Learning Orientation in the Process of Learning. Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510-8020: Academy of Management. Refereed