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The High Performance Institute by Kenexa employs one of the most talented, experienced and innovative research teams in the industry. Our researchers provide the latest, most applicable global workforce research available to businesses today.


Sheri L. Feinzig, Ph.D.

Sheri L. Feinzig, Ph.D.

Dr. Sheri L. Feinzig is Director of IBM’s Smarter Workforce Institute, part of IBM's Smarter Workforce Strategy and Product Management team. Dr. Feinzig has over 20 years of practical experience in organizational change, business transformation and human capital management, with expertise in leading large-scale, high-impact global initiatives. Dr. Feinzig’s career has spanned Human Resources and business transformation roles, both internally focused and client-facing. In her HR roles Dr. Feinzig led several research-based projects on topics such as employee retention, employee engagement and morale, job design and organizational culture. From a business transformation perspective, Dr. Feinzig was responsible for several multi-year sales optimization initiatives, including the alignment of sales resources with market opportunity, optimization of sales territory design, and quota and sales incentives optimization. Additional areas of expertise include knowledge management, social network analysis, and organizational change.

Throughout her career, Dr. Feinzig’s knowledge of quantitative and qualitative data analytics, combined with project management and global team leadership expertise, have enabled her to effect positive change in a variety of business settings.

Dr. Feinzig earned her Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology at the University at Albany, State University of New York. She has presented on numerous occasions at national professional conferences and has co-authored a number of manuscripts, publications and technical reports on such topics as performance feedback, employee reactions to organizational downsizing, and training evaluation. She has served as an adjunct professor in the Psychology departments of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York and the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois, where she has taught doctoral, masters and undergraduate courses on performance appraisal, and tests and measures. Dr. Feinzig graduated Summa Cum Laude from her undergraduate studies in psychology and business administration (also at the University at Albany), and is a member of the US national honor society Phi Beta Kappa.


Nigel Guenole, Ph.D.

Nigel Guenole, Ph.D.

Nigel Guenole, Ph.D., serves as a Research Manager with the High Performance Institute by Kenexa, where his work focuses on new product development, technical sales, product validation studies, and keeping consultants and clients apprised of best practice and new developments in the field of leadership. Dr. Guenole’s work has appeared in numerous academic journals including Organizational Research Methods, Personality and Individual Differences, Behavior and Therapy and International Journal of Selection and Assessment. He is a regular conference presenter at events such as the annual Academy of Management and Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology conferences. He recently wrote a chapter for a new book on assessment centers edited by George Thornton and Nigel Povah. In addition to his role with Kenexa, Dr. Guenole is a lecturer in work psychology and program director for the Master of Science Occupational Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has a Doctorate in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Canterbury University, a master’s degree with First Class Honors in IO Psychology from Victoria University and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Statistics from Massey University.

Rena Rasch, Ph.D.

Rena Rasch, Ph.D.

Rena Rasch, Ph.D., serves as the Manager of the High Performance Institute by Kenexa-Minneapolis team, which she joined in 2008. She also manages the Institute’s WorkTrends™ study—an annual employee opinion survey of over 35,000 workers in 28 countries around the world. Dr. Rasch uses her skills in psychometric theory, research design and statistics to develop valid and reliable HR tools and knowledge. She has made several contributions to the organizational science literature, including an article in the Journal of Applied Psychology about the types of samples commonly used in the field’s published research literature. She has also made multiple contributions to the topic of generational differences in the workplace, and is also developing a comprehensive research stream about trust in leadership. Dr. Rasch is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychologists, and frequently presents at SIOP and APA annual conferences. Dr. Rasch received her Doctorate from the University of Minnesota.

Ines Wichert, Ph.D.

Ines Wichert, Ph.D.

Ines Wichert is a Senior Psychologist at the High Performance Institute by Kenexa with a special interest in talent management and female leadership development. Dr. Wichert leads KHPI’s Women in Leadership research stream. Her new book, “Where Are All the Senior Women? Nine Critical Job Assignments for Women Business Leaders,” was published by Palgrave Macmillan in October 2011. Dr. Wichert has appeared on BBC News commenting on quotas for women, and has written and been interviewed for various broadsheets, including the Financial Times, the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal Europe, and other leading HR publications in the UK and abroad. She regularly speaks at events on the topic of women and leadership.

Before joining Kenexa, Dr. Wichert has worked for many years as a management consultant advising leading global organizations on their talent issues. Dr. Wichert has a Doctorate in Organizational Psychology from the University of Cambridge, and is an active committee member of the European Professional Women’s Network in London.

Haiyan Zhang, Ph.D.

Haiyan Zhang, Ph.D.

Haiyan Zhang, Ph.D., is a researcher with the High Performance Institute by Kenexa, studying employee attitudes and behaviors with the Institute’s WorkTrends™ survey of 35,000 employees worldwide. Her areas of expertise include survey design and research, recruitment and selection, organizational justice, and cross-cultural human resources management. She has presented and published research findings at various international conferences and professional journals.

Dr. Zhang received a doctorate in Human Resources Management from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada and a master’s degree in Economics from Renmin University, Beijing, China. Prior to her doctoral study, Dr. Zhang worked as Vice General Manager of Tianjin Hi-Tech Consulting, where she led large research and management consulting projects.