The Checklist Manifested

Friday • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM • Location: Ryman Studio G

Timothy Ludwig, Ph.D.
Professor & Author

Matthew Laske
Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies & Appalachian State University

If checklists are to be effective as behavior-management tools, you must manage the behavior of using checklists! Learn how to increase the Integrity of Procedure Use and Checklists.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Learn why pencil whipping exists
  2. Learn how to design checklists targeting the action that matter
  3. Learn the science and best practices of checklist design and use.

Timothy Ludwig earned his Ph.D. at Virginia Tech researching the benefits of employee-driven behavioral safety programs under E. Scott Geller continuing his post-doctoral work in industrial engineering studying applications of W. Edwards Deming to quality and safety improvement. His popular website is a content-rich resource of safety culture stories, blogs, research, videos, and services. Dr. Ludwig was cited in Industrial Safety and Hygiene News (ISHN) “50 Leaders for Today and Tomorrow”.

Dr. Ludwig serves on the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies’ Behavioral Safety Accreditation Commission that reviews best-in-industry safety practices and offers objective feedback on safety programs.

Dr. Ludwig is a Distinguished Graduate Professor at Appalachian State University where he teaches in the nationally recognized Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Human Resources Management Master’s program. Dr. Ludwig's teaching has been recognized with the North Carolina University Board of Governors’ Excellence award and has been inducted into the University's Academy of Outstanding Teachers.

Dr. Ludwig served as editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and is the past President of the Organizational Behavior Management Network. Dr. Ludwig is the author of dozens of scholarly articles that empirically document the successes of methods to improve safety and quality in industry through behavior-based solutions. His books include Intervening to Improve the Safety of Occupational Driving (2001), Behavioral Systems: Understanding Complexity in Organizations (2010), Behavioral Science Approaches to Process Safety: A Response to Industry’s Call (2018), and Dysfunctional Practices that Kill your Safety Culture (2018).

Dr. Ludwig has over 30 years’ experience in research and practice in behavioral safety where he integrates empirical findings into his safety consulting. Within his consulting practice Dr. Ludwig has helped assess, design, and implement safety and quality improvement programs in over 50 companies. Dr. Ludwig has delivered over 50 of his popular keynote presentations in 15 countries worldwide.

Matthew Laske is a graduate researcher at Appalachian State University and a Distinguished Scholar from the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. Matthew has improved behavioral safety programs in various industries including chemical manufacturing and distribution. Currently, he is a project manager for the safety analytics team at Appalachian State seeking to identify variables that are most predictive of adverse safety outcomes.