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SIOP Annual Conference 2007
The Marriott Marquis

New York, New York
April 27–29, 2007

Preconference Workshops and Special Events, April 26

Welcome From the Conference Chair

S. Douglas Pugh
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Welcome to the 22nd Annual SIOP Conference and workshops held in, quoting David Letterman, the “greatest city in the world!”  Whether or not you concur with Letterman’s assessment, we think you will agree that in 2007 we have put together a terrific set of conference activities in an exciting location.  On tap this year we have an excellent set of preconference workshops, a strong program with a number of special events, a set of cutting-edge Sunday Seminars, and plenty of opportunities to network and connect with old and new friends.  And, you’ll be doing all of this in the heart of Times Square, a short distance from some of the world’s best theaters, restaurants, and cultural attractions.  As you read through the registration materials, you will find in-depth descriptions of all of our major conference activities.  Here are some highlights.

Program

We have an outstanding program this year thanks to Tammy Allen and the volunteers working with her on the Program Committee.  There will be many great symposia, panel discussions, master tutorials (for CE credit), roundtables, and invited addresses.  Look for Tammy’s article in January TIP for more information.  A few highlights include:

• Themed sessions on Sunday morning on the topic of globalization.  These will include invited sessions involving speakers from outside SIOP as well as sessions submitted by our members
• A continuation of the interactive poster and community of interest sessions
• Top posters will again be featured during the Friday evening social
• Invited sessions on corporate responsibility, the scientist–practitioner model, and minority stressors and health

Invited Conference Address

This year, following the Friday morning Plenary Session and Presidential Address, there will be an invited Conference Address by Dr. Jeffrey Pfeffer.  Dr. Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior in the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and is the author of (with Robert Sutton) the critically acclaimed book Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense: Profiting from Evidence-Based Management.  In an era where “evidence-based medicine” is changing the practice of healthcare, Pfeffer and Sutton argue that we should bring the same research-based approach to the practice of management.  Dr. Pfeffer will present a provocative address on how we should, and why we often don’t, use research-based practices in managing organizations.

Workshops

The Workshop Committee headed by Joan Brannick has prepared 15 outstanding workshops for the 2007 Conference on Thursday, April 26.  These professional development opportunities have been planned with the generous input and feedback from many of you.  The workshops have been carefully designed to bring you the most up-to-date thinking and practice in our field.  Check out the extraordinary panel of nationally and internationally recognized experts—both from inside and outside of I-O—who will lead this year’s workshops.  Be sure to register early to ensure your first choices!

Sunday Seminars

Steven Rogelberg and his subcommittee have created an interesting and informative set of Sunday Seminars.  This year’s topics are quite diverse, covering cutting-edge research, methodology, and professional development issues.  Topics include evolutionary and genetic perspectives on leadership development, qualitative research methods, linkage research, and a session on the process of journal editing.  CE credits are offered for three of the four sessions, and the sessions are expected to sell out, so register early!

Job Placement

Mindy Bergman and Larissa Linton are managing the Placement Center.  The Placement Center will again operate completely online.  Those who register with the Placement Center will have access to resumés and/or job descriptions on the Web site before, during, and after the conference.  Register early to allow job seekers/employers sufficient time to search the database and print out your job descriptions/resumés.

Junior Faculty Consortium

Wendy Becker, Joyce Bono, and Jim Farr have assembled a group of renowned scholars for SIOP’s 2nd Annual Junior Faculty Consortium.  The consortium will provide opportunities for networking and a forum for discussions of interest to junior faculty as they navigate the worlds of teaching, research, and tenure.  The consortium begins at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday April 26 and, new this year, concludes with a social hour.  Registration is limited to 40 participants.

Master’s Consortium

The First Annual SIOP Master’s Consortium will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2007. The Master’s Consortium is designed for students who are enrolled in master’s programs in I-O psychology or OB/HRM. The program includes an impressive lineup of speakers who graduated from master’s programs and have excelled as managers and consultants. Speakers will meet with small groups of students and discuss issues related to finding, keeping, and getting promoted in I-O related jobs. Participants will attend two workshops, a question-and-answer roundtable, and a social hour. The speakers work for such notable organizations as Amgen, American Express, Coca-Cola, IBM, Microsoft, and PDI.

Tour

Come with us in New York to explore the heart of one of the world’s most important financial centers.  This year SIOP is sponsoring a guided walking tour that will explore the history, architecture, and people of Lower Manhattan—once New York’s first place of settlement, now the thriving financial center. Stops include the Woolworth Building, New York Stock Exchange, Federal Hall, and sites associated with Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, Victoria Woodhull, Lord Cornbury, and J. P. Morgan. 

No SIOPen Golf Tournament

Despite the best efforts of Mickey Kavenaugh, it appears that Manhattan and golf are a pretty tough match.  Mickey searched far and wide, out to the far reaches of Long Island, for a suitable venue.  Unfortunately, the costs of the courses, their unwillingness to commit without a substantial advance payment from SIOP, and the costs and logistics of transportation all resulted in a situation that was logistically and financially prohibitive.  We are sorry to disappoint the golf pros and duffers of SIOP, but rest assured that we will be working hard to bring back the SIOPen in San Francisco.

Fun Run

Paul and Pat Sackett and Kevin Williams return as organizers of the 5K Fun Run. Set your alarm early; we’ll bus you to the event for a 7 a.m. start on Saturday, April 28. No national television coverage a la that other New York race (Marathon?), but you’ll have a good time nonetheless.

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As noted, there’s a lot more information about the workshops, the tutorials, the Placement Center, Sunday Seminars, and the Fun Run in this booklet and online.  Read up and get registered!

Finally, I would like to offer special thanks to all the people involved in helping ensure that our conference in New York will be a success.  The amount of work that goes into putting on a conference for 3,000+ attendees is incredible, and Dave Nershi and the SIOP Administrative Office shoulder much of this burden.  Dave and the AO staff do the “heavy lifting” with regard to planning the conference logistics, including working on issues involving the hotels, decorators, exhibitors, room layouts, information technology, food and beverage, and local arrangements.  There is a tremendous amount of work that goes on behind the scenes to make sure that the conference is a success.  Indeed, when everything is running smoothly, you hardly notice the behind-the-scenes work, and that’s our goal!  Thanks Dave, and everyone at the office in Bowling Green, for making our conference a success year after year.  Another group that the conference could not be a success without is our exhibitors and sponsors.  Through our exhibitors, attendees are exposed to the latest developments in I-O research and practice, and the exhibitors and sponsors provide a significant amount of financial support for our conference.  Finally, deep and heartfelt thanks go out to you, the members of SIOP, who freely give of your time to participate in and support the conference.  The vast majority of our conference program comes directly from the hard work of our members: You plan our workshops, deliver our workshops, review conference submissions, deliver conference presentations, organize the placement center, and manage and run all of our special events like the Fun Run, tour, Sunday Seminars, and Junior Faculty and Master’s consortia.  Our student volunteers stuff conference bags, move heavy boxes, make signs, and do countless other tasks.  SIOP is a conference by and for its members, and the thousands of hours you have invested in bringing this conference to fruition will ensure that our 2007 conference in New York will be another outstanding success!

Here are some reminders to help you in planning for this year’s conference.

Reminders

Conference registration.  You have two registration options.  First, you can register online (and this option is encouraged). Those of you who have supplied an e-mail address to SIOP will receive instructions from the SIOP Administrative Office when the registration site comes online.  Alternatively, you can fill in the registration form in this booklet and send it with your registration fees to the Administrative Office.  Be sure to indicate which conference activities you’ll be participating in—the conference itself, workshops, the tour, the Fun Run, the Sunday Seminars.

Conference registrants who cancel their registration on or before April 5, 2007, will receive a refund of the conference registration fee, less an $80 administrative fee.  Please refer to SIOP’s cancellation policy for workshops and cancellation policy for Sunday Seminars in their respective articles in this booklet.

Hotel reservations.  We are anticipating possibly record high attendance for this year’s conference in New York.  So, please be sure to make your hotel reservations as soon as you decide to attend.  We will be holding conference sessions in the main conference hotel, the Marriott Marquis.  The New York Marriott Marquis is an exceptional hotel located in Times Square, which places you in the center of all that New York has to offer—excellent shopping, the Fashion District, Broadway theater, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, Good Morning America Studios, great restaurants, and more.  We will maintain up-to-date information on hotel room availability on the SIOP Web site at http://www.siop.org/Conferences/HotelInfo.aspx.

We strongly encourage you to stay in the conference hotel.  Although New York City hotel rooms are not cheap, you’ll find the rate we’ve negotiated to be quite reasonable compared to similar high-quality hotels in Times Square.  Staying in the conference hotel will provide you with the maximum convenience for participating in all conference events.  SIOP must book blocks of rooms for its annual conference years in advance.  Furthermore, if the room block is not used, SIOP is liable for the unbooked rooms, a standard practice in the industry.  In other words, the cost of the unused rooms is absorbed by the membership.  Obviously, then, it is very helpful if people stay in the conference hotel.

Travel:  SIOP has two official airlines for the 2007 SIOP conference—American and Northwest.
 
• Receive a 5% discount off the lowest applicable airfare with American when traveling between April 18-May 5, 2007. Applicable airports are LaGuardia, Newark, JFK, White Plains, and Poughkeepsie. The discount is not valid when used in conjunction with any other discounted type fares, or when booked in Q or O class of service. The discount is not displayed when making your reservation online (see below); however, it will be taken at the time of ticketing.
• Receive a 10% discount from Northwest when tickets are booked at least 30 days prior to the departure date, and a 5% discount for tickets purchased within 30 days of departure. The Northwest discount applies for travel beginning April 19 through May 4, 2007. Applicable airports are LaGuardia, Newark and JFK. When booking your Northwest flights on the Atlas World Travel Web site, the discount will be displayed as a special fare, and will automatically include the discount. The discount is not valid with other discounts, certificates, coupons or promotional offers.

To get the discount book your airline reservations through SIOP’s travel agency, Atlas World Travel.  Atlas World Travel can help you easily and cost effectively make airline reservations to the SIOP conference. This agency offers personal representative service Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST. You may reach Atlas World Travel by calling (800) 776-2852 during the specified hours mentioned above and stating you are with SIOP. You may also access the online reservation system to make your travel plans by following the appropriate links from the SIOP conference Web page.

This year SIOP has a special conference discount with Avis Rent-A-Car.  Just call Avis directly at 1-888-754-8878 and use code J907322.

Discount transportation is available to and from JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark.  Shuttles are available from Airlink-New York.  Visit the Web site for fares and reservations.

Nightlife.  One of the world’s most exciting cities is literally right outside your front door.  Numerous Broadway theaters are just steps from the hotel.  Of particular interest, TKTS, the discount ticket service that sells unsold tickets for Broadway shows on the day of performance at 25-50% off the retail price, is right outside the Marriott.  Check the conference Web page for links to New York dining and entertainment options.

Conference information.  The SIOP Web site will be updated frequently with conference information, hotel information, and links to other sites of interest.  Be sure to check http://www.siop.org/Conferences regularly for news and updates.  If you have questions that are not answered on the Web site or in the registration materials, look on the inside cover of the registration booklet for the names and contact information of people who can be of help.  Please feel free to contact me at sdpugh@email.uncc.edu.

For your convenience, you will be able to access a personal conference planner again this year on the conference Web site.  This will enable you to plan and print your schedule.  The planner will not, however, guarantee your place in any session nor register you for sessions that require special registration, such as workshops.

Finally, remember that we will again have LCD projectors in every room.  If you want to use this equipment you will be required to bring your own laptop.  Please also arrive early to your session and load the presentations onto one computer before the sessions begin.

See you in New York!

 


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