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Workshop 15 (half day)

From Scientific Progress to Improved Practice: A Practitioner-Oriented Primer on Cutting-Edge I-O Research

Presenters:       Gilad Chen, University of Maryland
                          Joshua Sacco, Aon Consulting
Coordinator:      Kate Zimberg, Microsoft Corporation

Throughout its history, the field of I-O psychology has valued the scientist–practitioner model.  Inherent in this model is a need for continuous dialogue between scientists and practitioners.  In accordance with the scientist–practitioner model, the purpose of this workshop is to survey some of the most important recent developments in the science of I-O psychology and discuss implications of this scientific progress to the advancement of I-O psychology practice.  This workshop will target I-O psychology practitioners whose jobs often make it difficult to keep up with the rapid scientific progress of our field.  Areas of coverage will include (a) developments in the conceptualization and measurement of work performance, (b) multilevel models of human resource management, (c) contextual influences on employee engagement, (d) advancements in the measurement of individual differences in the context of employee selection, (e) emerging theories of employee turnover, and (f) specific implications of progress in these areas to core I-O practice areas, such as staffing, training and development, job design, and performance management.  Throughout the workshop, dialogue regarding areas of practice where additional scientific progress is needed will be encouraged.  Key references for each area of scientific progress will also be provided.

This workshop is designed to help participants:

  • Describe key trends in current I-O psychology research
  • Identify areas where I-O psychology science has made the most progress
  • Apply new scientific principles to the improvement of selection, training, and performance management practices
  • Generate future areas of research that would be especially relevant for practitioners

Gilad Chen is an associate professor of management and organization in the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.  He received his BA in psychology from the Pennsylvania State University and his MA and PhD in I-O psychology from George Mason University.  He has published more than 20 articles and chapters on topics such as work motivation, teams, leadership, training, and newcomer socialization.  He is currently serving on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.  He has served as chair of SIOP’s Scientific Affairs Committee, as a representative-at-large for the Research Methods Division of the Academy of Management, and on several other SIOP and Academy of Management committees.  He is a recipient of several professional awards, including SIOP’s Distinguished Early Career Contributions Award and the Academy of Management Journal Outstanding Reviewer Award.

Joshua Sacco is a senior manager in the Los Angeles office of Aon Consulting.  He received his BA in psychology summa cum laude from the State University of New York at Geneseo.  He received a MA and PhD in I-O psychology from Michigan State University, where he held a Michigan State University Distinguished Fellowship and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.  He has published more than a dozen articles on topics such as personnel selection, measurement, and diversity.  He has won the Michigan Association of I-O Psychologists’ Best Student Paper Award, the Journal of Management’s Best Paper Award, SIOP’s S. Rains Wallace Dissertation Award, and SIOP’s Owens Scholarly Achievement Award. 

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