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Saturday Theme Track

Corporate Social Responsibility

Sara Weiner, Kenexa
Peter Bachiochi, Eastern Connecticut State University
Alessia D’Amato, Center for Creative Leadership
Stephen Dwight, Novo Nordisk Inc.
Michele Ehler, Target
Adam Grant, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
John Howes, Nike
Deborah Rupp, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Daniel Turban, University of Missouri

The SIOP Saturday Theme Track on April 4, 2009 will be a full day of cohesive programming composed of presentations, symposia, interactive poster sessions, a research incubator, and a discussion session.  This theme track is designed by a specially appointed committee as a “conference within a conference” to appeal to both academics and practitioners and reflect a cutting-edge topic or trend. The focus of the 2009 Saturday Theme Track is corporate social responsibility. 

The Saturday theme track will focus on one of the most critical issues facing the business world today: the responsibility of organizations to their communities, society, and the environment, and the role I-O professionals play in meeting those responsibilities. Many organizations wrestle with how to embed corporate social responsibility/sustainability (CSR) into their business, how to measure its impact, and the rationale for sustaining it as a business priority.  Whether because of “push” or “pull” factors or both, many organizations today perceive a mandate to focus on CSR.  Although in some organizations CSR has been conceptually adopted, execution may fall short of expectations.  In other organizations, CSR has been incorporated into the fabric of the business with clearly articulated benefits. This theme track will highlight the role that I-O psychologists can play in driving CSR within global, multinational, and single-nation organizations. This conference within a conference will leverage decision makers, researchers, and practitioners all prominent in their areas to further develop the thought leadership on the role of business in society, to discuss theoretical underpinnings that will encourage empirical research, and to identify and address drivers of and obstacles to successful implementation of CSR principles. 

We hope you will join us for what will clearly be a provocative day of frank discussion and deliberation on this universally relevant issue.    

A brief summary of the Saturday theme track is presented below along with a list of invited presenters.

INTRODUCTION: Corporate Social Responsibility Theme Track
and Keynote

Saturday Theme Track Committee Chair: Sara Weiner, Kenexa

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Ingar Skaug, Group CEO Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA and Chairman of Board of Center for Creative Leadership

This keynote session will set the stage for SIOP’s 2009 Saturday theme track covering the following areas: interweaving CSR/sustainability into the fabric of the business: the corporation’s angle; CSR/sustainability as a driver for innovation and opportunities: beyond legal requirements; strategic planning and CSR/sustainability.

SPEAKER: Cynthia Williams, Professor, University of Illinois College of Law:  The CSR Trend in Global Business: Global Banks as Global Regulators

This session will cover the following areas: overview of the CSR Trend in Global Business, an examination of one industry (banking) and the CSR standards being developed in that industry, and implications within the firm and for employees of firms that are CSR leaders.

Session Chair: Deborah Rupp, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

PANEL DISCUSSION: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at Work: 
Examples of CSR Practices in Organizational Settings

Mathian Osicki, IBM
John Howes, Nike
Katrina Eckard, Starbucks
Rebecca Borden, Sun Microsystems
Michele Ehler, Target

A panel of I-O psychologists from companies recognized for strong CSR will share their organizations’ innovative practices.  Each will describe their organization’s vision, culture and values, the role I-O can play enhancing these efforts and the organization’s business case for CSR.

Session Chairs: Stephen Dwight, Novo Nordisk Inc.; John Howes, Nike

SYMPOSIUM: Leadership for CSR/Sustainability: A Global Perspective

This symposium offers theoretical insight and empirical results focusing on the nature of effective leadership oriented toward corporate social responsibility/sustainability and ethical leadership. The objective is to further the understanding of the dynamic nature of such leadership and to address practical issues pertaining to the development of leadership that can deal with CSR/sustainability and the complex demands of a global society.

Papers and presenters:

1. Corporate Social Responsibility at the Upper Echelons of Organizations: Toward an Understanding of Decision-Making Values and Leader Behavior.  David A. Waldman, School of Global Management and Leadership, Arizona State University, Mary Sully De Luque and Nathan Washburn, Thunderbird, The Garvin School of International Management, Glendale.

2. Assessing Globally Responsible Leadership: Beliefs and Practices. Laura Quinn, Center for Creative Leadership/University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

3. Social Learning Effects of Ethical Leaders on Employee (Un)ethical Behavior.  David M. Mayer, University of Central Florida, Jay B. Carson and Maribeth Kuenzi, Southern Methodist University, David De Cremer, Tilburg University.

4. Engaging Employees as Citizens.  Philip Mirvis, Senior Research Fellow, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship.

Session Chair: Alessia D’Amato, Center for Creative Leadership.

POSTER SESSION: Public Engagement:
Service Learning Projects in the Classroom

Service learning projects integrate student instruction and learning with community service as students apply and develop relevant knowledge and skills completing projects for not-for-profit organizations.   These posters describe various service learning projects to share knowledge and practices and encourage interested faculty members to use SLPs in their classes.

Posters and presenters:

1. Collaborating With Not-for-Profit Organizations to Foster a GREAT Student Experience.  Robert T. Brill, Moravian College.

2. What Can Be Learned From Service Learning?  Kenneth G. Brown, Bennett E. Postlethwaite, Steven D. Charlier, Deborah Lindell, Michelle McQuistan, and Kelly Sass, The University of Iowa.

3. Dedicated to Letters and All the Arts: Can an Educational Experience Make an Impression? Service Learning as a Possible Tool for Creating Responsible Organizational Citizens and Sustainable Business.  Anne E. Herman, Kenexa Research Institute, Lynn K. Harland and David Ambrose, University of Nebraska Omaha.

4. Lessons Learned From Community-Based Service-Learning Projects Involving Students Enrolled in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Personnel Psychology Courses.  Christopher W. LeGrow, Marshall University.

5. Assessing Communication Skills:  A Service Learning Example.  Morell E. Mullins, Christina Fleck, Bridget McNamara, Erik Naimon, and Trista Stark, Xavier University.

6. International Service-Learning: Lessons From South Africa.  Dan Sachau, Scott Fee, Ashley Johnson, and Joshua Wittrock, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Session Chair: Daniel Turban, University of Missouri.

SYMPOSIUM: Behavioral Ethics: Linking Managerial Ethics
and Corporate Social Responsibility

This session aims to strengthen the ties between ethics and CSR research by taking a multilevel perspective on behavioral ethics and the larger CSR context in which it operates. We seek to bridge that gap and initiate conversations in which theoretical and empirical approaches from all sides might be better integrated.

Papers and presenters:

1. Moral Leadership. Russell Cropanzano, University of Arizona.

2. A Deeper Look at Deonance in the Workplace. Rob Folger, University of Central Florida.

3. From Proscriptions to Prescriptions: A Call for Including Prosocial Behavior in Behavioral Ethics. Dave Mayer, University of Central Florida.

4. The Managerial Relevance of Ethical Efficacy. Marie Mitchell and Noel F. Palmer, University of Nebraska.

5. Revisiting the Garbage Can Model of Ethical Decision Making in Organizations. Marshall Schminke, James Caldwell, and Alex Vestal, University of Central Florida.

6. When Organizational Citizens Do Bad Things for Good Reasons: Examining Unethical Prosocial Behaviors. Elizabeth Umphress, Texas A&M University, and John Bingham, Brigham Young University.

Chair and Discussant: Marshall Schminke, University of Central Florida.

Moderator: Deborah Rupp, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

RESEARCH INCUBATOR: The Science and Practice of CSR:
What I-O Psychologists Can Contribute

How can I-O psychologists add value to theory, research, and practice on corporate social responsibility (CSR)? This research incubator is designed to stimulate reflection and collaboration. Presentations and roundtable discussions will explore how CSR initiatives influence employees’ attitudes and behaviors, and how this research can inform practice.

Joshua Margolis, Harvard Business School
Kimberly Elsbach, University of California-Davis
David Jones, University of Vermont
Bradley J. Alge, Purdue University

Session Chairs: Adam Grant, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Deborah Rupp, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Daniel Turban, University of Missouri


All speakers who participate in this Theme Track will be invited back for this discussion session with the audience.  Some of the questions recorded on forms during the day by audience members will also be posed to presenters at this time.

Session Chairs: Alessia D’Amato, Center for Creative Leadership, Stephen Dwight, Novo Nordisk Inc., Adam Grant, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Deborah Rupp, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Daniel Turban, University of Missouri, Sara Weiner, Kenexa.