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Thursday Theme Track 


I-O Psychologists as Leading Edge in Evidence-Based Management

Denise M. Rousseau, Carnegie Mellon University
Rob Briner,
Birbeck College
Jodi Goodman,
University of Connecticut
Robert Greene, 
James O’Brien,
University of Western Ontario
Jayne Speicher,
Sara Rynes,
University of Iowa

The SIOP Thursday Theme Track on April 2, 2009 will be a full day of cohesive programming including presentations, tutorials, and panel discussions.  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 Thursday Theme Track is evidence-based management.

The Thursday Theme Track will address an emerging movement engaging scholars, practitioners, and educators in closing the research–practice gap. Contemporary managers and their decisions are heavily swayed by fads and the promises consultants make.  I-O psychology, with its large placement of discipline-trained professionals in industry has long been an exemplar of how science can influence management practice.  Nonetheless, more work still is needed to promote the broader use of scientific evidence in organizational decision making. Improving the uptake of science in organizational practices requires a fresh approach that links scholars, practitioners, and educators.

Evidence-based management (EBMgt) separates effective practices from fads and hype. EBMgt means making organizational decisions based on scientific and practice-informed facts, in conjunction with managerial judgment and ethics. Managers practicing EBMgt learn how to obtain and use the best available evidence to inform their decisions. Educators prepare practitioners for ongoing learning throughout their career regarding scientific developments relevant to their decisions. Scholars, working with practitioners to identify critical practice questions, conduct systematic reviews to assemble the full body of relevant quantitative and qualitative research to provide evidence-based answers and guides to implementation.

This theme track provides an understanding of the principles and practices of the emerging evidence-based practice movement and its implications for I-O psychologists. Participants will learn approaches useful to them as researchers, educators, and practitioners in supporting better access and use of evidence in making better organizational decisions.  

We hope you will join us for provocative idea sharing. A brief summary of the Thursday theme track is presented below, along with a list of invited presenters.

OPENING KEY NOTE: The First Ten Years of
Evidence-Based Management—and the Next

Keynote speaker, Dr. Anthony Kovner, is a founder of the evidence-based management movement. He relates its history, trends, and critical issues and compelling reasons why I-O psychology is positioned to move it into the mainstream of teaching, practice, and research.  
Session Chairs: Denise M. Rousseau, Carnegie Mellon and John Scott, APT, Inc.

PRESENTATION /DISCUSSION: Evidence-Based Practice as a
Decision Science: Fundamentals of Evidence-Informed Decisions

John Boudreau, University of Southern California

Evidence-based practice is more than benchmarking and best practices. It is mindful decision making to design effective processes for recurring and novel decisions managers and other practitioners make. I-O psychology research informs how best to make both kinds of decisions evidence-informed.

Session Chair: Anthony Kovner, New York University.

PANEL: Practicing I-O Psychology From EBMgt Perspective—
Is This What We Do Now?

Robert Greene,  Reward$ystems
Jayne Speicher, PRADCO
Marcus Champ, Griffith University
Ben Schneider, Valtera
Sara Rynes, University of Iowa

From selection and training through team building and developing a service culture, the practice of I-O psychology has a deep evidence-base.  This panel addresses the array of challenges to overcome in use evidence in everyday organizational practices.

Chair, Robert Greene, Reward$ystems.

TUTORIAL: Conducting Synthetic Reviews as a Basis for
Evidence-Based Practices: Beyond Meta-Analyses

Facilitator/Instructors: Rob Briner, Birbeck College, and David Denyer, Cranfield

E-B practices depend on access to and dissemination of cumulative evidence. This mini-tutorial provides guidance in conducting systematic reviews (SR), an effective means of summarizing a body of scientific evidence to answer a practice question. SRs go beyond meta-analyses, including studies using diverse methods, address conditions of use, contextualization of findings, and future applications.

Session Chairs,  Jodi Goodman, University of Connecticut, and Jayne Speicher, PRADCO.

PRESENTATION: Teaching From an Evidence-Based Perspective:
Frameworks, Tools, and Lessons Learned

Teaching I-O psychology, and related management topics, from an evidence-based perspective has a distinct paradigm, based upon extensive research on learning and transfer. Experienced EB teachers will address effective approaches to teaching I-O psychology and organizational behavior via development of critical thinking, learning goals and their evaluation, focusing upon key research-based principles, and active practice. 

Jodi Goodman, University of Connecticut
James O’Brien, University of Western Ontario
Denise Rousseau, Carnegie Mellon University
Session Chair: James O’Brien, University of Western Ontario

CLOSING KEYNOTE: SHRM  President Laurence (Lon) G. O’Neil


Perspectives on EBMgt are provided by the head of SHRM, the world’s largest human resource management association, representing more than 245,000 professionals in 130 countries. Lon O’Neil is formerly senior VP and CHRO Kaiser Permanente.  

Session Chair, Gary Latham, University of Toronto.