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Master Collaboration Session
Session 196

(Participants earn 1.5 CE credits total.  This is one session showcasing two different collaborative efforts.)

The target audience for the Master Collaboration will be both academics and internal/external consultants—as the discussion will focus specifically on how both of these professional roles can gain from working with each other. The instructional level of the activity will be advanced as the presenters will focus on case studies that involved interacting with senior leaders and work that was successful due to significant experience in current respective roles.

Leadership Development and Safety - Two Case Studies in Collaboration

Topic:  Collaborating to Drive Safety Improvements at a Fortune 500 Company

A Practitioner-Academic Collaboration to Drive Safety Gains at a Large Service Organization

Craig Wallace, PhD from Georgia Tech in I-O Psychology; Associate Professor of Management, Oklahoma State University; 12 years of experience with the program content

Shane Douthitt, PhD from The University of Georgia in Applied Psychology; Managing Partner of Strategic Management Decisions; 15 years of experience in the program content

Learning Objectives:


1. Create a compelling story for practitioners to engage academics
2. Create a compelling story for academics to engage practitioners
3. Describe how to make the process a win/win for both sides
4. Identify how to gain buy-in from senior leaders (e.g., calculating expected ROI)
5. Increase collaboration (using grad students/other professors)


Topic:  Collaborating to Drive Executive Development

Executive Coaching:  A Practitioner-Academic Collaboration to Investigate Differential Outcomes

Bart Craig, PhD from Virginia Tech in I-O Psychology; Associate Professor of Psychology, NC State University; 17 years of experience with the program content

Adam Ortiz, PsyD from The University of St. Thomas in Counseling Psychology; Managing Partner of Executive Development Consulting; 20 years of experience with the program content

Attendees will learn about issues that may arise when academics and practitioners collaborate to conduct leadership research, including:

1. Identify issues related to using data for research that weren’t originally collected for that purpose, such as confidentiality and informed consent
2. Describe academic constraints and university bureaucracies, such as the Institutional Review process
3. Protect the practitioner’s business interests (a.k.a. how to avoid annoying your clients)
4. Describe the academic side – how to involve students and produce scholarly publications
5. Use research results to improve the practice (e.g. demonstrate ROI)