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2010 Workshop Titles, Presenters, and Abstracts

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

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1. Human Capital Risk: Communicating Metrics Through the New Language of the C-Suite. Seymour Adler, Aon; Kevin Kline, FBI. Coordinator: Amy Grubb, FBI.

Risk, threat, mitigation—the new language of your C-suite—leads to significant opportunity for translating traditional I-O metrics into organizational success. This workshop introduces a risk mitigation framework through practical examples to assist practitioners in elevating human capital strategy to equate to corporate and financial strategies.

2. The Practical Side of Culture: Defining Your Employment Brand, Shaping Your Communications, and Aligning Your Strategy. Jeffrey Jolton, Kenexa; Anthony Coe, Kenexa. Coordinator: Chris Lovato, Kenexa.

An organization’s employment brand, internal communications, and long-term strategy are all impacted by its culture. Yet, culture remains a difficult subject to understand and evaluate. This workshop will make culture more meaningful for your organization through an active discussion around three real-world cases that led to dramatic results.

3. Unproctored Internet Testing: What to Consider Before Taking the Leap (To Jump or Not to Jump?). Nancy Tippins, Valtera; Rodney McCloy, HumRRO. Coordinator: Robert Gibby, Procter & Gamble.

This workshop will address important topics regarding unproctored Internet testing (UIT) for selection purposes, including their development, implementation, and interpretation. Both cognitive and noncognitive UIT will be considered, as will implementation of UIT in both the private and public sectors. The workshop will conclude with brief case studies involving UIT.

4. Using HR Data to Make Smarter Organizational Decisions. Wayne Cascio, University of Colorado; Brian Welle, Google. Coordinator: Margaret Barton, OPM.

This workshop is designed to help participants maximize use of HR systems and data-collection efforts to improve organizational decision making. Presenters will demonstrate practical strategies for making informed decisions using HR data across the organization and discuss how integrated systems, combined with thoughtful analysis, can improve organizational performance.

5. Maximizing the Value of Executive Coaching Within Organizations. David B. Peterson, PDI Ninth House; Nisha Advani, Genentech. Coordinator: Erica Desrosiers, PepsiCo, Inc.

This practical workshop outlines the key steps in hiring and managing a pool of external executive coaches. Participants will learn how to select the right coaches, match them with participants, contract, design and set up effective engagements, provide appropriate monitoring and support, and evaluate coaches and the coaching process.

6. Moving Beyond Angoff: Options for Setting Cut Scores, Minimal Qualifications, and Performance Standards. Steve Ferrara, CTB/McGraw Hill; Lorin Mueller, American Institutes for Research. Coordinator: Dwayne Norris, American Institutes for Research.

The Angoff technique is often the default option for setting cut scores in employment settings. This workshop focuses on alternatives to the Angoff technique for setting cut scores and performance standards. The workshop will demonstrate how to choose an alternative technique, give the participants practice in making the judgments required, and broaden participant’s thoughts about setting standards on assessments other than tests.

7. Developing Executives in the 21st Century: Relax—It’s Only Uncertainty. Sandra Shullman, Executive Development Group; Randall White, Executive Development Group. Coordinator: Wanda Campbell, Edison Electric Institute.

This workshop will explore the role of ambiguity and managing uncertainty in the development of successful executives. Participants will learn about the relationship of addressing uncertainty and ambiguity to other critical leadership variables, and the presenters will demonstrate and explain an approach to the assessment of individual capacity and aptitude for ambiguity.

8. Addressing Organizational Fixations With Fads. Paul Sackett, University of Minnesota; Kevin Nilan, 3M Corporation. Coordinator: Mindy Bergman, Texas A&M. 

Organizational decision makers often embrace popular concepts that have insufficient supporting evidence. The presenters review ways in which psychologists encounter fads in organizational settings and discuss strategies for countering organizational interest in fads. We discuss how psychologists have addressed fads in favor of evidence-based practice in the past.

9. You’ve Got Survey Results. Now What? Using Organizational Survey Results to Drive Change. Jack Wiley, Kenexa; Scott Brooks, Kenexa. Coordinator: Linda Carr, Cisco Systems.

By far the most common lament of survey practitioners and employees is nothing happened. This workshop provides a framework for effective survey feedback organization development, spotlighting common missteps and focusing on an extremely powerful feedback process that includes linkage research as a key step in moving from results to action.

10. Innovative Techniques for Improving Job Analysis: Leveraging 50 Years of I-O Research and Automation. Elaine Pulakos, PDRI; Mike Meyrowitz, PDRI. Coordinator: Cheryl Paullin, HumRRO.

Organizations demand that human capital systems be implemented efficiently and cost effectively. Too often, rigorous job analysis studies are viewed as too slow and expensive. This workshop will focus on conducting rigorous job analysis studies efficiently by leveraging existing I-O research and by automating steps in the job analysis process.

11. Ethics, Values, and I-O Psychology: Doing Good While Doing Well. Joel Lefkowitz, Baruch College; Rob Silzer, HR Development and Assessment. Coordinator: S. Morton McPhail, Valtera.

This workshop provides a guide for understanding ethical and unethical behavior, and includes a discussion of the cognitive and motivational components of ethical behavior and a general decision-making strategy for coping with ethical dilemmas. Participants will learn and practice applying a model of ethical reasoning to ethical challenges.

12. Maximizing the Effectiveness of E-Learning: Research-Based Insights and Practical Solutions. Will Thalheimer, Work-Learning Research Inc. Coordinator: Brigitte Steinheider, University of Oklahoma-Tulsa.

Today’s e-learning technologies offer powerful mechanisms for improving learning and workplace results. Unfortunately, many e-learning interventions fail to maximize learning outcomes. This workshop will provide a practical research-based approach to e-learning design and evaluation. In particular, participants will learn how e-learning can minimize forgetting and improve workplace remembering and performance.

13. It’s Not About Facebook: Unlocking the Power of Social Networks in Organizations. Dan Halgin, University of Kentucky; Kate Ehrlich, IBM Research. Coordinator: Michel Buffet, Fisher Rock Consulting.

Aside from highlighting important distinctions between social networking applications (e.g., Facebook, LinkedIn) and social networks and their analysis, this workshop will review most current concepts in social networks analysis (SNA), showcase current methodologies to measure and apply social networks data, and engage workshop participants in a live, hands-on SNA exercise.

14. Going Global: Considerations in Establishing and Managing Global Assessment and Survey Systems. Kate Sobzak, A&DC, Ltd.; Michael Fetzer, PreVisor; Kyle Lundby, Kenexa. Coordinator: Tim McGonigle, SRA.

This workshop will cover best practices for localizing, administering, and interpreting the results of assessments and organizational surveys; legal and security issues; a comparison of utilizing assessments for selection and development; and an exploration of critical behaviors for success based on organizational vision and values.

15. Trends in Employment Law: Ricci and Beyond. Kathleen Lundquist, APT Inc.; R. Lawrence Ashe Jr., Ashe, Rafuse, and Hill, LLP. Coordinator: Liberty Munson, Microsoft Corporation.

The Supreme Court’s decision in the controversial Ricci v. DeStefano case is just one of many new developments in employment law. Lundquist and Ashe will review significant new court decisions, discuss the implications for HR processes, and propose options for aligning HR processes with the new legal environment.