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Workshop 11
Ethics, Values, and I-O Psychology: Doing Good While Doing Well

Presenters: Joel Lefkowitz, Baruch College
                  Rob Silzer, HR Development and Assessment

Coordinator: S. Morton McPhail, Valtera

Ethical behavior has a cognitive component: “What is the right thing to do, and how will I know it?” as well as a motivational component: “Why should I do the right thing?”  Moral philosophers and ethicists have tended to focus more on the first component than the second.  More recently, moral psychologists have explored the second.  A consideration of both, along with an understanding of the personal, social, and organizational values that shape our perceptions and deliberations, is needed in order to arrive at satisfying solutions to ethical dilemmas.  This session is designed to familiarize participants with these abstract notions and to facilitate their practical application to ethical issues in I-O psychology and in the organizations with which we work.  An advantage of addressing the underlying philosophical and psychological issues is to equip participants with the means of addressing new ethical situations that are not specifically described in our ethical codes and case books.  This workshop will be of value for all I-O practitioners, corporate responsibility officers, and those who train the next generation of I-O psychologists. Participants will acquire a general decision-making strategy for coping with ethical dilemmas and will practice applying the model to a number of practical cases.  The workshop will be highly interactive so that participants can raise their particular concerns as well as benefit from the experiences of others.

In particular, this workshop is designed to help participants:

• Understand views from philosophy and psychology in order to analyze and respond to ethical challenges
• Explain the nature of ethical and unethical behavior and how they differ from other forms of organizational misconduct and corruption
• Recognize the basic forms of ethical dilemmas one may encounter
• Anticipate an ethical problem, minimize its likelihood, and if necessary apply a model of ethical reasoning or problem solving
• Assess the role of your own values in responding to ethical situations

Joel Lefkowitz has had over 40 years experience as an I-O academic and practitioner.  He received the PhD in I-O psychology from Case Western Reserve University, is an ABPP Diplomate in I-O, and a Fellow of SIOP, APA, and APS.  He is professor emeritus of psychology at the Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he headed the doctoral program in I-O psychology since its inception in 1982.  His research interests have spanned the “I” side of the field (e.g., EEO issues in selection; validity of performance appraisals) as well as the “O” side (e.g., gender issues in assessing job attitudes; job attitudes of police officers).  In recent years his writings have focused on professional and ethical issues in I-O psychology, most notably, Ethics and Values in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, the only comprehensive text in the field.

Rob Silzer is managing director of HR Assessment and Development and has consulted with 150 organizations, focusing on leadership assessment and development, selection, coaching, talent management, and HR strategies.  After receiving his PhD in I-O and counseling psychology at the University of Minnesota, he was the senior director of Personnel Research at Fieldcrest-Cannon and president at Personnel Decisions-New York.  Rob is a Fellow in SIOP, APA, APS, and SCP.  He has taught PhD courses at the University of Minnesota, New York University, and Baruch College-CUNY, where he is on the doctoral faculty. 
Rob has written many articles and book chapters and edited several books, including Strategy-Driven Talent Management: A Leadership Imperative with Ben Dowell; The 21st Century Executive: Innovative Practices for Building Leadership at the Top and, Individual Psychological Assessment: Predicting Behavior in Organizational Settings with Dick Jeanneret.  He has served on the editorial boards of Personnel Psychology, Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, and The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist and has been president of the Metro New York for Applied Psychology.