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Global I-O: Developing an International Curriculum


Richard L. Griffith, Florida Institute of Technology; José María Peiró, University of Valencia; and Lori Foster Thompson, North Carolina State University
This seminar will focus on the strategic expansion of I-O training curriculum to reflect the future landscape of globalization. Specifically, the presenters will discuss the balance of design and content for “internationalizing” I-O training, the intended impact for programs and their graduates, as well as appropriate strategies for applying these considerations to participants’ specific I-O program situations.
The forces of globalization have continued to expand at a dizzying rate, making international business routine. However, Industrial Organizational Psychology has been slow to adopt an international perspective. Erez (2011) lamented this lack of global focus and suggested that it “limited our understanding of why motivational approaches and managerial practices are not always smoothly transferred across cultures.” While many factors may contribute to this slow growth, one possible influence is the lack of systematic cross cultural training and global perspective in the curriculum of leading I/O psychology training institutions. If I-O psychology is to remain relevant and contribute to the success of modern business, we must adopt and integrate a broad global perspective and formally train our students in the complexities of international management. This workshop will focus on the internationalization of a training curriculum and will address topics such as: the scope of subject matter and content, learning objectives and outcomes, global competencies, co-curricular activities, and experiential learning. During the workshop participants will have the opportunity to weigh various internationalization designs, and discuss the pros and cons with their peers.
Learning Objectives:
  • Analyze the benefits and drawbacks of available options to include when considering the internationalization of a curriculum.
  • Describe best practices for developing an expatriation plan for students studying abroad.
  • Evaluate different levels of international commitment based on available resources and competency models.
  • Identify relevant components of international curriculum to their specific program situation.


 Richard L. Griffith is a Professor in the Industrial Organizational Psychology program and the Director of The Institute for Cross Cultural Management at the Florida Institute of Technology. He is the Chair of the International I-O Ph.D. program at Florida Tech, offering the first International I-O academic concentration in the United States. He received his doctoral degree in I-O Psychology from The University of Akron in 1997. He is the author of over 75 publications and presentations in the area of selection and is the editor of the books The Age of Internationalization: Developing an International Organizational Psychology Curriculum, and A Closer Examination of Applicant Faking Behavior. He recently served as an associate editor of Human Performance, and edited the recent special edition, Uncovering the Nature of Applicant Faking Behavior: A Presentation of Theoretical Perspectives. Dr. Griffith is a member of the International Association of Applied Psychologists, the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology, the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences, and the Society of Industrial Organizational Psychology. His work has been featured in Time magazine and The Wall Street Journal.

José María Peiró is currently Professor of Work and Organizational (W&O) Psychology of the University of Valencia, Spain. He is director of the Research Institute of Human Resources Psychology, Org. Development and Quality of Working life (IDOCAL). He is also senior researcher at the IVIE (Instituto Valenciano DE Investigaciones Económicas). Dr. Peiró is president-elect of International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP). He served as president of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP) and is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology (EAOHP). He is the coordinator of the Erasmus Mundus Master Program of Work, Organization and Personnel Psychology taught by a consortium of five Universities: Barcelona, Bologna, Coimbra, Paris and Valencia. He has been a member of the Europsy project. He was the former associate editor of the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology.
Lori Foster Thompson is an associate professor of Psychology at North Carolina State University. Her area of specialization lies at the intersection of I-O psychology and technology, with a notable proportion of her work dealing with global issues, such as the application of technology and I-O to humanitarian work within and outside of developing countries. She currently leads a task force on Humanitarian Work Psychology for the International Association of Applied Psychology, Division 1. She is also a member of the Society for I-O Psychology’s (SIOP’s) Executive Board where she oversees three committees, including International Affairs. Lori has taught graduate I-O courses domestically and abroad and has traveled to various countries including Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Spain, Italy, France, England, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, and Mexico. She is founder and editor of the “Spotlight on Global I-O” column for SIOP’s quarterly publication, TIP.
Coordinator:  Ted B. Kinney, Select International