The I-O Leap: Transitioning into – and Succeeding in – Business
Presenters: Richard A. Guzzo, Mercer, Alexis Fink, Intel Corporation
Coordinator: LeAnne Bennett, JPMorgan
Target Audience: Individuals with primarily academic (recent graduates and faculty) or research organization experience who are early in a transition to a business environment, or who are looking to transition to a business environment, or anyone interested in contributing as an I-O in business. Special attention is given to working as an internal (employee) and external (contractor) consultant.
The workshop will examine the unique contributions that I-O psychologists can make in applied environments and explore the important business skills that are frequently neglected in I-O graduate education and in I-O academic work but are necessary for success in business environments.
Although I-O psychology is explicitly a scientist-practitioner field, transitioning between science and practice can be a challenge. The depth of expertise gained in our academic training is highly valued in applied environment; however, new graduates, junior practitioners, and experienced academics sometimes find that their experience has lacked exposure to key business skills that help expert professionals gain influence and impact with their non-I-O colleagues and clients.
In this workshop, we will draw upon resent research and decades of professional experience to explore the unique contribution that expertise in I-O psychology can bring to an organization, and how new consultants can expand and adapt their professional work styles, including analyzing, writing and presenting, to be effective and influential in applied environments.
This workshop is designed to help participants:
- Capitalize on the unique contributions that I-O psychologists can make in applied environments
- Identify key business-relevant skills for I-O psychologists
- Establish realistic expectations about the nature of business environments vis-à-vis I-O
- Evaluate pros and cons of ways of contributing in a business career
Richard A. Guzzo is a Partner with Mercer. He works with clients to enhance their successful management of human capital across a broad of range of issues. Rick also has R&D responsibilities and co-leads Mercer’s Workforce Sciences Institute. He has published dozens of professional papers and four books, including Play to Your Strengths – Managing Your Internal Labor Markets for Lasting Competitive Advantage (McGraw-Hill, 2004), and his research and publications have won several awards. Prior to joining Mercer in 1997, Rick was a Professor of Psychology and Management at the University of Maryland. He previously served on the faculties of New York University and McGill University (Canada). Rick earned a BS degree at The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. from Yale University in Administrative Sciences.
Alexis A. Fink, Ph.D., is Principal Organizational Consultant at Intel Corporation, leading OD consulting engagements across Intel businesses. From 2005 – 2012, she was at Microsoft, most recently as Director, Talent Management Infrastructure, working on the foundations of talent processes and building compelling analytics to drive talent decisions. Previously at Microsoft, she was been responsible for curriculum development and delivery, measurement and assessments, building a change management framework, competency strategy, and employee research, including the employee engagement, culture, and employee value proposition. Prior to Microsoft, Alexis spent 8 years at BASF, leading through acquisition integrations, driving curriculum design, and leading large-scale organizational change initiatives. Alexis received her Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from Old Dominion University in 2000. In addition to her industry experience, Alexis’ academic talents led her to conduct research for the US Navy and NASA, and to teach at the doctoral level.