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Workshop 11

What's All the Buzz About? The Most Impactful I-O Research Developments of the Last Five Years

Presenters: Paul R. Sackett, The University of Minnesota; Nancy T. Tippins, CEB Valtera

Coordinator: Christina Norris-Watts, Macquarie Group Limited

Target Audience: Introductory; appropriate for all levels of experience

Abstract:

We focus on identifying recent research with implications for practice, using three approaches: a) find the most cited publications of the last five years, b) survey researchers and practitioners asking "what's the most important research in the last 5 years?", and c) present what strikes the presenters as important.

Detailed Description

The focus of the workshop is on sorting through the enormous amount of research published in the last five years with the goal of identifying findings important to the practice of psychology in organizations. We envision an I-O psychologist saying “For various reasons, I’ve tuned out for the last five years; what have I missed?”  We will identify important research for both researchers and practitioners, present a brief summary of each publication, and draw contrasts between the two lists, with the hope of generating questions and reactions from the workshop participants.
To gather material for the workshop, we will engage in three separate activities. First, we will identify the most cited research published in the last five years. We will scan roughly the top 100 most cited articles with an eye to implications for practice (citation-based). Second, we will identify a set of active researchers and practitioners, and ask them to identify what they see as the most influential recent research finding. By carefully selecting individuals working on a wide variety of topics, we hope to broadly sample different perspectives within the I-O field. Third, we will rely on our own experiences and nominate research that we judge as important.
We will then integrate and compare the results of these three activities. We anticipate that these comparisons will prove most interesting and raise a number of questions such as the following:

  • What overlap exists between these differing perspectives on what’s important?
  • In what areas of our field are there differences in the interests of researchers and practitioners and what they see as the most important research?
  • How can both researchers and practitioners stay informed of important developments across many areas of I-O psychology?
  • How can we create better alignment between research and practice?
  • Are there ways to better use research in organizations?
  • Are there better ways to inform researchers of practice needs?

This workshop is designed to help participants:

  • Identify a set of key recent research findings
  • Summarize important research findings over the last five years
  • Describe  commonalities and differences in  researcher, practitioner, and citation-based approaches to identifying important research
  • Discuss the potential applicability of research findings within organizations

Paul R. Sackett is the Beverly and Richard Fink Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at the Ohio State University in 1979. His research interests revolve around various aspects of testing and assessment in workplace, educational, and military settings. He has served as editor of two journals: Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice and Personnel Psychology. He has served as president of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), as co-chair of the committee producing the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, as a member of the National Research Council's Board on Testing and Assessment, as chair of APA's Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessments, and as chair of APA’s Board of Scientific Affairs.

Nancy T. Tippins is a Sr. Vice President of CEB Valtera Corporation where she manages the development and execution of selection and assessment strategies as well as job analysis, competency development, and leadership development programs. She oversees the teams that develop legally and professionally compliant test and assessment tools, administrative processes, and delivery platforms. She also conducts executive assessments and provides expert support in litigation.
Dr. Tippins has served as President of SIOP from 2000-2001, on the Ad Hoc Committee on the Revision of the Principles for the Validation and Use of Personnel Selection Procedures, currently serves on the Joint Committee to revise the Standards for Educational and Psychological Tests, and was one of the U.S. representatives on the ISO 9000 committee to establish international testing standards.

Dr. Tippins received her Master’s and Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She holds a M.Ed. in Counseling and Psychological Services from Georgia State University.