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Friday Seminar 2 – Bridging the Scientist-Practitioner Gap: Becoming Better-Informed Consumers of Research Findings

Friday, April 28, 2017
8:00am – 11:00am
Northern Hemisphere A2


Wayne Cascio, University of Colorado Denver
Sheldon Zedeck, University of California at Berkeley


Meghan Thornton-Lugo, University of Texas at San Antonio


To become a better-informed consumer of research findings, one must “master the basics” of statistics, research design and research methods. This seminar focuses on the latter two topics. The presenters will address issues such as sampling, causation, the ability to generalize findings, and key questions related to field, laboratory, and questionnaire research.

Full Description:

This seminar will focus on 8 topics of interest to I-O psychologists and HR professionals: 1) field vs. laboratory research - trade-offs and difficulties; (2) sampling – the role of sampling procedures, sample size, and qualifications of SMEs; (3) the roles of effect size, statistical significance, and ROI in interpreting research findings; (4) causation in social science research; (5) ruling out alternative explanations; (6) generalization – across levels of analysis, time, and across populations of interest; (7) methodological issues in survey research; and (8) the need to adopt multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary approaches to study problems of interest to I-O psychologists.

Intended Audience:

The session is intended for a general audience at a post-graduate level; no specific content knowledge is required.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe differences among research and sampling approaches (e.g., field versus laboratory, alternative sampling procedures and appropriate sample size, and use of subject matter experts).
  • Distinguish effect sizes from statistical significance tests and measures of ROI.
  • List the conditions necessary to conclude that A caused B and rule out alternative explanations.
  • Assess the ability to generalize research results across levels of analysis, over time, and over different populations.
  • Analyze alternative approaches to the reliability of surveys, methods to address non-response bias, and language-translation issues.
  • Use multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary approaches to study problems of interest to I-O psychologists.

Presenter Biographies:

Wayne F. Cascio is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Colorado, and he holds the Robert H. Reynolds Chair in Global Leadership at the University of Colorado Denver. He has served as president of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (1992-1993), Chair of the SHRM Foundation (2007), the HR Division of the Academy of Management (1984), and as a member of the Academy of Management’s Board of Governors (2003-2006). Currently he serves as an editor of the Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS). He has authored or edited 28 books on human resource management, including Managing Human Resources (10th ed., 2016), Short Introduction to Strategic Human Resource Management (with John Boudreau, 2012), Investing in People (with John Boudreau, 2nd ed., 2011), and Applied Psychology in Human Resource Management (with Herman Aguinis, 7th ed., 2011). He is a two-time winner of the best-paper award from the Academy of Management Executive for his research on downsizing.

In 2010 he received the Michael R. Losey Human Resources Research Award from the Society for Human Resource Management, and in 2013 he received the Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. From 2011-2013 he served as Chair of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group that is developing international HR standards, and he represented the United States to the International Organization for Standards. Currently he serves as Chair of the SHRM Certification Commission. He is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources, the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, and the Australian HR Institute. Dr. Cascio earned his B.A. degree from Holy Cross College, his M.A. degree from Emory University, and his Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Rochester.

Dr. Sheldon Zedeck is Professor Emeritus and Professor of the Graduate School, in the Department of Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley. He has been at Berkeley since 1969 when he completed his Ph.D. degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Bowling Green State University. He retired in December 2010 after serving almost 4 years as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Faculty Welfare.

Dr. Zedeck has co-written four books on various topics: Foundations of Behavioral Science Research in Organizations, Measurement Theory for the Behavioral Sciences, Performance Measurement and Theory, and Data Analysis for Research Designs. In addition, he edited a SIOP Frontiers series volume entitled Work, Family, and Organizations. Dr. Zedeck has served on the editorial boards of Journal of Applied Psychology (Editor, 2002-2008), Contemporary Psychology, and Industrial Relations. He also served as Editor and Associate Editor of Human Performance, as well as Associate Editor of Applied Psychology: An International Review and American Psychologist. He is the editor-in-chief for the 3-volume American Psychological Association (APA) Handbook of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (2011), as well as chief-editor for the APA Dictionary of Statistics and Research Methods (2014).

Dr. Zedeck has been on SIOP’s Educational and Training Committee; its Workshop Committee; a Member-at-Large; editor of the Society's newsletter, TIP; served on two ad hoc committees concerned with revising the Society's "Principles for the Validation and Use of Personnel Selection Procedures;" represented the Society on the APA Council of Representatives; and in 1986-87 was the President of the Society.

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