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Friday Seminar 4: Learning How to Use Unobtrusive Data Sources in Organizations

Friday, April 20, 2018
11:30am – 2:30pm
Ontario Room

Presenter:

Andrew Knight, Washington University in St. Louis

Coordinator:

Meghan Thornton-Lugo, University of Texas at San Antonio

Abstract:

Innovative unobtrusive methods—such as digital trace data and wearable technology—hold great promise for researchers and practitioners seeking to understand workplace behavior. This session provides an application-focused introduction to these methods, to identify opportunities and learn a process for implementing new unobtrusive methods at work. 

Full Description:

Innovative unobtrusive methods—such as digital trace data and wearable technology—hold great promise for researchers, I-O psychologists, and HR practitioners seeking to understand human experiences in the workplace. This session provides an application-focused introduction to new unobtrusive methods. Participants will learn five broad classes of new unobtrusive methods, see specific examples of how businesses and researchers are using these methods to understand the workplace, and wrestle with the ethical challenges of using this powerful suite of new methods. Most important, participants will identify opportunities and learn a process to follow for implementing new unobtrusive methods in their own work.

Intended Audience:

This session is intended for a general audience at a post-graduate level. Although no specific content knowledge is required, attendees would benefit from experience using data to understand the workforce, either in an applied or academic context.

Learning Objectives:

  • List five broad classes of new unobtrusive methods relevant for I-O psychologists and HR practitioners and researchers seeking to understand human experiences in the workplace
  • Explain why now is such a propitious time for using new unobtrusive methods to understand the workplace
  • Identify and critique key ethical tensions in using new unobtrusive methods in the workplace
  • Describe commercial and non-commercial resources for using new unobtrusive methods in the workplace for research
  • Analyze and delineate a process for beginning to use new unobtrusive methods at work

Presenter Biography:

Andrew Knight is Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior in the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, where he is also a Faculty Scholar in the Institute for Public Health and a Faculty Fellow in the Institute for School Partnership. He studies the interpersonal dynamics of groups and teams, with a focus on affect and relationships within healthcare and entrepreneurship. In the classroom, Knight is an award-winning teacher, currently offering courses on informal leadership for MBA and executive audiences and on organizational research methods for doctoral students. Knight uses new unobtrusive methods—specifically, wearable sensors—in both his research and his teaching. He has published on this topic and organized developmental workshops to help researchers and practitioners navigate the challenges of using new unobtrusive methods in their own work. Prior to joining the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis, Knight led research and product development at Pascal Metrics Inc. – a Washington DC based risk analytics provider in the healthcare industry – from its founding through 2010. He received his B.A. (summa cum laude) in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Dayton, OH; his M.A. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park; and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Managerial Science and Applied Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Coordinator: Meghan Thornton-Lugo, University of Texas at San Antonio

 


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