Another Great Year for I-O at APS!
The Association for Psychological Science held its 21st Annual Convention May 22-25 in lovely San Fransisco, and, as is the tradition, Industrial-Organizational Psychology was well represented by the best and brightest scholars and most cutting edge research to date.
In addition to nearly 200 I-O poster presentations, there were a number of I-O symposia and invited addresses. Larry James, James LeBreton, and their colleagues offered a symposium on the assessment of personality via conditional reasoning. Deidra Schleicher chaired a symposium on the psychological science behind leadership, featuring presentations by Bruce Avolio, David Day, and Fred Morgeson.
Dan Beal chaired a symposium on experiencing, expressing, and responding to emotion at work. In this symposium Hillary Elfenbein spoke on accuracy in expressing and perceiving nonverbal cues; Joyce Bono spoke on the role of emotions on leadership; Gerben Van Kleef spoke on how power diminishes empathic emotional responses to the suffering of others and reduces
behavioral responsiveness to emotional expression during conflict; and John Trougakos spoke on the social role of emotions in interpersonal workplace interactions. This symposium was tied to an APS theme program on experiencing, self-regulating, and capitalizing on affect, which included invited addresses by emotions researchers from all of the subdisciplines of psychology. Included in this program was Stéphane Côté, who spoke on emotion regulation abilities and career success, as well as Alicia Grandey, who presented on how the changing work context (management practices, technology, diversity) impacts emotional labor. Other speakers in this theme program included Nalini Ambady, Jennifer Beer, Fredda Blanchard-Fields, and Ann Kring.
The I-O program at APS was rounded out by two invited addresses. The first was by Russell Cropanzano, who provided an in-depth analysis of the relationship between emotional well-being and job performance. The second was by Howard Weiss, who concluded our program with a challenge to the field. In this address, Weiss argued that research on affective states can be a starting point for a more person-centric examination of work life—one that rejects the objectification of people and components of organizational systems in favor of a full appreciation of the psychology of human work experience.
The "I-O-APS experience" concluded with a SIOP-sponsored reception for the SIOP members in attendance. It was a wonderful time to debrief and connect. During our time together, an overwhelming consensus was reached that APS offers a great opportunity to a) present ones research and b) hear from invited speakers about the most current and sophisticated research going on not only in I-O, but also the other sub-disciplines of Psychology. APS represents psychological science at its best and we encourage you submit and attend APS next year. The APS 22nd annual convention will be held in Boston, May 27-30, 2010. Please mark this on your calendar and be on the lookout for the call for submissions. For more information, see the APS Web site at: http://www.psychologicalscience.org/
— Deborah E. Rupp and Deidra Schleicher