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IOP Journal Now Accepting Commentaries

1/18/2012-

by SIOP

Submission Deadline February 27!

Two focal articles have recently been accepted for Volume 5, Issue 3 of SIOP’s journal, Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice. They are now available for comment on the SIOP Web site.

The deadline for commentary submissions is February 27, 2012.

The first focal article for this issue is by Bernardo M. Ferdman and Lilach Sagiv and is titled “Diversity in Organizations and Cross-Cultural Work Psychology: What If They Were More Connected?” In this article the authors discuss how the fields of diversity in organizations and cross-cultural work psychology can benefit from greater attention to and integration with each other as well as more clarity regarding the distinctions between them. The authors first present—each in their own voice and from their own individual perspective—past and current issues in the two respective areas. They then jointly identify and discuss key areas of commonality and difference between diversity and cross-cultural work psychology in theory, research, and practice. Subsequently, they point to ways the two fields might learn and benefit from each other’s approaches and perspectives. The authors consider issues such as the interplay between culture and diversity, the dual impact of individuals on groups and vice versa, and the role of identity as an organizing principle in group diversity. Overall, the paper provides illustrative examples of the benefits of more exchange and dialogue between the fields.

The second focal article is by D. Scott DeRue, Susan J. Ashford, and Christopher G. Myers and is titled “Learning Agility: In Search of Conceptual Clarity and Theoretical Grounding.” As organizations become more complex and dynamic, individuals’ ability to learn from experience becomes more important. Recently, the concept of learning agility has attracted considerable attention from human resource professionals and consultants interested in selecting on and developing employees' ability to learn from experience. However, the academic community has been largely absent from this discussion of learning agility, and the concept remains ill-defined and poorly measured. This paper presents a constructive critique of the existing literature on learning agility, seeks to clarify the definition and conceptualization of the construct, and situates learning agility within a broader nomological network of related constructs. The authors conclude by discussing several important directions for future research on learning agility.

Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice takes a focal article–peer commentary–response format, and commentaries are peer reviewed. We invite interested SIOP members to submit a commentary on either of these articles for consideration for publication. We hope to receive commentaries from a broad range of perspectives, including the science and practice communities, and U.S. and international perspectives.

The focal articles can be downloaded by clicking on the Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice link in the publications dropdown menu of the SIOP Web site, www.siop.org. The journal page also contains details on the process of preparing and submitting a commentary. Please contact Editor Cindy McCauley at mccauley@ccl.org with any questions about the commentary process.

We look forward to your submissions!