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Professional Practices Series Editorial Board Committee Goals and Progress Report Form


Committee Chair Name: Allen I. Kraut

Date, June 1, 2008

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X Progress Report


Committee Members:


Professional Practice Series, 2008-2009 
         Adler, Seymour 
         Fogli, Lawrence 
         Kolmstetter, Elizabeth 
Editor Kraut, Allen I. 
         Lundby, Kyle 
         Lundquist, Kathleen 
         Macey, William 
         Rogelberg, Steven G. 
         Saari, Lise    



Committee’s Strategic Planning Goals: (Please highlight committee goals related to the advocacy of SIOP’s Strategic Planning Goals)


  1. Our primary goal over the next five years is to put out a stream of books, at the rate of about two per year, that attract a broad readership of practitioners drawn from I-O psychology practitioners, faculty and students, as well as a greatly increased number from HRM practitioners and policy–makers. Owing to the long lead times involved in producing a volume, the first book under the current Board is expected in late 2009. 

The emphases in these volumes will be to present well-researched and effective practices, based on the best science available, in an attempt to describe and influence future “best practices.”   We will increase our effort to be attractive and accessible to the broad audience of HR practitioners and to the policy-makers who utilize so much of I-O psychology. This includes cooperation and joint marketing with SHRM, the premier organization for HR professionals.  A measure of our success will be that each of our Volumes will sell 2,500 or more copies within three years of publication.


  1. Our second strategic goal is to ensure a broad international and global outlook in our Professional Practice Volumes. We expect to do this by having Volume Editors consciously attend to global concerns in their chapter choices and editing, and to include non-US authors as chapter contributors. We may start by asking for a minimum of 20% of authors in each Volume to be from out of the U.S. or have credible overseas experience.


Updates or Comments From Chair:


A.   I believe this strategy will support SIOP’s Vision To be recognized as the premier professional group committed to advancing the science and practice of the psychology of work, all of SIOP’s four goals named below. Specifically, the Series will help SIOP to be:


1. The Visible and trusted authority on work-related psychology, by producing Volumes that are current, professionally solid, and are articulate on the areas they cover.

2. An Advocate and champion of I-O psychology to policy makers through the choice of topics covered and clear writing, to show and explain how I-O Psychology can lead to greater effectiveness.

3. Organization of choice of I-O professionals because it is the major source of high quality ideas and practices that will help them.

4. Model of integrated scientist–practitioner effectiveness, since it will use writers who are both scientists and practioners, who will demonstrate how integration of their ideas ands experiences plays out in good practices that are guided and supported by science.


            B. It is important to note that four volumes are currently in the pipeline and will continue under the direction of the previous Editorial Board, headed by Allan Church and Janine Waclawski. The tentative titles and volume Editors are:


·        Talent Management by Rob Silzer and Ben Dowell,

·        Diversity and Inclusion by Bernardo Ferdman

·        Performance Management by Manny London and James Smither

·        Workplace Assessments by John Scott and Doug Reynolds.


C.     The present Board has already supported and stimulated proposals for two new Volumes, now being developed. When the proposals are fleshed out during the next two months, we will bring them to Jossey-Bass for a contract, etc.


·        The first is on Global Applications of I-O Psychology, examining changes in mindset and practice when American-based I-O deals with the global workforce. It is being developed by Kyle Lundby (a current member of the Editorial Board). and Scott Brooks.

·        The second has to do with Internet and remote assessment for selection, promotion and placement. It is being developed by Nancy Tippins and Seymour Adler (a current member of the Editorial Board).


D.     In order to select and encourage a suitable array of books in the following years, this Editorial Board is likely to require a day-long meeting this fall, to assess the areas where we can have a suitable impact, and lay out long-term plans. A proposal to do this will be submitted to the SIOP Executive Committee in August.


Respectfully submitted,


Allen I. Kraut, Series Editor