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Program Committee Goals and Progress Report Form

Committee Chair Name: Sara P. Weiner

Date: August 28, 2009

x Goals Report
x Progress Report
Committee Members:

Sara P. Weiner, Program Chair
John C. Scott, Past Program Chair
Mariangela Battista, Program Chair-in-training
Eden King, Call/Flanagan Committee Chair
Linda Shanock, COI/IP Committee Chair
Scott Mondore, Master Collaboration Chair
Julie Holliday Wayne
Marisa Adelman
Chu-Hsiang (Daisy) Chang, Friday Seminar Chair
C. Shawn Burke, Thursday Theme Track Chair
Nancy DeLay
Kenneth G. Brown
Timothy Golden
Gerald (Jay) Goodwin
Kara L. Orvis
Mariangela Battista, Saturday Theme Track Chair
Corinne Donovan
Anne Herman
Rick Pollak
Paula Schlesinger
Harold Goldstein

Program Goals and Progress to Date:

1.  Preparation for ’09 SIOP program
  • Program Call revised and distributed to SIOP membership
  • Program web site revised and readied for submissions
  • FAQs revised and listed on site 
  • Call for Reviewers emailed to SIOP membership
  • Reviewer Reminder emailed August 20
  • Emergency reviewer requests made to personal contacts - list growing
  • Reviewer Guidelines revised
  • Information requested from all Award Winners and standard invited sessions
  • Discussions with Julie regarding closing plenary and other speakers
  • Executive Board block invitations coordinated with Suzanne
  • TIP article submitted describing program highlights in New Orleans
2. Program Subcommittee Activities
  • Call for Proposals/Flanagan Award subcommittee- revised call for proposals and prepared procedures for selecting The John C. Flanagan Award for Best Student Presentation this year.
  • COI/IP subcommittee – Facilitators for many topics secured; others being sought. One topic will be held open for an emerging topic until end of December. Back up topics are also being considered in the event that facilitators cannot be identified for the 11 chosen topics. 

Diversity and inclusion
Current issues in personality testing (e.g., faking)
Teaching Leadership (or some other teaching COI)
How to link I-O psychological principles to the way managers actually make decisions
Virtual Teams
Technology in the workplace/Advanced Technologies for Assessment
Multi-generational issues in organizations
P-E/P-O/P-J Fit
Bridging the Science-Practice Gap
Issues in Multilevel Research
Executive Assessment
Back up topics 
New Ideas in Team Development
Executive Coaching
Assessment Centers
Is content validation really validation?
Work Family Interface
Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Friday Seminars subcommittee- finalized topics and speakers:
    1. “Proactive Behavior at Work: Applying Positive Psychology to Organizations”
Speakers: Sharon Parker, Johannes Rank
    1. “When Begging is Not Enough: Detecting and Dealing with Nonresponse Bias to Organizational Surveys”
Speakers: Steve Rogelberg, Jeff Stanton
    1. “At Odds Over Adverse Impact: Perils and Pitfalls in Statistical Reasoning Involving Discrimination”
Speakers: Dennis Doverspike, David Snyder, Scott Morris
    1. “Self-Regulation in Work: The Why, Where, and How of Motivation”
Speakers: Ruth Kanfer, Gilad Chen
 Currently finalizing the title, abstract, and learning goals for each seminar.
  • Theme Track Subcommittees – Abstract written for Thursday; Saturday has line up of topics and speakers nearly finalized.


Vast economic and demographic changes continue to force organizations to rethink policies regarding where individuals work and how they work together.  Recent surveys have indicated that nearly two-thirds of U.S.employees have engaged in virtual work (Modalis Research Technologies, 2001).  While the use of a virtually connected workforce may have organizational benefits (e.g., the search for talent is not limited by location, reduced travel costs, potential for a 24 hour workforce) it also poses challenges (e.g., miscommunication, failure to develop meaningful relationships).  Many questions remain regarding how to maximize effectiveness within this context.  For example, what is the impact of virtually connected work across different levels of analysis (individual, team, organization)?  How are current trends in virtual work, such as telecommuting and social networking impacting organizational practices?  What does virtuality mean in terms of selection, performance appraisal, and feedback mechanisms?  What are the mechanisms by which team process and leadership are maximized in a virtual team?  What are the critical enablers of effective performance when teams are a mix of co-located and virtually connected members?  How can new technologies (e.g., social networking sites, YOUtube, WIKIS, blogs, etc...) be used to best promote online education, knowledge dissemination, training, and socialization?  This theme track will represent a mix of academic and practitioner views and explore practical challenges, recent scientific advances and best practices associated with virtually connected work, and identify areas where future research is needed.


Economic turmoil in the later part of this decade has created a set of crises, unprecedented after an era of growth and prosperity.  As a consequence, the nature of work and organizations, as we have known them, has changed.   How is the world of work changing?  How can I-O Psychology reengineer itself to offer guidance and drive the agenda for new global growth and revitalization?  The theme track sessions will include a look at future trends, the changing employment relationship, a new perspective on people analytics, personal growth and renewal for I-O psychologists in this time of change and new ideas in leadership and innovation. 

  • Master Collaboration subcommittee- In an effort to underscore the importance of the interaction between science and practice, this subcommittee has assembled two leading researchers and two leading practitioners for two topics to be covered in one 80 minute session (last year was inaugural year and one pair was chosen for the collaboration):
    • Topic: Collaborating to Drive Safety Improvements at a Fortune 500
Craig Wallace, Associate Professor, Oklahoma State
Shane Douthitt, Managing Partner, SMD, LLC
    • Topic: Collaborating to Drive Executive Development
Bart Craig, Professor, North Carolina State
Adam Ortiz, Managing Partner, Executive Leadership Consulting
  • Invited Speakers: So far ONE speaker will be invited by the Program Chair for a slot on Friday: Arnold Bakker, President of EAWOP, to further the SIOP/EAWOP collaboration. 
    • Arnold will present a talk entitled:"Engaged employees create their own great place to work." 
  • Invited Sessions (other than usual awards, etc. sessions) scheduled by the Program Chair: a Fishbowl exercise on the Science – Practice Gap in I-O Psychology (I’ve requested the historical aspect of this ongoing debate be included to align with the 25th anniversary of SIOP). Chair Rob Silzer.
    • Researcher group - Ed Salas, Jim Farr, Milt Hakel (tentative)
    • Practitioner group - Dick Jeanneret, Lise Saari, Rob Silzer.  
3.      Working with past chair and Administrative Office to prepare for the Sep 30/Oct 1 reviewer assignment meeting to be held at past chair John Scott’s APT office in Darien, CT.
4.      Planning in progress for Nov. 18/19 program scheduling meeting in Tucson, Arizona (home base for current Program Chair).
5. Continuing to add to/edit the Program Chair documentation built by 4 previous program chairs (Julie, Tammy, Steven, and John).


â—‹  Saturday Theme: Reengineering I-O Psychology for the Changing World of Work

â—‹  Thursday Theme: Exploring the Potential and Pitfalls of Virtually Connected Work