SIOP NewsBrief


Thursday, March 20, 2008

Headlines: (click a headline to go directly to the story)  

2008 SIOP Conference Nears – Schedule
Now Available!

The 23rd Annual SIOP Conference is just around the corner. Get excited to visit a great city – home of the Golden Gate Bridge – and experience an eventful program that, for the first time ever, is taking on a 3-day format!

Held April 10–12 at the Hilton San Francisco, you will be located just two blocks from Union Square and walking distance to fabulous dining, shopping, and theater.  Plus there is easy access to cable cars near the hotel.

If you have yet to register, you can do so now by clicking here.

And for those who have already registered, be sure to read the rest of this special edition conference newsletter to learn more about some of the events and features offered this year.

The conference schedule is now available. Programs were recently mailed to everyone who signed up by the early registration date of February 29. As an early registrant, if you have not already received it, expect your copy via mail shortly.

For those who signed up after the early registration date, you will get your copy upon arrival at the conference. However, if you do not want wait, programs can be purchased online by clicking here.

Also, an electronic version of the program is available by clicking here.

For more information about the conference in general, please visit the 2008 SIOP conference Web page.

back to top   

Top Poster Session Returns! 

Back by popular demand, there will be a Top Poster session featuring the best 20 posters for this year’s conference.

This session is part of the Thursday evening reception held in the Continental Ballroom. The top posters will be viewable from 6–6:50 p.m., but the reception will continue until 8 p.m. 

All conference attendees are invited to attend the reception. Come enjoy appetizers and a full cash bar while observing some of the hottest research topics of I–O psychology. The poster display offers a great opportunity for socializing and networking.

The top poster titles include the following:

  • The Impact of Protégé Choice on Mentoring Processes
  • S. Rains Wallace Winner: Integrating Personality, Climate, Regulatory Focus, and Safety and Production Performance
  • Abusive Reactions to Conflict: Implications for Subordinates of Frustrated Managers
  • Effects of Conscientiousness and Agreeableness on Employee Reactions to Constraints
  • Mood and Pooling Unshared Information in Group
    Decision Making
  • Information Sharing and Group Effectiveness:
    A Meta-Analysis
  • Do Applicants With an Arab-Sounding Name Suffer More
    Hiring Discrimination?
  • Performance and Director Pay: Evidence That Only Men
    Receive Carrots
  • Telecommuting and Organizational Attitudes and Outcomes: A Meta-Analysis
  • The Job Characteristics of Knowledge-Work: A Theoretical and Empirical Examination
  • Changes in Job Satisfaction: A Longitudinal Study of
    Organizational Newcomers
  • The Effect of Ability Homophily on Individual Performance
  • Formal and Emergent Leaders’ Cognitive Accuracy in Social Networks
  • Predictive Utility of Peer- Versus Direct Report-Ratings of
    Derailment Tendencies
  • Power and Leader Self-Serving Behavior: Does Elevated Power Corrupt?
  • Work–Family Conflict’s Relationship With Workplace Cognitive Failure and Safety
  • The Effects of Group-Level Leader–Member Exchange on Interactional Justice Perceptions
  • Effects of Subordinates’ Cultural Value Orientations on
    Feedback Ratings
  • Exploring How Response Distortion of Personality Measures Affects Individuals
  • Indirect Range Restriction: Recalibrating the Validities of GMA and Personality

back to top

LGBT Reception Features Its First–Ever
Silent Auction

On Friday, April 11 there will be a reception hosted by SIOP’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Committee and allies.

All conference attendees are invited to attend this event, held from 6–8 p.m. in the Yosemite A room.

The reception will feature the first–ever silent auction benefiting the SIOP LGBT Research Award. At the event you can enter a raffle or bid on a range of items including: 

  • Computer software
  • A two-night hotel package
  • SIOP apparel
  • Books by (and/or breakfast with) leading I–O psychologists
  • A leadership coaching session
  • A San Francisco spa day

Also, there will be appetizers and a full cash bar at the reception.

Please contact Eden King with any questions about the LGBT Committee or event.

back to top


Don’t Miss the Closing California Wine
Tasting Reception
This year’s closing reception for SIOP will be an exciting wine tasting event, and all conference attendees are invited to join in the festivities.


The Closing California Wine Tasting Reception will be Saturday, April 12, from 6–7:30 p.m. in the Yosemite room.
There will be different wine stations set up, each offering samples from various California vineyards. At the event, wine passports will be available for $10. Each passport will include five wine tastings, allowing you try an assortment of wines.
But sampling is just the beginning; if you find a wine you like, shipping bottles home is an option, depending on your state’s regulations.
In addition, there will be appetizers, a full cash bar, great Californian, wine–related décor, and an entertaining jazz trio.
back to top  

Dunnette and Smith Memorials Scheduled

There will be two memorial services at this year’s conference.

On Thursday, April 10, a memorial to honor Marvin Dunnette will be held from 6–7 p.m., and on Friday, April 11, also from 6–7 p.m., a memorial service in remembrance of Patricia Cain Smith is scheduled. For both Thursday and Friday, the events will be held in the Yosemite A room.

Milt Hakel is coordinating the Dunnette memorial, and Bill Balzer will lead the Smith memorial. Colleagues, former students, and friends are invited to come and share their condolences. We hope you can join us as we remember these well-respected and greatly missed leaders of the I–O field.

The SIOP Foundation is compiling a memorial book for each individual. Dunnette’s book will be presented to wife Leaetta Hough, and Smith’s book will be presented to the Bowling Green State University Department of Psychology, which was her “family” for the past 40 years.

Those who knew Dunnette and Smith are encouraged to submit letters to be included in the memorial books. The Foundation is currently collecting these messages. To share your condolences, thoughts, and/or special memories, you may send a message via e-mail, to, or mail, to the SIOP Administrative Office at 440 East Poe Road, Suite 101, Bowling Green, OH 43402.

If you prefer, you may al s o take the opportunity to contribute a message for the memorial books while at the conference. Paper and pens will be available at each of the memorial services and at the SIOP Foundation booth in the exhibit hall located in Grand Ballroom B.

Introducing the SIOP Conference Theme Tracks
In the past there have been themes at the SIOP Conference, but they have never been the magnitude of this year’s Theme Tracks – being like a conference within a conference.
There will be two Theme Tracks, each having six sessions. This new feature allows for a deep dive into critical topics that affect a broad range of SIOP members. Appealing to both academics and practitioners, each track will offer a full day of coherent programming composed of presentations, symposia, interactive poster sessions, and an invited debate.
The first track, entitled Individual–Organizational Health, is Thursday, April 10 from 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. in Grand Ballroom A. This track will focus on cutting-edge research and practice aimed at optimizing well-being for organizations and employees.
In addition to an opening address, session topics for the Thursday
track include:
  • Consequences of Mergers, Acquisitions, and Downsizing
  • Leading for Health
  • Selecting for Health and Safety
  • Integrating Health Into Work-Nonwork Research
    and Practice
  • Tales of Academic–Practitioner Collaboration in Occupational Safety
The second track, entitled Preparing For the Future:  A Critical and Constructive Look at I–O Education, is Saturday, April 12 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in Grand Ballroom A. This track includes stimulating sessions of dialogue on what it will take to meet emerging stakeholder needs, bring curricular innovation to life, and strengthen the connection between education and practice.
In addition to an opening address, session topics for the Saturday
track include:
  • The Great Debate: The State of I–O Training
  • How Well is I–O Education Meeting Stakeholder Needs?
  • Science and Practice Innovations in I–O Teaching/Curricula
  • Are We Connecting Education to Practice Effectively?
  • Theme Track Integration and Open Forum
As an extra bonus, continuing education credits will be offered for the Saturday Theme Track. You are eligible to earn seven CE credits, but all six sessions must be attended. Please note that these credits are only available for the Saturday track, not the Thursday track.
For additional information about the theme tracks, click here.
When deciding what sessions to attend, save room in your schedule for the Theme Tracks!



SIOP © Copyright 2007 SIOP, INC.


Conference Quick Links:

Register for the Conference

View Electronic Conference Program

Make Hotel Reservations

Check Out Area Restaurant Recommendations