October 2011

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Last Chance to Register for SIOP's 2011 LEC!

Time is running out to register for SIOP’s 7th Annual Leading Edge Consortium (LEC)!

“The Virtual Workforce: Designing, Leading, and Optimizing” will bring together thought leaders from academia and practice October 14-15, 2011 at the historic Seelbach Hilton in Louisville, Kentucky in a day-and-a-half event focusing on the exciting topic of the virtual workforce.

This year’s LEC will cover a wide range of issues, including presentations on social business, people analytics, virtual collaboration, unified talent management, managing global teams virtually, telecommuting, technology for an aging workforce, enterprise 2.0, advancements in training, and best practices in developing and implementing technology–enhanced assessment. Courtney Hunt (founder of the Social Media in Organizations [SMinOrgs] Community) and Wayne Cascio (University of Colorado Denver) will serve as keynote speakers.

To register, please visit the SIOP LEC page.

For the latest information, including an agenda, speaker list, presentation abstracts, CE information, and bios, visit the Leading Edge Consortium page at www.siop.org/lec.

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Join the Virtual Dialogue Oct. 4 with Courtney Hunt

The SIOP Electronic Communications Committee will be hosting an online special guest on the Exchange blog Tuesday, October 4. SIOP's 2011 Leading Edge Consortium opening keynote speaker Courtney Hunt will be online all day to answer questions and respond to comments posted in response to her blog post regarding the virtual workforce. Anyone interested in the topic of virtual work is invited to read the post and leave comments or questions for Hunt.

Courtney Hunt, PhD is the Principal of Renaissance Strategic Solutions (RSS), a consultancy that helps organizations increase their effectiveness through the design and implementation of innovative and leading-edge strategies and programs. More about Hunt can be found here. Some of the topics she is hoping to discuss with readers include: 

  • What are the primary implications of new digital technologies on the notions of work and workplaces?
  • What are some of the specific ways in which new digital technologies can be applied to improve work efficiency and/or effectiveness at individual, group/team, and organizational levels?
  • What are some of the specific challenges that new digital technologies present in the context of work?
  • What are some of the key topics and questions I-O psychologists in both academic and practitioner settings should explore?
  • If you’ve conducted recent research on virtual work, what did you study? What were your findings and implications?

Join the discussion Tuesday, October 4!

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SIOP Committee Seeks Bloggers 

Are you a SIOP member with an interesting take on research or application of I-O Psychology? The SIOP Exchange is in need of new conversation starters!

The Electronic Communications Committee is looking for bloggers of all varieties to add to the content of SIOP’s official I-O blog. You don’t need to be a seasoned blogger; you just need to have something to say and the time to contribute on a regular basis—daily, weekly, monthly—that suits your commitment level. The committee is looking for bloggers in the following topic areas: 

  • Assessment/Selection
  • Groups/Teams
  • HRM Activities
  • Leadership Development/Careers
  • Legal Issues
  • Measurement/Methods
  • Motivation/Attitude
  • Organization Development
  • Training
  • Worker Well-Being
  • Other topics and perspectives of interest to you!

If you are interested in becoming an Exchange blogger, send an email to Stephany Schings Below at sbelow@siop.org with a short description of the topic you would like to write about and how often you would be able to write. For more information about contributor guidelines, view the Exchange post policy here

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New Organizational Frontiers Book Published 

Even if they can’t define it, most employees know when they see nepotism negatively affecting their organization. But nepotism might not be as simple as those descriptions, explains SIOP Member Robert G. Jones, editor of Nepotism in Organizations (Routledge Academic), the newest addition to SIOP’s Organizational Frontiers series.

Nepotism in Organizations seeks to fill the void in research by defining nepotism through the lens of human behaviors and psychological characteristics in 293 pages. The book examines traditional themes in human resource management (legal issues, decision making and managerial roles, career and job choice, values and commitment, conflict) through the lens of family relationships in organizations. (View the table of contents here!) 
Nepotism in Organizations is now available in the SIOP Store!
(SIOP Members receive a 20% discount,
so make sure you log in before buying!)

APA Presidential Elections Now Open
APA members nominated five candidates to appear on the 2012 president-elect ballot. The final ballot was sent to members September 15, 2011. Members who have an email address on file with APA were only sent the ballot by email. Those members who do not have an email address will be sent a paper ballot and will have the option to vote online or by mail.

The SIOP External Relations Committee and Executive Board encourage participation in the APA governance process as an important strategy for influencing what happens within APA and APA’s role in representing psychology to the public and policy-makers. To assist potential voters, you can learn more about the candidates on the SIOP website.

Find out more about the presidential candidates here!

APA 2012 Convention Call for Submissions

Calling all SIOP members! It is time to start thinking about the 2012 APA Convention to be held in sunny Orlando, Florida from Thursday, August 2 through Sunday, August 5! Take advantage of this opportunity to share your work in a 50-minute symposium, poster, or paper.

As you may recall from your SIOP 2012 Annual Conference submissions, SIOP enables members to choose whether they would like any SIOP submission not accepted for the SIOP conference to be considered for presentation at APA. If you selected that option and your submission is accepted for presentation, APA will be getting in touch with you in December (after the SIOP conference submission decisions are finalized). You do not need to resubmit your proposal again to APA.

If you did not submit anything to APA during the SIOP submission process, simply submit a proposal directly to APA! The complete Call for Proposals is available here. All submissions (except those initially considered for the SIOP conference) must be received online via the APA website by December 1.

Questions may be directed to: Karin Orvis, Division 14 Program Chair, U.S. Army Research Institute; karin.orvis@gmail.com.

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Announcements (click a link for more information) 

LEC Registration  

Journal of Organizational Behavior Special Issue Call for Papers: Due October 15

Journal for Personnel Psychology Special Issue Call for Papers: Due October 31

SIOP Fellows Nominations Due Nov. 1