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2014 Conference on Commitment
Commitment in Organizational Contexts
November 14-15, 2014 Columbus, OH, USA

This conference brings together scholars interested in the phenomenon of commitment to share and discuss ideas and findings relating to the conference theme of "Commitment in Organizational Contexts." The purpose is to advance the literature by promoting leading-edge thinking on all aspects and forms of commitment in organizational contexts regardless of bases, mindsets or targets.

The conference will be a mix of invited (30%) and peer reviewed (70%) presentations. There will be a single track of presentations of a variety of lengths and formats. The small size promotes opportunities for informal interaction and dialogue among attendees to facilitate networking, collaboration, the sharing of ideas, and in-depth discussions. A special issue of Journal of Organizational Behavior will be developed from the best presentations and ideas.
Individuals interested in participating on the conference program need to submit an abstract for consideration. Deadline for submissions is March 15, 2014. Submitted proposals may be for single paper presentation but other formats (e.g., debates, panel discussions, round table discussions, symposia of related papers) are welcome and encouraged. Submissions may address any aspect of commitment in organizational contexts with a preference given to those with the greatest potential to advance the commitment literature by providing new insights, perspectives, or methodologies. Examples of desired submissions include but are not limited to those that (a) examine conflicts and interplay among commitments to multiple targets, (b) explore temporal issues in the development, maintenance, and loss of commitment, (c) help differentiate commitment from related psychological states and other types of workplace bonds, or (d) examine new or underresearched commitment targets.

For more information and detailed submission instructions, visit the conference web site (http://fisher.osu.edu/~klein_12/Commitment.htm) or contact the conference organizer, Howard J. Klein, at klein_12@fisher.osu.edu.

Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award
2013 Call for Papers

The International Leadership Association (ILA) and the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) cosponsor the annual Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award to recognize outstanding unpublished papers by undergraduate and graduate students.  Winner receives:

  • $1,000 prize
  • Complimentary travel and lodging (up to 2 nights) to ILA’s annual conference 
  • 1-year ILA membership 
  • Recognition at the ILA conference and in ILA publications

Submissions may be empirically or conceptually based.  Papers should focus on some aspect of leadership/leadership development.

Submissions will be judged by the degree to which:  (a) the paper addresses issues significant to leadership study; (b) the paper considers relevant theoretical and empirical literature; (c) the paper makes a conceptual or empirical contribution; and (d) the research has applications to leadership identification and development. CCL researchers will anonymously review the papers.

Authors must be students or must have graduated within 1-year prior to submission deadline. CCL staff and papers submitted to other CCL awards are ineligible.

Submit the following in a single email:

  1. PDF of the manuscript including only the title of the paper on the first page. Do not include the author’s name.
  2. Second one-page PDF including the paper title, author’s full name, mailing and email addresses, phone number and classification (Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD, and current or projected graduation date).
  3. Letter on organizational letterhead from one faculty member certifying student authorship.

Papers are limited to 30 double-spaced pages, excluding title page, abstract, figures, tables, and references.  Prepare papers according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition).
Deadline: 5:00 p.m., EDT, June 14, 2013. Winning paper will be announced during the ILA’s 14th Annual Global Conference in Montréal, Québec, Canada on October 30-November 2, 2013.

Submit entries to: ClarkAward@ccl.org.

Call for Papers:  Journal of Managerial Psychology Special Issue
Organization Behaviour in African Organizations:
Employee and Managerial Issues

Deadline : 1 July 2013

Guest Editors: Dr. Stella M. Nkomo, University of Pretoria, (stella.nkomo@up.ac.za); Dr. David A. Zoogah, Morgan State University (David.Zoogah@morgan.edu); and Dr. Samuel  Mafabi, Makerere Business School (smafabi@mubs.ac.ug)

Africa with a population of over 1 billion is the second most populous continent on the planet after Asia. Recent economic forecasts for the continent point to its rising presence in the global marketplace. Although commodities and natural resources have always been viewed as the primary means for Africa’s development, its greatest untapped resource in the 21st century may well be its people (Jackson, 2004).  A recent review of published research on management in Africa from 1960 to the present noted that there are a number of articles on OB issues in Africa, but much more research is needed to assess the challenges managers encounter in mobilizing the talent of the continent’s workforce (Kamoche, 2011)

In this special issue, we are seeking micro-oriented manuscripts that provide insight into the issues related to managing people in African organizations. We invite contributions that are empirical as well as theoretical that provide new knowledge, particularly on untapped topics. Please see the JMP website for detailed requirements of the special issue.

Please submit manuscripts in MS Word 2003 format via the Manuscript Central system on the journal's website (http://www.emeraldinsight.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=jmp).

Manuscripts are expected to follow the JMP submission guidelines: http://info.emeraldinsight.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=jmp.

Interested authors are encouraged to send questions or a short description of their proposed manuscript to the Guest Editor, Stella Nkomo (stella.nkomo@up.ac.za). Please send all questions about submission requirements, formatting,  to Kay Wilkinson (kwilkinson@emeraldinsight.com), the JMP Administrator. 

Request for Proposals
Visionary Grants and The Drs. Rosalee G. and Raymond A. Weiss Research and Program Innovation Grants
The American Psychological Foundation (APF)

APF provides financial support for innovative research and programs that enhance the power of psychology to elevate the human condition and advance human potential both now and in generations to come. 

Since 1953, APF has supported a broad range of scholarships and grants for students and early career psychologists as well as research and program grants that use psychology to improve people’s lives. 

APF encourages applications from individuals who represent diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, and sexual orientation.

The Grants

The Visionary Grants and Drs. Raymond A. and Rosalee G. Weiss Program and Innovation Grant support innovative research, education, and intervention efforts that advance psychological knowledge and application in

  • Understanding and fostering mental-physical health connections
  • Reducing stigma and prejudice
  • Understanding and preventing all forms of violence
  • Addressing long-term psychological needs in the aftermath of disaster

Preference will be given to early career psychologists (7 years or less postdoctoral), pilot projects that, if successful, would be strong candidates for support from major federal and foundation funding agencies, and “demonstration projects” that promise to generalize broadly to similar settings in other geographical areas and/or settings.   


Visionary Grants range from $5,000-20,000

Drs. Raymond A. and Rosalee G. Weiss Program and Innovation Grant:  up to $2,500

Proposal Requirements

Include the following sections in your proposal (no more than 7 pages; 1 inch margins, no smaller than 11 point font):

  • Goals and objectives
  • Workplan and timeline
  • Program evaluation/outcomes measures
  • Personnel
  • Budget


Submit a completed application as a single PDF document online at http://forms.apa.org/apf/grants/ by May 1, 2013.

More information:


Please contact Parie Kadir, Program Officer, at pkadir@apa.org.

Special Issue on Inductive Research in Organizations
Journal of Business and Psychology

Special Feature Editors: Ann Marie Ryan, Michigan State University; Neal Schmitt, Michigan State University; Paul Spector, University of South Florida; Robert Vandenberg, University of Georgia; Sheldon Zedeck, University of California Berkeley; and Steven Rogelberg, University of North Carolina Charlotte.

Papers will appear in a special issue that describes studies that are inductive rather than deductive, that is, they report results of studies that are not positioned as tests of theories. This might include studies that describe phenomena (e.g., the incidence of certain problems across organizations) or are exploratory (e.g., the study of new phenomena or phenomena that have received little attention). Intervention studies that would not have a strong theoretical basis are also appropriate, including studies demonstrating that a particular intervention had an effect on an important organizational variable.

Submission Guidelines

  • Deadline is June 1, 2013
  • Submit papers online to: http://jobu.edmgr.com/
  • We encourage author questions at any time (sgrogelb@uncc.edu).
  • A compelling rationale is essential to good inductive research.
  • Focus is on inductive research that is quantitative in nature.  We are also not seeking conceptual papers.
  • Seeking meaningful connections to extant literature is critical.
  • A paper must show how the results contribute to our understanding of the phenomena of interest.
  • Good inductive research analyzes the data to rule out alternative explanations.
  • Inductive research requires the authors to be highly transparent in analytic methods.
  • An editorial board composed of individuals open to inductive research will review papers fairly and appropriately. 

This special feature will serve as a case-study of sorts of the inductive approach to advancing our science. Therefore, additional pieces will be included in the special feature that discuss the challenges.

Additional context: Science 23 March 2012: Vol. 335 no. 6075 p. 1439