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Join Us in San Francisco for SIOP’s First Ever 3-Day Annual Conference

Steven G. Rogelberg and Douglas Pugh
University of North Carolina Charlotte

We wanted to share a few of the conference highlights that are already in the works.

Theme tracks
We are introducing a Thursday and Saturday theme track.  A theme track is almost a conference within a conference.  It is a narrow actionable theme that appeals to individuals regardless of whether they work in an applied setting or academia and reflects a cutting-edge topic or trend.  For each theme there will be multiple integrated sessions (e.g., invited speakers, debates) scheduled back-to-back throughout the day.  These themes will represent one track in addition to 19 other sessions of our standard, varied, and excellent peer-reviewed content.  SIOP’s tradition of outstanding topic diversity will, of course, continue.  Please see the articles by John Scott and Peter Chen in this TIP issue for a description of each track respectively.

Featured posters
The featured poster session was a hit last year.  We will once again showcase the top 20 rated posters at an evening all-conference reception.  Come view some of the best submissions to the conference while sipping drinks in a relaxed atmosphere with the presenters.

Yet another super set of Sunday (Friday!) Seminars! 
As Sunday is no longer part of our conference, the Sunday Seminars are now repackaged as Friday Seminars (this is our 9th year).  Friday Seminars are invited sessions on cutting-edge topics that require advance registration and an additional fee. 

Invited addresses
We will have two keynote speakers on Friday: Dr. Jac Fitz-enz, who is known worldwide as the “father” of human capital strategic analysis and measurement, and Dr. Paul Ekman, named by APA as one the most influential psychologists of the 20th century, who is a foremost expert on universal emotions. We also have invited sessions on topics such as human capital metrics, emotional skills, innovation, I-O training, mergers and acquisitions, safety and health, team effectiveness, work motivation, organizational culture, and employee happiness.

Great, but fewer concurrent, sessions
We will have hundreds of peer-reviewed sessions addressing I-O psychology research, practice, theory, and teaching-oriented content.  These will come in the form of symposia/forum, roundtable/conversation hours, panel discussions, posters, debates, and master tutorials.  In addition we will have addresses from our SIOP award winners, key committee reports, and an update from the fall consortium on innovation.  However, expect a small reduction in the number of concurrent sessions.  This reduction, coupled with the additional half-day being added to the conference will result in roughly a net zero increase or decrease in total programming.  A reduction in concurrent sessions allows us to maintain the current acceptance rate and uphold program quality.  It also helps slightly mitigate the inevitable content conflicts at any one point in time.

Communities of Interest (COI) sessions
We will have 12 Communities of Interest (COI) sessions.  These are sessions designed to create new communities around common themes or interests.  These sessions have no chair, presenters, or discussant.  Instead, they are informally moderated by one or two facilitators.  These are great sessions to attend if you would like to (a) meet potential collaborators, (b) generate new ideas, (c) have stimulating conversations, (d) meet some new friends with common interests, and (e) develop an informal network with other like-minded SIOP members.

Closing address and finale reception
In addition to the conference opening with its traditional plenary address, the conference will close this year on Saturday afternoon with a special invited address (to be announced).  Don’t miss this opportunity for all of us to come together in one place and hear an exciting talk that will close out the conference with a bang!  After the address, we’ll head into a special evening reception with a California theme.

No more overheads!
Given that hardly anyone is using them anymore, we’re finally eliminating overhead projectors in the rooms.  We’ll be reminding you of this in several places over the next few months, so make sure you come prepared.

Other notes about the San Francisco conference
The Hilton San Francisco is located just two blocks from Union Square and easy walking distance to fabulous dining, shopping, and theater.  There’s easy access to cable cars near the hotel.  See the SIOP Web page for details on making your reservations.

Putting together our annual conference is a massive team effort involving hundreds of wonderful volunteers.  Although there are just too many people to list by name here, we do want to recognize some very key individuals.  This starts with the Past Program chair, Tammy Allen, and the Program chair-in-training, John Scott, who comprise the Strategic Program Planning Subcommittee.  They are essential to the design, planning, and execution of the program. We would like to thank the subcommittee chairs: They are Peter Chen, James LeBreton, Lisa Penney, Mark Poteet, and Christiane Spitzmueller.  We also would like to thank Julie Olson-Buchanan for her invaluable advice and counsel.  And as always, none of this would be possible without the great work of SIOP Executive Director David Nershi and his Administrative Office staff in Bowling Green.

SIOP 2008 Thursday Theme Track: Individual-Organizational Health

Carrie A. Bulger, Quinnipiac University
Peter Y. Chen, Colorado State University
Christopher J. L. Cunningham, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Leslie B. Hammer, Portland State University
John Kello, Davidson College
Autumn D. Krauss, Kronos Inc.
Julie Sampson, Colorado State University
Paul E. Spector, University of South Florida

Industrial and organizational psychology has a long history of being concerned with individual well-being in terms of performance and attitudes toward the job and organization. The Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) also notes that quality of work life is a major concern that I-O psychologists encounter in their professional work.  In his presidential address to SIOP in 1988, Daniel Ilgen also reminded I-O psychologists that individual and occupational health is a timeless concern for obvious humanitarian and utilitarian reasons.  However, we have only recently begun to broaden our perspectives on well-being to examine the joint optimization of individual and organizational health.  To highlight the importance and challenges of individual and organizational health, SIOP President Lois Tetrick and the Thursday Track Committee have worked over past months to develop six unique sessions with the focus on cutting-edge research and practice aimed at optimizing well-being for organizations and employees.

A brief summary of the Thursday theme track is presented below.

I. Individual-Organizational Health 
Daniel C. Ganster and James C. Quick, will deliver the keynote speech by first addressing how we have failed in individual health research and what we must do to make a difference in the lives of workers. Then, four positive advances (positive health, leadership, mood, emotions, and interventions/prevention) that will help create a positive organizational health future will be presented.   This session will set the stage for SIOP’s 2008 Thursday theme track entitled Individual-Organizational Health.

II. Individual-Organizational Health: Consequences of Mergers, Acquisitions, and Downsizing 
Wayne F. Cascio
will address the effects of mergers, acquisitions, and layoffs on the health and well-being of individuals and organizations. He will describe how these increasingly common organizational processes operate and how their negative effects can be minimized.

III. Individual-Organizational Health: Leading for Health
Both Joel B. Bennett, and E. Kevin Kelloway will consider research findings that help to identify best practices leaders may adopt to foster individual and organizational health, to note how consultants might work with organizations to encourage the use of such practices, and to pose unanswered questions about leaders and health.

IV. Individual-Organizational Health: Selecting for Health and Safety
Panelists Frank J. Landy, Robert R. Sinclair, Eugene F. Stone-Romero, and a mystery panelist will discuss and/or debate the effectiveness and appropriateness of using traditional selection procedures (e.g., personality assessment) to predict health outcomes by screening out individuals who are prone to accidents, injuries, and illnesses at work. The panelists will consider this practice from multiple perspectives including from organizational, ethical, legal, and practical viewpoints.

V. Individual-Organizational Health: Integrating Health Into Work-Nonwork Research and Practice
Panelists from different backgrounds including Tammy Allen, Jeffrey H. Greenhaus, Christine Dickson, and Phyllis Moen, will discuss new and developing applications and challenges of work–nonwork research and practice that emphasize individual and organizational health-related issues. The panelists will also each have a brief opportunity to share their current efforts pertaining to work–nonwork issues and health.

VI. Individual-Organizational Health: Tale of Academic–Practitioner Collaboration in Occupational Safety
At the end of the theme track, David A. Hofmann, describes the collaborative relationship between a safety-oriented consulting firm and himself. The presentation will highlight how the relationship came about and several collaborative projects undertaken (e.g., development of assessment tools, training interventions). The presentation will conclude with views on what each party has gained through the relationship.

The Thursday Theme Track Committee responsible for organizing this event includes Peter Y. Chen (Chair), Carrie A. Bulger, Christopher J. L. Cunningham, Leslie B. Hammer, John Kello, Autumn D. Krauss, and Paul E. Spector.  Julie Sampson assisted compiling all the meeting minutes and e-mail exchanges, and coordinating conference calls.  Most of the committee members will serve as moderators throughout the day.

SIOP 2008 Saturday Theme Track:
Preparing For the Future: A Critical and Constructive Look at I-O Education

John C. Scott, APT, Inc.
Marcus Dickson, Wayne State University
Mikki Hebl, Rice University
Daniel Sachau, Minnesota State University-Mankato
Linda Shanock, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Stephen Steinhaus, HR Alignment Consulting, Ltd.
Sara Weiner, Kenexa

As everyone knows by now, the annual SIOP conference will be changing from a 2 ½-day format to a 3-day format in 2008. As part of this change, a new feature has been added to the conference that will allow for a deep dive into critical themes that affect a broad range of SIOP members. In addition to a large number of peer-reviewed concurrent sessions spanning a host of topics that traditionally make up SIOP, there will be two “theme tracks,” one of which will occur on Thursday (April 10) and the other on Saturday (April 12).

Each theme track is being organized by a specially assigned committee to be a “conference within a conference.” As such, each track will focus on an actionable theme that will appeal to both academics and practitioners and reflect a cutting-edge topic or trend. For each theme track there will be a full day of coherent programming composed of presentations, symposia, interactive poster sessions, and an invited debate.

The Saturday theme track will focus on one of the most critical issues facing our profession today, the current health and future prospects of I-O graduate education. The goal of this track will be to stimulate needed dialogue on what it will take to meet emerging stakeholder needs, bring curricular innovation to life, and strengthen the connection between education and practice. We have invited an esteemed array of thought leaders and stakeholders, representing both academia and practice, to deliberate the pros and cons of our current educational programs and propose innovative and, as necessary, controversial ideas for shaping the future.  

Numerous opportunities for open forums are integrated within the theme track sessions.  In addition to our invited participants, it is important that other stakeholders from practice and academia attend and participate to evaluate the different perspectives and voice their opinions.   This will be a great chance for a broad and representative sample of SIOP to shape the future of our field.

We hope you will join us for what will clearly be a provocative day of self-reflection, frank evaluation, deliberation, and discussion on issues that impact us all.   
A brief summary of the Saturday theme track is presented below along with a list of invited presenters.

I. Opening
This session will set the stage for SIOP’s 2008 Saturday theme track entitled Preparing for the Future: A Critical and Constructive Look at I-O Education. The invited speaker for this session is Ben Schneider, who will discuss the context, history, trends, and critical issues in I-O education that need to be addressed to ensure the future success of our profession.

II. The State of I-O Training
The goal of this session is to provide an engaging, interactive debate to highlight opposing views on the health of I-O graduate education, alignment between education and practice, balance between practice and theory, scientist/practitioner collaboration, and the emergence of cross-disciplinary training.  This session will be designed to bring to light concerns around I-O graduate training for frank evaluation, deliberation, and discussion.  This session will serve as the basis for analysis of the topic throughout the day.

Debaters:  Frank Landy, Jim Outtz, Nancy Tippins, Frank Schmidt, Angelo DeNisi, Ann Marie Ryan

III. Meeting Stakeholder Needs
The goal of this session is to examine the extent to which I-O psychology graduate programs are meeting the needs of key stakeholders. More specifically, panelists from industry, consulting, and academia will discuss how well educational institutions are serving students, recent graduates, employers, the public, and the scientific community. The results of a recent SIOP survey that examined the adequacy of business and consulting skills training in graduate programs will be presented and set the context for this session. 

Panel:  Marcus Dickson, Paul Sackett, Jeff McHenry, Irv Goldstein, Rob Silzer, Daniel Sachau, Derek Avery

IV. Innovations in I-O Teaching/Curricula
The goal of this interactive poster session is to allow successful educators to showcase innovative teaching or curriculum strategies and/or best practices for training I-O psychologists. Topic areas include, but are not limited to, innovations in service learning, interdisciplinary curricula, and teaching of research and practice skills. Audience members and presenters will discuss challenges and logistics in implementing innovations at their institution/company and other specific questions as they arise. Audience members will be provided with concrete information on how to implement targeted innovations.

Posters:  Elise Amel, Jim Conway, Linda Shanock, Roseanne Foti, Tom Giberson, Peter Bachiochi, Meridith Selden, Zinta Byrne, Kurt Kraiger, Bill Attenweiler, Stefanie Johnson, Eden King

V. Connecting Education to Practice
The goal of this session is to present best practice, expert insights, and practical guidance as to how I-O education can better prepare practitioners to successfully enter the workforce and positively impact the profession.  Thought leaders will guide the audience through four critical areas of I-O education and provide an open forum for deeper discussion, which will be summarized and shared broadly to encourage innovations in each area.  Each of the following four topics will be presented in a panel format and followed by concurrent roundtables with audience participation.

  • Best practices for managing university-based consulting: John Arnold, Bruce Fisher, Richard Moffett
  • Running a successful internship program: Allan Church, Angela Pratt, Janet Barnes-Farrell, Joe Colihan 
  • Addressing practitioner skill gaps: Rick Guzzo, Jennifer Gillespie, Dick Jeanneret
  • Instilling science, practice and societal values in I-O training: Jim Outtz, Walter Borman

VI. Theme Track Integration and Open Forum
The goal of this session is to integrate themes and open issues that have emerged across the track and provide an open forum for discussion. A moderator will facilitate discussion with an expert panel regarding key themes, challenges, and next steps that were identified during the day’s sessions.  Additionally, the audience will be provided with the opportunity to ask questions and engage the panel.  Key objectives will be to summarize and obtain closure by articulating the different positions, connecting the dots, assuring knowledge transfer, and highlighting constructive steps for moving forward.

Panelists: Ben Schneider, Steven Rogelberg, Gary Latham, Mikki Hebl, Laura Koppes, Kevin Murphy, Richard Klimoski, Bill Macey, Sandra Davis

The Saturday theme track committee responsible for organizing this event includes Marcus Dickson, Mikki Hebl, Daniel Sachau, Linda Shanock, Stephen Steinhaus, and Sara Weiner.  These committee members will serve as moderators throughout the day.

Two More Terrific Reasons to Attend SIOP

Steven G. Rogelberg
University of North Carolina Charlotte

In addition to our usual line-up of terrific conference sessions, we will have two special speaker events.  

Dr. Jac Fitz-enz will give an address titled “Workforce Intelligence: The Predictive Initiative.”  In this talk, Dr. Fitz-enz will discuss a project he conducted with 25 vendors and corporations to develop the first integrated, predictive, human capital management planning, data mining software and future-facing metrics system.  Dr. Fitz-enz is often called the “father” of human capital strategic analysis and measurement.  He introduced metrics to human resources through the Saratoga Institute in 1978 (which he founded).  Recently, he was honored by SHRM as one of 50 people who, in the past 50 years, have “significantly changed” how organizations manage people.  Fitz-enz has published over 225 articles, reports, book chapters and 8 books on measurement and management.  He has trained more than 80,000 managers in 42 countries. 

Dr. Paul Ekman will give an address titled “Emotional Skills.”  Five emotional skills will be described with examples of how they can be acquired, for example, recognizing signs of concealed emotions and signs of when emotions are first beginning in others.  Dr. Ekman was named by the American Psychological Association as one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century based on publications, citations, and awards. Dr. Ekman is best known for his landmark work that found that facial expressions of emotion are not culturally determined but universal to human culture.   He has appeared on 48 Hours, Dateline, Good Morning America, 20/20, Larry King, Oprah, Johnny Carson, and many other TV programs. Currently, he is the director of the Paul Ekman Group, LLC (PEG), a small company that produces training devices relevant to emotional skills, and is initiating new research relevant to national security and law enforcement.