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Call for Authors for SIOPs New Solutions Series

Elaine D. Pulakos
Personnel Decisions Research Institutes

We want to let you know about the new SIOP Solutions Series, a book series that was initiated by the Practice Series Editorial Board and launched earlier this year. The goal of the series is to produce focused, prescriptive volumes that translate the data- and practice-based knowledge of I-O psychology into practical, how-to advice for dealing with cutting-edge organizational issues and problems. We are currently seeking authors for volumes who have extensive experience conducting applied work in organizations and who are interested in sharing their knowledge and expertise for addressing key issues and problems. Wed like to encourage practitioners, who may or may not have published their work previously, to consider writing for this series. Co-authorship arrangements between industry-based practitioners and academic-based practitioners are welcome.

The Solutions Series volumes will be short (75100 printed pages) and written in a consumer-friendly format with wide audience appeal. They will contain tools, examples, case studies, and lessons learned to make I-O psychology principles and practices come alive for the reader. The volumes will be marketed broadly and placed in venues that will be highly accessible to organizational decision makers and managers.

In addition to providing useful information for dealing with cutting-edge problems and issues, the series is intended to increase the visibility of I-O psychology and what it has to offer individuals and organizations. An epilogue will be included in each volume describing the nature and practice of I-O psychology.

The Solutions Series Editorial Board consists of the following members: Elaine Pulakos, editor (Personnel Decisions Research Institutes), Ben Dowell (Bristol-Myers Squibb), Jerry Kehoe (AT&T), Lise Saari, (IBM), Jeff Schippmann (PepsiCo), and Mark Teachout (USAA). The board has identified the following topics for upcoming Solutions Series volumes:

  • Keeping Your Best Peopleidentifying and using the employee value proposition, including discussions of job design, retention, work/life issues, the meaning of work, and compensation and pay.
  • Developing Successful Leadersidentifying and developing HPs; succession management.
  • Aligning People with Business Strategyaligning individual behavior with organizational goals and linking measures to outcomes.
  • Recruiting Top Talentwhy do individuals choose one organization over another, employment/organizational branding, effective recruitment strategies and sources, and integrating people into organizations.
  • Diagnosing and Solving Organizational Problemsperformance consulting, cause of problems (behavioral, skill, environmental, personal, etc.), and what to do (feedback, coaching, etc., change expectations, change environment); how to accomplish with virtual employees.

Because Solutions Series volumes will be released in groups of three or four and marketed together, we are looking for consistency in tone, style, language, and format across the books. Authors will thus be asked to follow these guidelines in preparing their volumes:

  • The volumes should be practical, application oriented, and focus on how to solve important, real-world problems faced in organizations. At the same time, the content of the volumes must be grounded in the data- and practice-based knowledge of I-O psychology. The objectivity, integrity, and scientific basis of our work will be used to differentiate our volumes from others in marketing these books.
  • It should be clear that the author is writing not only from the point of view of his/her own experience and expertise but also from the point of view of a professional knowledge base. Quotes can help accomplish this. Also, an occasional reference like, ...what industrial-organizational psychology knows about this is... will help establish that there is a body of knowledge that underlies the content.
  • The books should be action oriented rather than knowledge oriented. They should be about what can/should be done, rather than what is known. Although the advice given should be prescriptive, authors should also provide a discussion of the pitfalls or downsides one might encounter implementing the suggested actions.
  • Business/managers language should be used rather than research language in writing the volumes. The writing should also address the audience in the second person (e.g., When you are planning to interview a candidate you should...).
  • An outcome focus should be retained throughout the volumethat is, the advice given or approaches recommended should be tied to the organizational outcomes that are the focus of each volume (i.e., getting the best people, keeping the best people, developing the next leader, etc.).
  • Authors should get to the point quickly and provide good ideas throughout the volume, even on the first page.
  • The volumes should include the following, as appropriate for the topic:
  • What are the key relevant questions that need to be asked to address the issue?
  • What are the steps (include a decision tree or graphic if possible) of the process?
  • What decisions do you need to make along the way?
  • What options do you have for addressing different parts of the prob-lem or issue?
  • What are the pros and cons of different solutions/optionswhich are better in which situations?
  • Authors should not sell a company or consultants specific product or approach.
  • Case studies and lessons learned should be included throughout as appropriate. Real companies and examples should be used wherever possible. To the extent feasible, examples should transcend different types of organizations (private, public, nonprofits, etc.).
  • The following should be included as appropriate for the topicboxes with key points, checklists or bulleted lists, lists of dos and donts, samples of protocols, prototypes, materials, tools, and job aids. To the degree possible, the books should include tools that can be applied, as these are typically more valuable than, for example, a sequence of action steps.
  • Quotes should be used to reinforce points where helpful.
  • The volumes can include role-play or question and answer sections to convey what the reader might say to others about the application/issue.
  • The volumes should include regulatory requirements (e.g., Title VII) relevant to the topic. Regulatory requirements could be included in the form of questions the reader should ask to see if she/he has covered all the bases for implementation.
  • If applicable, questions should be included so that the reader can evaluate a vendor or a vendors products in the domain.
  • Citations will not be included in the text; rather, endnotes and additional resources will be included at the end of each volumesuggested readings, Web sites, industry associations, and so forth.
  • The length of each volume will be approximately 80100 printed pages (120150 ms. pages).

Individuals interested in producing volumes on one of the above topics or who wish to discuss potential volumes on other topics are encouraged to contact Elaine Pulakos at (703) 522-7885 or Elaine.Pulakos@personneldecisions.com.


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