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International Forum: A Review
and Future Perspectives 

Dirk D. Steiner
Universit de Nice-Sophia Antipolis

I began writing this column 4 years ago, shortly after moving to the Universit de Nice. My objective was to provide a forum for exchanging information on the work of I-O psychologists around the world. With the help of SIOP members, I sought contributors from various countries who could comment on some of the activities relevant to work in our field. I admit that my approach to identifying people was somewhat haphazard and influenced largely by the individuals whom I could identify, who agreed to contribute, and who were available when I contacted them. Nonetheless, we did manage to represent different areas of the world in these pages. Your feedback has also suggested to me that at least some contacts were made as a result of information presented here.

This will be my final column in this series. To conclude the series, I thought it would be useful to provide a brief overview of the past columns, give an update on the situation in France, and provide some perspectives for the future. Here then is the thematic index of all the columns of International Forum:

TIP Issue Topic(s)

April 1997, Introductory ColumnMy move to the Universit de Nice; July 1997, France by C. Louche; October 1997, International Association of Applied Psychology by B. Wilpert; January 1998, Spain by J. Salgado; April 1998, Portugal by S. E. McIntyre; July 1998, China by Z. M. Wang; October 1998, New Zealand by P. Taylor and M. ODriscoll; January 1999, Canada by L. M. Sulsky; April 1999, Australia by B. Hesketh and Brazil by A. Tamayo; July 1999, The Netherlands by C. K. W. DeDreu; October 1999, The Philippines by R. Hechanova-Alampay and E. L. Samonte; January 2000, The United Kingdom by C. Smewing; April 2000, Austria by K. W. Kallus; July 2000, Mexico by F. Daz Sustaeta; October 2000, Ecuador by J. Moreno.

An Update on I-O in France

In my initial column, I commented on my work situation in France and on my research concerning fairness perceptions of hiring methods (see Steiner & Gilliland, in press, for a review). I noted that my interest in this line of research had to do in part with trying to understand the widespread use of graphology in hiring in France. I am happy to say that I have created many disciples among my former students here who, I believe, are having a modest impact on sensitizing organizations to the utility of valid selection techniques.

At the Universit de Nice, I think that I-O psychology is doing well. There are now courses in every year of the psychology program at our University. I am director of the applied masters-type program (DESS, Diplme dEtudes Suprieures Spcialises) in human resources management, which has a strong I-O psychology component. I have had several doctoral students here since 1997; however, until the fall of 2000, they had to do their doctoral-related coursework at other universities. Doctoral coursework in I-O was not available at these neighboring universities, so my students took social and cognitive psychology courses. This past fall, our university was granted a doctoral program in psychology, and I now offer I-O coursework in this program.

In his column of July 1997, Professor Claude Louche from the Universit de Montpellier wrote of the I-O psychology situation in France in general. In particular, he noted that there was a proposal that had been submitted to the Education Ministry for the creation of a national doctoral program in I-O psychology. Such a national program would have implied the participation of professors from different universities throughout France in the training of a group of I-O psychology doctoral students. This proposal was finally not accepted; doctoral studies continue to be conducted and coordinated at each universitys local level.

The I-O psychology network headed by Claude Louche continues to be active. Eleven teams from all over the country meet at an annual conference. The network promotes I-O psychology in organizations, and it initiates research projects. Currently, the members are writing a Handbook of Work and Organizational Psychology that is to be in print at the end of 2001. The editors are Eric Brangier, Alain Lancry, and Claude Louche. All these activities make me optimistic about the future growth and impact of I-O psychology in France.

International Perspectives for SIOP

As this is my last column, it seems appropriate to wonder about the future of international perspectives for SIOP. In the January 2001 issue, I solicited your input for ideas about increasing international activities in our society. An international social at the annual Conference was one idea that was presented. At the time of the deadline for this issue, I have received a couple of other suggestions. Katy M. Mohler, a student at California State University-- Sacramento, suggested that the students of SIOP get more involved in international issues. She suggested compiling a list of links to Web sites concerning I-O type education programs around the world as well as a list of financial aid opportunities for Americans interested in including some foreign study in their program.

In the October 1997 International Forum of TIP, Bernhard Wilpert wrote about the activities of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP). Virginia Schein asked me to remind members of this organization. She would like to encourage I-O psychologists with an international interest to join the IAAP and the division of Organizational Psychology. She writes:

The IAAP is the oldest international association of psychologists. Membership in IAAP provides a link to a worldwide network of like-minded colleagues. The Division of Organizational Psychology was its first division and it has the largest membership. The IAAP meets every 4 years and its journal, Applied PsychologyAn International Review, is an internationally respected forum for scholarly exchange in research findings and reviews. The next IAAP congress will be in Singapore, July 7-12, 2002. A call for papers will be out shortly.

The current president of the Division of Organizational Psychology is Miriam Erez. Virginia Schein is president-elect of the division. Either of them can provide more information about IAAP. The IAAP Web site is www.iaapsy.org  and you can join IAAP on line.

Well, thats it for me. So, Ill say au revoir. But I still welcome your comments and suggestions and hope to continue to hear from my North American colleagues. You can contact me at: Dpartement de Psychologie; Ple Universitaire St. Jean dAngely; 24, Avenue des Diables Bleus; 06357 Nice Cedex 4; France. E-mail: steiner@unice.fr. Phone: (33) 492-00-11-91. Fax: (33) 492-00-12-97.

Reference

Steiner, D. D. & Gilliland, S. W. (in press). Procedural justice in personnel selection: International and cross-cultural perspectives. International Journal of Selection and Assessment.


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