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SIOP 2012 Preconference Workshops: Wednesday, April 25

Liberty Munson
Microsoft Corporation

1. Innovations in Computer-Based Testing: Implications for Science and Practice. Craig R. Dawson, SHL, Adam W. Meade, North Carolina State University; Coordinator:  Lorin Mueller, American Institutes for Research
Computer-Based Testing (CBT), including advanced applications such as Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) and computer simulations, are becoming increasingly common as selection devices used for hiring. This workshop will teach those familiar with selection system design and validation the best practices around understanding, implementing, validating, and improving CBT programs. Scientific and practical implications of advanced computer-based techniques will be addressed. 

2. The Art and Science of Selection: Loading Up for Implementation and Sustainability. Rich Cober, Marriott International, Inc., Nancy Tippins, Valtera Corporation; Coordinator: Rob Michel, Edison Electric Institute
The sustainability of a selection program depends on the design as well as the implementation of the instruments. However, sustainability is rarely covered in most I-O graduate programs. This workshop reviews the critical questions to be addressed prior to the development, validation, and implementation of a selection program.

3. Competencies as a Foundation for Integrated Talent Management. Alexis A. Fink, Microsoft Corporation, Juan I. Sanchez, Florida International University; Coordinator: Chris Lovato, Kenexa
This workshop reviews the value added by competencies as a key piece of the infrastructure supporting strategically integrated talent management beyond traditional HR practices. We will propose innovative solutions to a number of pending measurement, practice, and compliance issues in the emerging field of competency modeling.

4. Engaged Employees in Flourishing Organizations. William H. Macey, Valtera Corporation, Arnold B. Bakker, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands; Coordinator: Brigitte Steinheider, University of Oklahoma
This workshop will examine how employee engagement is conceptualized by both practitioners and scholars and the implications for applied work. Particular attention will be given to the drivers of engagement and how engagement survey findings should be interpreted at different levels of analysis including the individual, unit, and organizational levels. 

5. Reaching for the Stars: Building High-Potential Talent Programs for Organizational Advantage. Rob Silzer, HR Assessment and Development Inc./Baruch College-CUNY, Sandra Davis, MDA Leadership Consulting, Jeff McHenry, Rainier Leadership Solutions; Coordinator: Paul Yost, Seattle Pacific University
Designing and implementing an effective high-potential program requires an organization to determine strategic objectives; define high potential; identify, assess, and develop high-potential talent; and evaluate program effectiveness. Workshop presenters will help practitioners understand and address these issues in order to build a program that best meets organizational needs.

6. Coaching That Fits: How to Tailor the Design and Delivery of Coaching to Achieve Greater Results. Anna Marie Valerio, Executive Leadership Strategies, LLC, Paul Tesluk, University at Buffalo, School of Management; Coordinator: Michel Buffet, Fisher Rock Consulting
Although coaching is a preferred way to increase executive and high-potential effectiveness, it is labor intensive and costly. As a result, coaches are constantly asked to tailor the design and delivery of coaching to maximize impact while minimizing costs. This workshop will provide the skills and resources to do just that.

7. Beyond the Misery of Change Management:  Getting Change Leadership Right. John B. McGuire, Center for Creative Leadership, Charles J. Palus, Center for Creative Leadership; Coordinator: Christina Norris-Watts, Macquarie Group Limited
An interdependent form of change leadership is required to significantly improve the probability of successful change efforts and to sustain them over time. This workshop will describe this evolving view of leadership as a social process that produces outcomes of direction, alignment, and commitment, and provide relevant change management tools.

8. Talent Management in Action: Game of Thrones. Allan H. Church, PepsiCo, Janine Waclawski, Pepsi Beverage Company, John Scott, APTMetrics; Coordinator: Erica Desrosiers, PepsiCo
Talent management is the process of identifying, assessing, developing, planning, and moving talent throughout the employee lifecycle to meet strategic business objectives. This workshop will provide a realistic preview of talent management applied in organizational settings based on different perspectives. Case examples and exercises will be used to build capability.

9. Little Things (Can) Mean a Lot! Practical Statistics for Small-Sample and Group-Level Data. Rodney A. McCloy, Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO), Paul J. Hanges, University of Maryland; Coordinator: Cheryl Paullin, HumRRO
This workshop will focus on practical issues faced by I-O psychologists when dealing with real-world data sets, including analyzing categorical data, applying statistical tests appropriate for small samples, using multi-level techniques (multi-level factor analysis, HLM) appropriately, and using statistical techniques to identify and remove aberrant raters from a data set.

10. Avoiding the Blank Stare: Communicating Research Findings to General Audiences. Nathan R. Kuncel, University of Minnesota; Coordinator:  Emily Solberg, Valtera Corporation
I-O psychologists often struggle with communicating our research and helping others use it effectively. This workshop will help participants learn how to effectively communicate results from research demonstrating the effectiveness of personnel selection processes and will provide methods for identifying decision biases and techniques for debiasing the decision making process.

11. Legal Update: Insights and Best Practices From Plaintiff, Enforcement Agency, and Employer Perspectives. Eric M. Dunleavy, DCI Consulting Group, Cyrus Mehri, Mehri & Skalet, PLLC; Coordinator: Laura Heaton, The Hershey Company
This workshop will review significant workplace discrimination case law and settlements from 2010 and 2011. Emphasis will be placed on recent class action rulings, enforcement agency updates, statistical methods for identifying discrimination, and best practices for mitigating and eliminating workplace discrimination. Plaintiff, enforcement agency, and employer insights will be shared.

12. Shades of Gray in Ethical Landmines: Provoking Participative Provocateurs. Greg Gormanous, Louisiana State University, Alexandria; Coordinator: Mat Osicki, IBM
We do not know “what we do not know.” Explore the complexities of ethicality/legality/morality in a workshop where participants serve as provocateurs/discussants on contextually varied ethical scenarios—reflecting shades of gray—in order to provoke discussion/disagreement. Scenarios include workplace issues, such as conflict of interest, flirting/romance, selection, ethnic/cultural/women’s issues, and stress.