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SIOP, EAWOP, and IAAP-Division 1 Form Alliance for Psychology

Stephany Schings
SIOP Communications Specialist

An historic signing ceremony took place at this year’s annual conference among SIOP’s Past President Gary Latham, EAWOP President Franco Fraccaroli, and International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) Division 1 President José M. Peiró.

The three signed a declaration of collaboration for the Alliance for Organizational Psychology, an agreement between the three societies aimed at creating an international alliance that will increase visibility of I-O psychology and mutually benefit each society.

Latham met with Fraccaroli and Peiró in April 2008 to discuss the partnership. A second meeting took place July 25, 2008 in Berlin at the International Congress of Psychology. Milt Hakel, Fraccaroli, Peiró, and Latham, who are all members of SIOP, EAWOP, and IAAP, were all in attendance.

The partnership with EAWOP and IAAP-Division 1 was the first of three goals Latham set for SIOP during his presidency.  These goals were also the topic of his first presidential column in TIP, July 2008. In that message, Latham explained how the partnership will help enhance the visibility of I-O psychology.

“Size does, in fact, matter,” Latham said. “The media and legislators in particular pay far more attention to groups with a large membership....Partnering in some fashion with the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP) and Division 1 of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) is an initial step, a relatively easy step, to increase our potential for having a societal influence.  It is a step that will benefit their members as well as SIOP’s in implementing the pillars of SIOP’s strategic plan.”

The respective president, past president, or president elect of the three societies will also meet on an ongoing basis at each other’s conferences to ensure the implementation of the collaboration.  Additional I-O psychological societies may be asked to join the Alliance in the coming years, though all three societies must be in agreement for anyone else to join.

Gary Latham’s complete presidential message outlining the SIOP, EAWOP, and IAAP-1 partnership can be found in the July 2008 TIP.