Submission Deadline August 22!
The deadline for commentary submissions is August 22, 2011.
The first focal article for this issue is by Scott I. Tannenbaum, John E. Mathieu, Eduardo Salas, and Debra Cohen and is titled “Teams Are Changing: Are Research and Practice Evolving Fast Enough?” In the past, there was a fairly strong alignment between what teams experienced, the topics that team researchers were studying, and the practices that organizations used to manage their teams. However, the nature of teams and the environment in which they operate has changed, and as a result, new needs have emerged. Although there have been some innovative advancements, research and practice have not always adjusted to remain aligned with emerging needs. This article highlights three significant change themes that are affecting teams: (a) dynamic composition, (b) technology and distance, and (c) empowerment and delayering. For each theme, the authors share their observations, review the related science and identify future research needs, and specify challenges and recommendations for employing effective team-based practices in applied settings. They conclude with thoughts about the future and suggest that new theories, research methods, and analyses may be needed to study the new team dynamics.
The second focal article is by Robert E. Ployhart and is titled “The Psychology of Competitive Advantage: An Adjacent Possibility.” This article argues that the field of I-O psychology should expand its focus from studying individual and small group behavior to also studying how psychology contributes to organizational strategy and sustained competitive advantage. The field of strategy has recently sought to understand the microfoundations of competitive advantage, and I-O psychology brings much expertise to inform the study of such microfoundations. However, most I-O research pays little attention to strategic issues. In this article, Ployhart provides an introduction to strategic management, focusing primarily on the resource-based determinants of competitive advantage. He then discusses the potential benefits of I-O science and practice tackling important strategic issues, yet also notes the challenges and likely evolutions that will be necessary in I-O theory and research. The field of personnel selection is used as an illustration, but other areas of I-O are also considered.
Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice takes a focal article–peer commentary–response format, and commentaries are peer-reviewed. We invite interested SIOP members to submit a commentary on either of these articles for consideration for publication. We hope to receive commentaries from a broad range of perspectives, including the science and practice communities, and U.S. and international perspectives.
The focal articles can be downloaded by clicking on the Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice link in the publications dropdown menu of the SIOP Web site,www.siop.org. The journal page also contains details on the process of preparing and submitting a commentary. Please contact Editor Cindy McCauley at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the commentary process.
We look forward to your submissions!