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Shift Ahead: Preparing Organizations to Meet Tomorrow’s Challenges


by SIOP Administrative Office

34th Annual IOOB Conference Submissions Due April 1, Registration Now Open

As ongoing economic strife and shifting landscapes are creating large issues for organizations worldwide, professionals in I-O psychology, organizational behavior, human resources, and management are being called upon to provide solutions.

Based on this perspective, the organizers of the 34th Annual Industrial Organizational/Organizational Behavior (IOOB) Graduate Student Conference have designed the event around the theme "SHIFT AHEAD: Preparing Organizations to Meet Tomorrow's Challenges,” applying academic research to practical practices that enhance organizational strength.

The event, presented this year by the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, will take place July 18-19, 2014 in Downtown Los Angeles.

Registration is now open here!

This conference is an opportunity for seasoned and developing professionals, current students, and others interested in I-O psychology and organizational behavior to engage with each other in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.

As the economy bounces back, young professionals need to prepare to shift organizational focus, find the right track, and stay one step ahead of the curve. Topics for this event include:

  • Shifting Practices: Promoting best practices in response to the effects of globalization and rapid technological advances.
  • Focused Initiatives: Keys to the successful implementation of I-O and OB initiatives in a changing economic environment.
  • Next Generation: Preparing the next generation of I-O and OB professionals to make an impact in the post-recession environment.

Presentations will include a keynote address by Jay Finkelman, PhD, Department Chair Industrial-Organizational, Business Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, who will speak on “The Psychologist Manager: Success Models for Psychologists in Executive Positions.” Dr. Finkelman will discuss the challenges and opportunities for psychologists entering leadership and management roles, whether in NGOs, commercial, health, or other organizations. Topics will include the motivations and advantages of psychologists in management, their potential limitations and ways to overcome them, and practical career advice. For the most updated list of presentations and speakers, visit the schedule of events here.

Call for Submissions

Paper, presentation, and poster submissions are now being accepted for the 2014 conference. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2014. 

By applying I-O and OB experiences in the field along with findings from academic research, the IOOB committee believes professionals can promote practices that will help businesses and organizations all over the world create value and prepare for the “new normal” of a post-recession economic environment.

This year’s IOOB Conference will also feature a Networking Fair, to be held Saturday, July 19 from 11am-1pm. This will be a networking fair to connect attending students and professionals with organizations serving I-O and HR professionals, and recruiting qualified candidates for internships and career opportunities.

Participation in the networking fair is open to all conference attendees and sponsoring partners. If you would like to participate, contact the IOOB organizers at IOOB2014@gmail.com or 213-615-7263.

Check the 2014 IOOB Website for updates as the conference approaches. Follow IOOB 2014 on Twitter and Facebook!

The IOOB organizers are also currently seeking additional speakers and sponsors. If you are interested or would like more information, please email ioob2014@gmail.com.