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IOP Journal Now Accepting Commentaries


by SIOP Administrative Office

IOP Journal Now Accepting Commentaries

Deadline for Submission January 5!

Two focal articles have recently been accepted for Volume 11 Issue 1 of SIOP’s journal, Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice. They are now available for comment on the SIOP website.

The deadline for commentary submissions is January 5, 2018.

The first focal article for this issue is Putting an End to Bad Talent Management: A Call to Action for the Field of I-O Psychology by Christopher T. Rotolo, Allan H. Church, Seymour Adler, James W. Smither, Alan L. Colquitt, Amanda C. Shull, Karen B. Paul, and Garett Foster. Organizations are undergoing unprecedented transformation in the area of talent management (TM). Companies are rapidly adopting new tools and approaches in a variety of what has traditionally been core areas of industrial-organizational (I-O) psychology such as performance management, employee attitudes, recruiting, testing and assessment, and career development. Increasingly, however, these new approaches have little to no research backing behind them and they do not tend to be the focus of I-O theory and research. The authors call this trend anti-industrial and organizational psychology (AIO), as they believe these forces do not advance the field for long-term strategic impact. They present a framework that describes how AIO practices are adopted by organizations and how I-O psychologists often gravitate away from these practices rather than actively help to separate the wheat from the chaff. The authors found support for their hypothesis through a brief analysis of Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice. In this analysis, they found that only 10% of the focal articles from 2008 to 2016 represented topics that they call frontier, emerging areas in organizations but where there is no research support for them. The authors propose a set of recommendations for the field of I-O psychology and call for a more strategic approach to identifying and vetting new TM trends in order to increase the relevancy and impact of I-O for key stakeholders.

The second focal article is From “Her” Problem to “Our” Problem:Using an Individual Lens Versus a Social-Structural Lens to Understand Gender Inequity in STEMby Kathi N. Miner, Jessica M. Walker, Mindy E. Bergman, Vanessa A. Jean, Adrienne Carter-Sowell, Samantha C. January, and Christine Kaunas. Increasing the representation of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is one of our nation’s most pressing imperatives. As such, there has been increased lay and scholarly attention given to understanding the causes of women’s underrepresentation in such fields. These explanations tend to fall into two main groupings: individual-level (i.e., her) explanations and social-structural (i.e., our) explanations. These two perspectives offer different lenses for illuminating the causes of gender inequity in STEM and point to different mechanisms by which to gain gender parity in STEM fields. In this paper, the authors describe these two lenses and provide three examples of how each lens may differentially explain gender inequity in STEM. They argue that the social-structural lens provides a clearer picture of the causes of gender inequity in STEM, including how gaining gender equity in STEM may best be achieved. They then make a call to industrial/organizational psychologists to take a lead in addressing the societal-level causes of gender inequality in STEM.

The focal articles can be downloaded from the Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice page.

The journal page also contains details on the process of preparing and submitting a commentary. Please contact Editor John Scott at JScott@APTMetrics.com with any questions about the commentary process.