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Practicing I-O and OB in the New World



33rd Annual IOOB Conference Nears!

One of the most salient challenges facing organizations today centers around managing multicultural organizations with globally distributed workforces, according to the organizers of the 33rd Annual Industrial Organizational/Organizational Behavior (IOOB) Graduate Student Conference.
Technology has been touted as a solution to many of the issues global organizations face, but it often introduces additional challenges. Thus the 2012 IOOB conference seeks to connect the two disciplines with the topic of “Practicing I/O and OB in the New World: The Challenges of a Multicultural, Globally Distributed, Technologically Mediated Workplace.”
Registration is currently open for this conference, which is sponsored by SIOP and will be hosted by the University of Central Florida March 9-11, 2012. This year, in addition to the full conference registration, IOOB is offering a first-day registration that includes access to SIOP Past President Kurt Kraiger’s opening plenary session, among other Friday events. Attendees can also connect with through the event’s Facebook page here.
Register for this event on the 2012 IOOB website!
The challenges introduced by multicultural, globally distributed organizations impact all facets of industrial-organizational psychology and organizational behavior ranging from designing selection systems to hire employees oversees to training a highly heterogeneous workforce to implementing organizational change in organizations spread across the globe explain the IOOB steering committee. The group chose this year’s topic in order to open a dialogue among graduate students on this pressing research need.

"We chose this theme mainly because in the past years much research has been done on culture and the impacts of a globally expanding workplace," explained William Kramer, a graduate research associate at the Institute of Simulation and Training and member of the IOOB 2012 steering committee, which also includes Christopher Wiese, Rebecca Grossman, and Marissa Shuffler.

"Independent of this research, there has also been focus on virtuality in the workplace—whether it is through videoconferencing meetings, noncollocated teams, and so on," added Kramer, who is also president of Student Professionals in I/O Psychology, which will be funding and helping coordinate the event, and chair of the IOOB 2012 Awards Committee. "However, there has been little overlap across the disciplines. It was our hope that this theme would push for an intersection across the two streams of research."
Notable speakers at this year’s conference include SIOP Fellows Paul Hanges, Past President Kraiger, and Past President Gary Latham.

Kramer said the IOOB conference offers graduate students a unique experience catered to their interests.

"Someone should attend this conference because it is a conference for graduate students designed by graduate students," he explained. "It is a perfect way to practice your SIOP poster or simply gain feedback on your research in a nonjudgmental, student environment. Specifically, for those individuals who might be intimidated by being asked questions about their research from leading names in the field, this would prove to be a great sounding board that will ease them into the big leagues, so to speak."