American Institutes for Research Experts to Discuss a Wide Range of Workplace Issues at the Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Washington, D.C. – Researchers from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) will address a wide range of workplace and career issues during presentations at the 26th annual conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), which is being held April 14-16, 2011 in Chicago, IL.

AIR presentations will include job analysis, applying science in the workplace, applying industrial and organizational psychology principles to industry, conducting competency-based job analysis and professional training strategies.

SIOP is part of the American Psychological Association and its stated mission is “to enhance human well-being and performance in organizational and work settings by promoting the science, practice, and teaching of industrial-organizational psychology.”

AIR presentations and poster sessions include:

Thursday, April 14

Is There a Big Five of Teamwork? An Empirical Test
Numerous theories of teamwork have been proposed.  These theories have been derived from literature reviews; however, few empirical tests have been conducted. This paper tested three competing models of teamwork using confirmatory factor analysis. Results supported a four-factor structure that consists of leadership, situation monitoring, mutual support, and communication.

AIR Presenters: James Kurtessis; Alok Bhupatkar

Internships in I-O Psychology: Best Practices From Managers and Interns
I-O psychology students commonly desire internships, but information about how to find and maximize these experiences is hard to find. There is also limited information available to practitioners on how to best select and manage interns. In this panel, both interns and practitioners share best practices for the internship process.

AIR Presenter: Lorin Mueller

Recommendations of a Technical Advisory Committee on Adverse Impact Analysis
The analysis of adverse impact in employment decisions continues to be a probative issue in litigation and enforcement. The Center for Corporate Equality assembled a Technical Advisory Committee on adverse impact analysis to identify a series of best practices.  This panel will review TAC recommendations.

AIR Presenter: Lorin Mueller

Friday, April 15

Conducting KSAO and Competency-Based Analyses: Advice From the Field
Knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics (KSAO) and competencies are common outputs from a job analysis. Whereas previous discussions have focused on establishing which practice is better, the discussion will focus on the relationship between the two concepts and utilizing both models in practice. Panelists will discuss best practices, legal considerations, and their applied experiences.

AIR Presenters: Sarah Gilbert; Cheryl Hendrickson

Maximizing the Contribution of Subject-Matter Experts in Job Analysis
I-O psychologists rely heavily on subject matter experts in job analysis research.  However, little is known about how to maximize their contribution. This panel discussion seeks the expert opinion of researches regarding the challenges associated with procuring the most appropriate experts and various strategies for maximizing their input.

AIR Presenters: Kelley Krokos; Dwayne Norris

Perceived Organizational Support: Current Knowledge, Future Promise
Since perceived organizational support (POS) was first investigated 25 years ago, research on the topic has progressively increased, resulting in over 350 studies.  This symposium addresses the needs to analyze and organize current findings about POS, considers gaps in knowledge, and suggests promising lines of future research.

AIR Presenter: James Kurtessis

Back to Basics: Who Should Complete KSAO-Task Linkages?
This study was conducted to determine whether incumbents, managers, or job analysts provide more reliable KSAO-task linkage ratings. The study contributes to limited research on this topic by comparing the reliability of linkages conducted by different raters, in an unexplored career field, using a 3-point rating scale.

AIR Presenters: Tara Myers; Cheryl Hendrickson; Sarah Gilbert; Andrew Loignon; Dwayne Norris; Nancy Matheson

To Weight or Not to Weight? Job Analysis Considerations
This study examined the impact of weighting job analysis results to account for response biases and differences in respondent perspectives for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) content validity study. The paper makes recommendations for future high-stakes job analyses on how to determine whether weighting is necessary through a three-step analytic process.

AIR Presenter: Lorin Mueller

A Retirement Research Incubator: Expanding Applied Research Frontiers
This research incubator forum encourages individuals with interests in retirement research to combine efforts to expand their research opportunities and international collaborations. During the session, participants will work the facilitators to design and conduct studies in this area.

AIR Presenter: Alok Bhupatkar

The Alliance for Organizational Psychology and You: A Question and Answer Session
The Alliance for Organizational Psychology was created in 2009.  Since its creation the Alliance has achieved several milestones including naming its first president, Milt Hakel. During this period, the SIOP International Affairs Committee has fielded numerous member and international affiliate questions about the Alliance. This session will allow members to interact with the Alliance president and SIOP’s past president in a town hall setting.

AIR Presenter: Alexander Alonso

Training on a Shoestring Budget: Bringing Clients to the Water
This panel discussion provides a venue for training professionals to share ideas for effectively and creatively responding to clients’ requests by guiding them to consider strategies that will set the stage to achieve their training goals.

AIR Presenters: Nancy Matheson; Laura Steighner

Saturday, April 16

20/20 @20: Reflecting on Career Paths
Twenty years after entering graduate school, five I-O psychologists will discuss their diverse career histories, which include academia, internal consulting, and external consulting. The influence of scientist-practitioner training and early career experiences on future career path will be emphasized through panelist and audience interaction.

AIR Presenter: Laura Steighner

A Reexamination of the Web-Based Demand of PHR/SPHR Certifications
In light of the popularity of HR certifications, this study reexamines the demand for certified professionals in human resources and senior professionals in human resources. Results suggest over a quarter (25.1%) of HR-related job announcements required or preferred applicants to possess PHR/SPHR certification, which was significantly greater than 1.4% found in the Aguinis et al. (2005) study.

AIR Presenter: Lorin Mueller

Building a Workforce to Meet Immediate Societal Needs
In recent years, the need for new workforces in areas such as homeland security and deep water oil drilling has becomes increasingly more common. This session provides an interactive discussion on the challenges I-O psychologists face when they are called on to build new workforce quickly.

AIR Presenters: Alexander Alonso; Cheryl Hendrickson

Stay or Go: Value of a Master’s in Applied Settings
With a growing number of terminal master’s programs in I-O, students are faced with the question of whether they should continue their education in doctorate programs. This panel will discuss the value of an I-O master’s degree in applied research settings relative to pursuing a PHD.

AIR Presenter: James Kurtessis

About AIR
Established in 1946, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance both domestically and internationally in the areas of health, education, and workforce productivity. For more information, visit


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