I still remember the excitement I felt when the founding of AOP was announced at the EAWOP conference in Santiago de Compostela. During my time as EAWOP president, I have become even more convinced of the significance of AOP. I was very happy to organize the first AOP Small Group Meeting on promoting ethical, relevant and rigorous research together with José Cortina, which has been instrumental for community building around this crucial topic. More recently I have started to lead an EAWOP initiative for improving policy impact of research in work and organizational psychology. During the discussions in the task force which is charged with developing an action plan for EAWOP, it has been very clear that cooperation with AOP is crucial and I am extremely pleased that by joining the AOP Executive Committee I can help to align these efforts.
We incoming officers can build on the great work accomplished by the outgoing team, which has given AOP a sound structure and has expanded the range of AOP activities. We will continue this work and in particular aim to build stronger relationships with our member associations through more dependable communication channels, increase the visibility of AOP among the membership of the associations, and extend our reach into policy-making at national and international levels through high-stake expert meetings and policy briefs.
Our main strength are the multiple and diverse networks of individuals dedicated to the cause of AOP across the globe. We hope to both extend these networks and put them to even better use towards increasing the impact of work and organizational psychology research in the workplace. We love to hear from all of you who are interested in being part of this endeavor.
I assumed the presidency of AOP in 2014 after the ICAP Congress in Paris. It was a great honor for me to take on this role, especially because I had contributed to the foundation of the Alliance in 2009. I also had the great fortune to collaborate with two wonderful colleagues, Donald Truxillo (treasurer) and Rosalind Searle (secretary). With them we have formed a very effective and highly interdependent team.
I believe that AOP should function as a platform to promote cultural, scientific, and professional exchanges between the various professional associations around the world that deal with work, industrial, and organizational psychology (W/I/O Psychology).
Moreover, consistent with the goal very dear to co-founder Gary Latham, I consider AOP as a fundamental tool to increase the visibility and influence of W/I/O psychology in society and among political decision-makers. These principles have guided us over these four years.
The main results achieved can be summarized as follows:
- We have expanded of the Alliance to other international W/I/O Psychology Associations. Recently the Canadian Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (CSIOP) joined AOP. Furthermore, contacts have been initiated with Associations in South Africa and Australia.
- We initiated a series of small group meetings (SGMs). These SGMs bring together participants from around the world on scientific and professional topics. In 2016, the first SGM in Zurich focused on “Fostering Ethical, Relevant and Rigorous Research” thanks to the initiative of Gudela Grote (EAWOP) and Josè Cortina (SIOP). A second meeting is planned in Istanbul on “Advancing International Research and Practice on the Work-Family Interface” (organizers: Lynda Zugec and Karen Korabik.).
- We have developed, with the support of a specific committee, white paper production on important topics. As an example we can mention the recent paper released and summaries in Organizational Dynamics.
- AOP has organized special sessions at the EAWOP, SIOP, and IAAP congresses including on topics of global interest such as:
· Active Aging at Work
· Assessment Practices around the Globe
· High Performance Work Practices
· Work-family Interface
· Removing Barriers for Women in Organizations
In these years, the executive board has worked to give a more solid organizational structure to the Alliance: An effort to stabilize funding from member associations by our treasurer (Donald) and a revision of the statutes and rules by our secretary (Ros) to make the procedures.
We have also established four committees that address the following issues:
- organization of the SGMs (Steven Rogelberg, Chair)
- commissioning and production of white papers (Angela Carter, Chair)
- conference programming (Berrin Erdogan & Julie McCarthy, Chairs)
- the establishment of local W/I/O groups (Alison Eyring, Chair).
Thanks to these committees, AOP’s initiatives have expanded substantially, and the chair and members of each committee deserve our thanks.
I am confident about the benefit of AOP’s objectives and that it is a useful mechanism for the development of W/I/O Psychology worldwide. In this transition phase, I know we can count on our new board of energetic and talented people with an enlightened view of the Alliance's role.
Trento, April 24, 2018
Gudela Grote is Professor of Work & Organizational Psychology at the Department of Management, Technology, & Economics at the ETH Zürich, Switzerland. She received her PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA. A special interest in her research are the increasing flexibility & virtuality of work & their consequences for the individual & organizational management of uncertainty. She has published widely on topics in organizational behavior, human factors, human resource management, and safety management. Prof. Grote is associate editor of the journal Safety Science & past president of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology.
Mark L. Poteet owns & operates a consulting practice in Tampa, Florida. He received a BA in Psychology, & a PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, both from the University of Tennessee. His work focuses primarily in the areas of leadership assessment, executive coaching, training & development, & competency modeling. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Baruch College, is Co-Director of the Volunteer Program Assessment at the University of South Florida, is a member of SIOP’s United Nations Committee, and is Associate Editor for the journal Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice.
Dr. Steven G. Rogelberg holds the title of Chancellor’s Professor at UNC Charlotte for distinguished national, international & interdisciplinary contributions. He has over 100 publications addressing issues such as meetings at work, team effectiveness, leadership, employee engagement, & organizational research methods. His research was profiled on Public Television, Radio (e.g., NPR, CBC, CBS), Newspapers (e.g., Chicago Tribune; LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, London Guardian) and Magazines (e.g., National Geographic, Scientific American Mind).
Bonnie received her PhD degree in Organizational Behavior & Human Resource Management from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Her research is dedicated to helping employees achieve & maintain emotional well-being in the workplace. This includes understanding how & when workplace anxiety can both undermine & enhance performance, recovering from job demands & resource depletion, & maintaining productivity. She has published in journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, & Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Her research has been featured in media such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and The New York Times.