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SIOPSA 20th Annual Conference (2018)

Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa
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2018 Annual SIOPSA Conference: First Call for Abstracts

Collaboration can improve significance of organisations and society at large. However, it comes with a conscious level of effort and it calls for commitment by all the “artists” involved. Leading organisations invest in collaboration efforts and these strategic investments focus on people, process, associative platforms and effective implementation programmes. Multiple organisational stakeholders, both internally and externally find momentum through a common purpose, sharing of goals, taking action and a sincere appetite for continuous improvement. Therefore, the essence of a collaborative relationship is to reach agreement for co-creation, alignment, disciplined execution and learning from feedback and evaluation. Mutual benefit is experienced when the relationship between collaborative partners has led to mutual respect, sincerity, trust and an abundance of reciprocal acts which contributes to the greater good.

Blurred ownership and an increase in boundaryless organisations have impacted the systems and processes in which to conduct business. Current volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA) is influencing the mindsets and toolsets for decision-making and organisational effectiveness.  The impact of distributive leadership requires fair participation of good governance and ethical behaviours in the world of work. Intertwined with a socio-economic, politically challenging and expansive technological context, the role of Industrial and Organisational Psychologists (IOPs) is becoming more and more critical to strengthen partnerships with business and the larger society. IOPs are capable to facilitate synergistic relationships and societal wellness. “The art of collaboration” intends to serve as catalyst for innovation and change in the field of I-O Psychology (Cushenbery & Gabriel, 2014).

The 20th Annual SIOPSA Conference will provide IOP practitioners, researchers, emerging psychologists and all interested stakeholders with a platform to join the dialogue for sharing and learning new and innovative ways in which organisational psychological principles may be applied in the current VUCA context.

SIOPSA views collaboration through three themes:

  • Complexity and Uncertainty
  • Capability and a Collaborative Enterprise
  • Cooperation and Coordination within Social Processes

Through multiple stakeholder interactions within and outside of the IOP profession we invite strategic partnerships to contribute to ‘The art of collaboration”. The conference theme for 2018 includes reaching both scientific and practical experiences of participants who collaborate daily with clients, universities, organisations and other industry leaders.

We look forward to reinforcement of the efforts of IOPs, business and multidisciplinary stakeholders to co-create through “The art of collaboration” a sustainable way of being to the future world of work.

We invite submissions that contribute to the theme and encourage ideas for symposia, round table and panel discussions. However, we believe each intervention can contribute to the collective learning and growth of our members and, therefore, invite you to submit your abstracts around your key success stories, not just around the conference theme.

Kindly submit your research papers, panel discussions, symposia, round table discussions, case studies, conference workshops and master classes. These could encompass theoretical, conceptual or empirical contributions relating to psychological processes, principles and paradigms, across diverse practice domains.

Abstract Submission guidelines: click here

Presentation/session types

The SIOPSA program has different session types. To submit a proposal, you will need to adhere to the proposal format requirements for that session type. That is, each of the session types has a specific proposal format associated with it.

Click on the relevant session type below to submit your abstract:

Case Study (45 mins)

A Case Study should offer practical, specific advice concerning how to conduct a particular type of research or practice, e.g., design of a situational interview, how to manage change, how to run a consultancy. Case Studies are ideal for practitioners who wish to share an aspect of their expertise or experience.  However, they are not intended to be marketing opportunities. Submissions will undergo peer review.

Master Tutorial (45 mins)

The primary purpose of the Master Tutorial is to develop and educate the audience about a focal I-O topic. As examples, tutorials might be developed to provide an update on a specified content area, discuss a new statistical technique, or describe how knowledge from another discipline can be applied to an I-O problem or topic. Topics that are not appropriate include descriptions of products that the presenter is marketing.

Panel Discussion (1 hour – 1 hour, 45 mins)

In a Panel Discussion, the chairperson plays a very active role, serving as the moderator who asks questions of the panel members and ensures that all panel members (three to five people) have the opportunity to speak. Panel Discussions should generate spontaneous interaction among panel members and between panel members and the audience. Diversity among panel members is important to the success of the session. Further, all panel members must recognise the need for preparation. A Panel Discussion proposal should describe the questions that will be addressed by the panel, the underlying issues or themes to be discussed, and the structure or format of the session. Submissions that do not have at least three presenters with different affiliations in the session (i.e., every presenter cannot be from the same institution) will not be accepted. Panel member information must be submitted with the submission (complete this online).

Poster (45 mins)

Poster sessions give participants opportunities to present individual papers. At each poster session, many authors simultaneously present their papers, primarily in a visual medium, with key excerpts from the papers displayed on large boards (8’ x 10’). The audience circulates among posters and stops to discuss papers of particular interest with the authors. Papers submitted for poster presentation must represent completed work. Poster submissions will be peer reviewed, and there will be a prize for the best poster

Research Paper (45 mins)

Papers submitted for research presentations must represent completed, original (i.e. has not been published or presented elsewhere) work. PhD work in progress will be considered as well. Submissions will be peer reviewed. If there are more acceptable papers than slots available for oral presentation, then an offer will be made to present as a Poster.

Roundtable (1 hour)

The typical approach for this session type is to have one or two experts on a focal scientific or practical I-O topic serve as hosts. Members of the audience are typically seated in a circle to facilitate their active participation in the discussion with the hosts and with each other. The purposes of this session type include helping attendees with problems they are currently facing, discussing the latest developments in an area, and/or developing contacts with people who have similar interests. Although the expert(s) may wish to make a short presentation to begin the session, the majority of time should be devoted to answering questions from the audience and/or promoting discussion and networking. Panel member information must be submitted with the submission (complete this online).

Workshop (half day only)

There are a limited number of slots available for interested persons to present a workshop. A workshop provides an opportunity for interactive 4-hour sessions in which the workshop delegates will partake actively in the learning opportunity. Experiential learning, handouts, checklist, videos or audio are encouraged as useful tools to create interaction.

Symposium (1 hour, 45 mins)

A symposium is a multi-presenter session. Any multi-presenter session proposing research, practice, theory, and teaching-oriented content should be submitted here. A symposium can also be presented by an Interest Group on a specialised/particular topic of interest. Participants in a symposium should include a chairperson and three to four presenters. A symposium often includes discussants, but it does not have to do so.   We encourage submissions in which diverse and novel perspectives are presented, including sessions in which the audience plays the role of discussant and the chair facilitates the discussion.

Deadline for submission is:  Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Please remember to ensure that you submit your abstract in the correct format. Submissions that do not comply with the abstract guidelines will not be accepted.

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