SOCIETY FOR INDUSTRIAL AND ORGANISATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY OF SOUTH AFRICA (SIOPSA)
The 24th Annual SIOPSA Conference 2022
Industrial Psychology as a Force for Good
Building a Better World
According to the World Economic Forum, “…business can be a force for good, as long as its purpose is not merely to make money but serve the community and satisfy societal needs sustainably”. Building on our previous conference theme (Re-humanising work), the theme for the 2022 conference requires us to think beyond the traditional application of industrial and organisational psychology. More specifically, we need to think about the role of industrial and organisational psychology and its relevance to other stakeholders (and not just organisations) – in essence, industrial, and organisational psychology without borders.
The following design principles, as suggested by Richard Buchanan, could also guide our thinking regarding the role of industrial psychology as a force for good in building a better world:
Work psychologists, people practitioners, behavioural specialists, researchers, academics, business leaders and line managers play an important role in building a better world and positioning themselves as trusted guides for this process.
This topic will be explored through the following sub-themes:
- Building better and sustainable organisations
- Building better societies
- Building better practices
Possible areas of application include, but will not be limited to:
- Corporate Social Responsibility.
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity.
- Employee and organisational wellbeing.
- Employee recruitment and development.
- Ethics and values.
- Humanitarian work psychology.
- Non-profit organisations.
- Positive Psychology.
- Social justice.