Joint Seminar WAOP/KLI 2017-2018, Day 2/4: On tour to Work and Organizational Psychology professors

Kurt Lewin Instituut
Heidelberglaan 1
Room Number H1.42
The Netherlands
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Joint Seminar WAOP/KLI 2017-2018, Day 2/4: On tour to Work and Organizational Psychology professors

Teaching staff
prof. Marise Born, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Coordinator: prof. Nico W. Van Yperen, University of Groningen (WAOP president and Member General Board KLI).

Type of course
Joint Seminars

January 31, 2018

Erasmus University Rotterdam

4 days:
Wednesday, October 4th, 2017: prof. Reinout de Vries, Free University Amsterdam and University of Twente.
Wednesday, January 31st, 2018: prof. Marise Born, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Thursday, March 15, 2018: prof. Evangelia Demerouti, Eindhoven University of Technology
Friday, June 8th,2018: prof. Annelies van Vianen, University of Amsterdam

1.0 ECTC will be appointed for attendance of each seminar. In total, attendants can receive 4.0 ECTS when attending all seminars. It is not compulsory to attend all seminars. Please make sure to register for each seminar that you wish to attend.


WAOP members and KLI members. The WAOP (Werkgemeenschap van onderzoekers in de Arbeids- & OrganisatiePsychologie) is a Dutch Association aiming at the initiation, facilitation, and maintenance of research and training in Work & Organizational psychology in the Netherlands.
The maximum number of attendees per seminar is 20, the minimum is 7. WAOP (non-KLI) members can register with Barbara Kip (University of Groningen): .

Each year, four seminars will be organized. The aims of this joint seminar series are:
(1) To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key concepts, theories, models, methods, and research findings of the research program of a leading W&O scholar or research group in the Netherlands.
(2) To demonstrate the ability to select, understand, value, and integrate relevant scientific literature, and to formulate judgments on the basis of the available information.
(3) To extend one's network with senior researchers that may PhD students in W&O Psychology help to advance their academic career. In 2017-2018, the topics are:

1. Substance and Style in Personality and Leadership
2. Personnel Selection and Validity Generalization Analysis
3. Job Crafting from a Diary Perspective
4. The Basic Tenets of Person-Environmental Fit

Day 2, Wednesday, January 31 2018, prof. Marise Born, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Topic: Personnel Selection and Validity Generalization Analysis.

Personnel selection is one of the oldest and most important applied domains within psychology (Hofstee, 1970; 1983). Already in 1928, Clark Hull wondered how to predict differences among workers in their productivity (Cook, 2016). This interactive workshop will walk through the best moments across more than 100 years of research in personnel selection: What criteria to be predicted (work analysis), what individual differences should be measured, and how to integrate this information into a prediction and a selection decision? The angle we will take is to place personnel selection in the major changes occurring today because of the digital revolution: How is digitalization impacting on what we have learned to far about personnel selection? The following key issues will be explored based on state of the art research: What are the 21st century work requirements? Is the psychological test replaced by serious games and social network sites screening? Are formulas and algorithms replacing humans in collecting information among applicants by means of big data scraping to predict their future job performance? What works better? We will discuss considerations as formulated by Kuncel et al. (2013). Furthermore, to answer the simple question whether a selection method works, validity generalization analysis (VGA) pools the results of many predictive validity findings into a single estimate of validity. VGA corrects for methodological artefacts such as sampling error and predictor reliability. We will look at VGA by means of several examples, and discuss criticisms on VGA, such as correcting for indirect restriction of range.

In each one-day seminar (6 hours), a senior scholar presents work on his/her specialization, including both methodological and theoretical components. The W&O scholar sends the attendees three to four key publications about two weeks in advance (8 hours). After each seminar (within two weeks), the attendees write a brief paper (approximately 1500 words, 14 hours, pass/fail evaluation) consisting of the following parts:
(1) A description of theoretical approach or research methodology discussed in the seminar.
(2) The application of the research methodology or theory learned in the seminar in the form of a study proposal which includes at least one specific hypothesis.
(3) A plan on how the student could integrate the learned research methodology or theory in his/her PhD project, including possible opportunities and challenges.

Each seminar 3-4 articles/chapters, to be announced.

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