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

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

Teaching staff
prof. Annelies van Vianen, University of Amsterdam. Coordinator: prof. Nico W. Van Yperen, University of Groningen (WAOP president and Member General Board KLI).

Type of course
Joint Seminars

June 8, 2018

University of Amsterdam

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 4, Friday, June 8 2018, prof. Annelies van Vianen, University of Amsterdam
Topic: The Basic Tenets of Person-Environmental Fit

Person - Environment (P-E) fit theory relies on three basic assumptions: (1) the person and the environment together predict human behavior better than each of them separately, (2) outcomes are most optimal when personal and environmental attributes are compatible at all levels, and (3) the direction of misfit between the person and the environment doesn’t matter. The methods that have been used to test fit theory vary greatly and impact the fit-outcome relationship differently. In the KLI-WAOP seminar, the different methods to test fit-outcome relationships will be discussed with regard to their pros, cons, usability, and adequacy to test P-E fit theory. The seminar will be particularly focused on reviewing P-E fit research that used polynomial regression to establish fit effects because this analytical technique enables a real test of P-E fit theory. Moreover, polynomial regression and surface plot analyses reveal the strengths and weaknesses of prior research and important questions that have to be answered yet. Connecting P-E fit theory to approach-avoidance theories, we address, for example, the question whether individuals suffer more from being unable to attain the environment they prefer (i.e., misfit on environmental attributes individuals find attractive) or from being unable to avoid the environment they despise (i.e., misfit on environmental attributes individuals find unattractive). Finally, in this seminar, we will discuss options for integrating fit theory in other research domains and/or applying polynomial regression and surface plot analyses to other research questions.

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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