The Programme Committee, aided by the International Advisory Group, has put together an invited programme which both reflects our theme Interventions at work – Integrating Science and Practice, and showcases some of the best work in our profession.
Keynote speakers will present some of their game-changing ideas for work & organizational psychology while Current Issue speakers focus on challenges and opportunities for the profession. Invited Symposia highlight research by eminent academics and practitioners, plus there will be events offering the opportunity to consider how research contributes to effective practice. Panel discussions provide a space for lively debate.
Only Connect: 20 years of the Social Identity Approach to Psychology in Organizations
Leadership and Employee Health and Well-Being
Evolution of Emotions and Empathy in the Primates
Do Individuals Make the Place? Employee Influences on Collective Work Performance
Enhancing the sustainability of careers in disruptive times
Post-Pandemic Workplace: The New Unequal?
Everything is cool when you’re part of a team: The role of large-scale collaboration in improving replicability and generalisability
The good, the bad, and the ugly: Trends in leadership and management in a disruptive world
Neuroinclusive by Design
Birkbeck University of London, Genius Within CIC
Title: Neuroinclusive by Design
Abstract: The Neurodiversity movement has come of age and aligns with the social model of disability, wherein disablement occurs as a result of barriers in the environment rather than an impairment of the individual. Neurodiverse conditions such as ADHD, autism, dyslexia and Tourettes are increasingly recognized for their strengths and talents, this narrative has become widely adopted by forward thinking companies as a way to increase their competitive advantage and develop creative thinking. However, the unemployment picture is still one of exclusion, with fewer than 20% of Autists employed, around a third of long term unemployed people dyslexic and over half the prison population with ADHD. To date, inclusion efforts have been directed at individual “reasonable adjustments” and targeted affirmative action programs such as Autism at Work or EY’s dyslexia network. While laudable, it is time to move on to systemic inclusion by “Universal Design”. Nancy’s talk will explain the latest work and findings from the alliance between the Centre for Neurodiversity Research at Work and Genius Within, where we are exploring more upstream interventions, adjusting HR processes throughout the entire employee life cycle to reduce barriers systematically, for all, rather than one at a time.
In the following one hour practical session, Nancy and her research and practice colleagues will hold a workshop and panel discussion with some of their industry partners and clients, who will be able to talk about the everyday experiences of being Neuroinclusive by Design. You will meet some corporate HR practitioners and neurodiverse employees who have lived experiences of neuroinclusion consulting who will discuss their experiences, good and bad (!) and some of the difficulties faced when trying to effect change at the cultural level. We will run some small group exercises to demonstrate the processes of change and generate discussion about the cognitive biases at work when we are deciding what is “normal” at work versus what is required for optimum performance (clue: these are not the same!)
Bio: Dr Nancy Doyle is the founder of Genius Within, a social enterprise dedicated to the full inclusion of neurodiverse people at work. Nancy also co-founded the Centre for Neurodiversity Research at Work. Nancy’s work and research involves assessment coaching and training support for employees and those who are long term unemployed or incarcerated, as well as organizational consulting for organisations wanting to take a proactive approach to neuroinclusion. In recent years, Nancy’s work was featured in the worldwide, award winning series Employable Me, and has been recognized by the BPS for her role influencing the development of neuroinclusive policy in the UK Department for Work and Pensions, Ministry of Justice and the International Labor Organization. Nancy has ADHD and both the Research Centre and Genius Within a majority disability/neurodivergent staffed and led.
The WHY, WHAT and HOW of effective management teams: Why do we need them, what are their characteristics, and how can we develop them?
Title - The WHY, WHAT and HOW of effective management teams: Why do we need them, what are their characteristics, and how can we develop them?
Abstract - I will present a research-based model for effectiveness in management teams, which can be used as roadmap for practitioners who want to develop more effective and well-functioning management teams, and for researchers who want to study factors influencing management team effectiveness. I will propose a “Big Five” of the most typical challenges management teams meet, and suggest ways these challenges can be handled. The presentation will combine my 30 years of practice with developing effective management teams, with my own and others’ research on management teams.
Strategic and International Affairs Adviser to the NATO military
Title - Change and Adaptation: Personal Reflections on 3 Decades of Change in the International Security Environment
Abstract - In the international security environment over the last 30 years, the only constant has been change. Navigating the change, absorbing the change, and building stability on change has required clarity of purpose, a common understanding of core objectives, servant leadership, organizational agility, and the ability to visualize and communicate a path to a common strategic end-state. This session will address personal reflections on 3 decades of adaptation to a constantly changing security environment.
Bio - Stephen R. Covington serves as Strategic and International Affairs Adviser to the NATO military. His three decades of service in NATO extend from the end of the Cold War to the current period. His expertise in the sphere of strategy, negotiations, and problem solving have been relied on by the 11 Supreme Allied Commanders, Europe (SACEUR), the highest ranking military commander in NATO. Mr. Covington is widely published in international security periodicals and books, most recently writing a series of articles on Russia for the Belfer Center at Harvard University.