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31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

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Invited Paper Session #192
CE Offered: BACB

Addressing the Complex and Dynamic Nature of Organizations

Sunday, May 29, 2005
1:30 PM–2:20 PM
Marquette (3rd floor)
Area: OBM; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Maria E. Malott, Ph.D.
Chair: Ramona Houmanfar (University of Nevada, Reno)
MARIA E. MALOTT (Malott and Associates)
Dr. Maria E. Malott received her Ph.D. in applied behavior analysis from Western Michigan University in 1987. She has worked in process improvement and organizational management for nearly two decades in a variety of industries, including service, manufacturing, retail, education, and government. She has done organizational management work in public administration, the private sector and for educational systems in several Latin-American countries, including Mexico, Colombia, Uruguay, Peru, and Venezuela. Dr. Malott has served as the Executive Director of the Association for Behavior Analysis and Secretary-Treasurer of the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis since 1993. She is an adjunct faculty member at five universities and has collaborated with 33 universities around the world. She has presented over 150 papers and nearly 50 workshops in 17 countries.

Organizations are complicated entities: They incorporate constant, countless dynamic interconnections among behavioral contingencies of many individuals, and yet each configuration of interconnections is unique and temporary. In this context, linear approaches are insufficient to account for and manage organizational change. This presentation will address the complex, transient dynamics within organizations and propose methodological considerations for successful organizational change.




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