Association for Behavior Analysis International

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31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

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Symposium #332
Values in Organizational Change
Monday, May 30, 2005
10:30 AM–11:50 AM
Marquette (3rd floor)
Area: OBM; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Scott A. Herbst (University of Nevada, Reno)
Abstract: A major challenge Faced by Organizational consultants is that the interest of the organization (and its stakeholders) and the employees responsible for producing its goods and services are often at odds. Regularly, the contracting individual represents the interest of the stakeholders with the interest of the employees being considered secondarily and as they relate to the interest of the stakeholders. This symposium will discuss individual and organizational values and how a consultant might approach organizational change without compromising values at either end of this spectrum.
Valuing Profit and Employees Without Compromise
SCOTT A. HERBST (University of Nevada, Reno), Ramona Houmanfar (University of Nevada, Reno)
Abstract: Though there is no general agreement on the matter, some have speculated that capitalism as currently practiced in America, will be unable to sustain current levels of economic prosperity. This paper will discuss reasons for this speculation and provide recommendations as to how behavioral principles might be applied within organizations to redress these problems.
Values and Individual Empowerment Within Organizations: An ACT Perspective
KARA BUNTING (University of Nevada, Reno)
Abstract: Attending to individual and organizational values may enable worker empowerment in a broader context as well as in the context of the organizational community. This session will examine a variety of opportunities for empowering individuals at the level of organizational structure, organizational culture, and the individual worker that are addressed by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Implications and benefits of this approach for the individual worker and the organization as a whole will be discussed.
Using Values to Bring Organizational Culture in Alignment with Organizational Strategy
DONALD TOSTI (Vanguard Consulting)
Abstract: Three case studies will be presented discussing the methodologies of value assessment, alignment, and change. This session will review what worked and what lessons were learned.



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