Association for Behavior Analysis International

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31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

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Invited Paper Session #377
Applications and Value of Behavior Systems Engineering
Monday, May 30, 2005
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Marquette (3rd floor)
Area: OBM; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: William B. Abernathy, Ph.D.
Chair: John Austin (Western Michigan University)
WILLIAM B. ABERNATHY (Abernathy & Associates)
William B. Abernathy, founder of Abernathy & Associates, received his doctorate in Organizational Psychology from Ohio State University and was an Associate Professor at Ohio University. He has twenty-five years of performance improvement consulting experience. Dr. Abernathy is an editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis, the International Society for Performance Improvement, and the American Compensation Association. He has spoken on the topic of performance pay to hundreds of professional and trade associations including the American Management Association, American Compensation Association, American Banking Association, American Psychological Association, International Institute of Industrial Engineers, International Quality and Productivity Center and The Executive Committee. He has provided seminars for the executives of over 2,000 companies on the design of performance improvement systems. Dr. Abernathy has published dozens of articles on performance pay and his work has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, Business Month, Washington Post, U.S. News and World Reports, and others. Dr. Abernathy is the author of Managing Without Supervising: Creating an Organization-Wide Performance System and The Sin of Wages. In 1981, he founded Abernathy & Associates whose exclusive business is designing and managing performance measurement and incentive pay systems. Abernathy & Associates' clients include financial, manufacturing, distribution, retail, hospitality, health care, and education. The OBM Network is pleased to recognize his many contributions as both a scientist and practitioner to behavior analysis by awarding him the Outstanding Contributions Award. In this invited address, Dr. Abernathy presents both the theoretical foundations of his work and applications to business and industry.
Abstract: Behavior Systems Engineering (BSE) is the modification and management of macro and micro organizational reinforcement contingencies to increase the success of the organization. An effective behavior system should benefit the organization’s customers, stockholders, management and workers. The presentation will describe how a behavior system is reengineered, implemented and maintained. A discussion will follow regarding system results and how BSE and performance management can be integrated.



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