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2014 Seminar on Leadership and Cultural Change

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Invited Paper Session #1
CE Offered: PSY/BACB

Leadership and Cultural Change: A Behavior Scientific Overview

Friday, May 23, 2014
10:00 AM–10:20 AM
W190a (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: OBM; Domain: Applied Research
Instruction Level: Basic
CE Instructor: Ramona Houmanfar, Ph.D.
Chair: Ramona Houmanfar (University of Nevada, Reno)
RAMONA HOUMANFAR (University of Nevada, Reno)
Dr. Ramona Houmanfar joined the faculty in the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada Reno in 1998. She is currently an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at UNR and serves as the director of the Behavior Analysis Program at UNR, trustee of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, chair of the Organizational Behavior Management Section of Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and an editorial board member of Behavior and Social Issues. Dr. Houmanfar also is the former senior co-chair of the Association for Behavior Analysis, director of the Organizational Behavior Management Network, and president of the Nevada Association for Behavior Analysis. Dr. Houmanfar has published dozens of articles and chapters, delivered more than 100 presentations at regional, national, and international conferences in the areas of rule governance, communication networks, organizational change, cultural psychology, and bilingual repertoire analysis and learning. She has published two co-edited books titled Organizational Change (Context Press) and Understanding Complexity in Organizations (Taylor & Francis Group).

Behavior analysis finds common ground with other sciences investigating leadership behavior and practices that influence not only organizations but also cultures. Recent trends interrelating the global economy and socially significant practices (related to health, education, and sustainability, etc.) highlight the role of leadership and related behaviors (e.g., decision making) as among the key factors influencing cultural change. By drawing upon these points, this presentation will provide a set of opening comments for the Seminar on Leadership and Cultural Change, which is designed to aid organizations and leaders to create new models of stewardship and open opportunities for innovation while adjusting to growing social upheaval, technological advances, and environmental concerns, as well as crises in the global economy, health, education, and environment.

Target Audience:

Psychologists, behavior analysts, graduate students, and anyone interested in leadership.

Learning Objectives: Forthcoming.
Keyword(s): Leadership Seminar



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