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2014 Seminar on Leadership and Cultural Change

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Invited Panel #6
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Leadership Influence in Organizations and Society
Friday, May 23, 2014
4:30 PM–5:50 PM
W190a (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: OBM; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Timothy D. Ludwig (Appalachian State University)
CE Instructor: Ramona Houmanfar, Ph.D.
Panelists: WILLIAM B. ABERNATHY (Southeastern Louisiana University, Aubrey Daniels International), DONALD A. HANTULA (Temple University), MARK P. ALAVOSIUS (University of Nevada, Reno)

Leadership of the private sector affects socially significant practices inside (employees' health, safety, and financial wellbeing, etc.) and outside of organizations (e.g., consumer practices). By drawing upon their pioneering work in Organizational Behavior Management, panelists will provide comments regarding this theme of the Seminar on Leadership and Cultural Change. The panelists will discuss ways by which organizational leaders can promote 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. It will address how behavior analysis finds common ground with other sciences by investigating the behavior of leaders who influence organizations and society.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Psychologists, behavior analysts, graduate students, and anyone interested in organizational behavior management applied in the private sector.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants should be able to (1) Describe the status of contemporary organizational practices and consider the impact behavior analysis has had on private sector; (2) Describe pathways to follow that advance evidence-based organizational technologies and the contributions offered by behavior analysis; and (3) Identify themes in society and culture at large that influence leaders of behavior analysis to apply our science to organizations.
WILLIAM B. ABERNATHY (Southeastern Louisiana University, Aubrey Daniels International)
Dr. William Abernathy received his doctorate in I/O Psychology from The Ohio State University and taught at Ohio University. He joined Edward J. Feeney and Associates, a consulting firm that specialized in performance improvement. As a consultant, he worked with Victoria Stations Restaurants, Security Pacific Bank, Sovran Bank, and the Franklin Mint. Dr. Abernathy founded his own consulting firm in 1981. Abernathy & Associates specialized in the implementation of organizationwide performance measurement and performance pay systems and worked with more than 170 client organizations in the U.S. Europe, Canada, and Central America. In 2004, he sold his company to Aubrey Daniels International and now assists in its client implementations. Dr. Abernathy developed and coordinates a new master’s degree in I/O Psychology at Southeastern Louisiana University. He is the author of The Sin of Wages, Pay for Profit, and Human Diagnostics.
DONALD A. HANTULA (Temple University)
Donald Hantula is an associate professor of psychology and director of the Decision Laboratory at Temple University and associate editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. His research includes behavior analysis, behavioral economics, human decision making in dynamic environments, and technological applications. He has previously held positions in occupational health promotion at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, human resource management at King’s College, and management information systems at St. Joseph’s University. Dr. Hantula also was a visiting scholar at the University of Nevada, Reno. His research has appeared in American Psychologist, IEEE Transactions, the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, the Journal of Applied Physiology, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Process. His most recent book is Consumer Behavior Analysis: (A) Rational Approach to Consumer Choice written with Victoria Wells.
MARK P. ALAVOSIUS (University of Nevada, Reno)
Mark Alavosius, Ph.D., received his BA in psychology from Clark University in 1976 and his MS (1985) and Ph.D. (1987) in psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His efforts are in developing behavioral systems to improve organizational performance particularly in the areas of health and safety. These focus on behavior systems analysis, management practices, instructional design, incentives, and entrepreneurial behavior. He has been principal investigator on Small Business Innovation Research grants to develop and evaluate behavioral safety systems for small employers. He held faculty appointments at Western Michigan University, West Virginia University, and the University of Nevada. He has held senior leadership positions in organizations providing safety management services and support technologies to business and industry. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and member of the board of editors for Behavior and Social Issues. He was president of the Nevada Association for Behavior Analysis and is a trustee of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, chairperson of the CCBS commission on accreditation of corporate safety programs and content expert of the CCBS Environmental/Green solutions area. With more than 30 years of experience focused on behavioral approaches to work performance and occupational safety and more than 220 papers and conference presentations, Dr. Alavosius has a proven track record as a teacher, manager, small business owner, and researcher.
Keyword(s): Leadership Seminar, OMB, private sector



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