Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

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Invited Tutorial #166
CE Offered: BACB
Using Metacontingencies to Plan and Manage Strategic Growth of Organizations
Sunday, May 30, 2010
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Ballroom A (CC)
Area: CSE/OBM; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Raymond Miltenberger, Ph.D.
Chair: Ramona Houmanfar (University of Nevada, Reno)
Presenting Authors: : MARIA E. MALOTT (Association for Behavior Analysis International)
Abstract: The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1974. In the last 20 years, ABAI has grown significantly. Membership has increased 164% (from 2,009 members in 1989 to 5,299 in 2009); affiliated chapters, 172% (from 25 to 68 chapters, now with nearly 14,000 members); special interest groups, 107% (from 15 to 31 groups); annual convention registration, 267% (from 1,257 to 4,594 attendees); and participation in its boards and committees, 360% (from 91 to over 328 volunteer participants). In addition, ABAI has diversified its products and services and continues to develop new ones every year; for instance, it now produces three journals, conducts specialized events and international conferences, and offers a variety of web-based services. The administrative staff has increased from 1 to 20 and ABAI recently purchased and moved into new headquarters, its second building in the past seven years. This presentation will use the growth experience of ABAI to illustrate how metacontingencies can be used to successfully plan and manage strategic growth of organizations. The demonstration is based on the organizational management approach presented in the book Paradox of Organizational Change (Malott, M. E., 2003).
MARIA E. MALOTT (Association for Behavior Analysis International)
Maria Malott entered the graduate program in applied behavior analysis at Western Michigan University, obtaining her Ph.D. in 1987. In 1989 she was hired as Production Manager at Ronningen Research & Development and within two years was Vice-President of manufacturing for that company. In 1993, she began a consulting career, and has consulted in advertising, restaurants, retail, manufacturing, hotels, banks, government, and institutions. Her clients have included General Motors Corporation; Meijer, Inc.; Kellogg's; Pharmacia & Upjohn; the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; and the Cancer Prevention Research Institute at the University of Arizona. In all of this work, Dr. Malott combines systems analysis with the analysis of individual behavior within systems and, in the process, has taught dozens of corporate executives to appreciate the power of behavioral principles. Dr. Malott has been a visiting scholar at 32 universities in 17 different countries and has served as an affiliated faculty member at five universities. She has served on four editorial boards and is the author of a book on organizational change, published in Spanish and in English, and co-author of 2nd, 3rd, and 4th editions of one of the most widely used and often-translated textbooks in behavior analysis: Elementary Principles of Behavior. Dr. Malott was the recipient of the 2003 Award for International Dissemination of Behavior Analysis and the 2004 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Organizational Behavior Management. In 1993, she agreed to serve as part-time Executive Director of the Association for Behavior Analysis and is now its CEO. Within a few short years, the association rose from near-bankruptcy to a financially stable scientific and professional organization. Her organizational behavior management skills have been applied to every aspect of the operation of ABAI, which serves over 5,200 members and as the parent organization of 68 affiliated chapters.



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