Association for Behavior Analysis International

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36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

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Paper Session #471
Assessment in Organizational Behavior Management
Monday, May 31, 2010
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Republic B (Grand Hyatt)
Area: OBM
Chair: Ramona Houmanfar (University of Nevada, Reno)
Cooperation in a Simulated Work Environment: Assessing the Interaction Between Rules and Pay for Performance
Domain: Experimental Analysis
SHARLET D. RAFACZ (University of Nevada, Reno), Ramona Houmanfar (University of Nevada, Reno)
Abstract: Prior research on cooperation in a business environment has primarily relied upon financial consequences to increase or decrease cooperative responding. When individuals do not behave according to these financial contingencies, a post hoc attribution to social or verbal contingencies is a typical default explanation. The current study seeks to directly address the role of rules in a simulated work environment. More specifically, our goal is to determine the possible role that rules play in the analysis of cooperative behavior under different pay contingencies for performance. In this study, the selection of rules or statements regarding cooperation is identified using the Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (IRAP) which accounts for participants’ existing derived relations among verbal stimuli (D. Barnes-Holmes et al., 2006). Based on our current assessment data, statements incorporating key words are systematically introduced in an alternating treatments design under different financial conditions. In short, the potential for the rules to function as verbal establishing stimuli (i.e., motivative augmentals) and the implications of our IRAP data for application in business will be discussed.
A Review of the Use of Functional Assessment in Organizational Behavior Management
Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
KRYSTYNA A. ORIZONDO-KOROTKO (Western Michigan University), Amy Gross (Western Michigan University), John Austin (Western Michigan University)
Abstract: This presentation will show the data compiled from a review of the use of functional assessment methods in the organizational behavior management (OBM) literature from the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. Although utilizing functional assessment is common practice in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA), OBM researchers and practitioners have not fully adopted this method. While there are a few issues that may be preventing OBM researchers from conducting their own forms of functional assessment, that does not necessarily mean that functional assessment methods are not needed, or effective, in organizational settings. The indisputable success of functional assessment in ABA is reason enough to believe that similar successes can occur in OBM research and practice. The purpose of this review was to evaluate the extent to which assessment procedures have been utilized in OBM studies in order to identify the variables maintaining problem behaviors and to guide intervention choice, and to compare the intervention effectiveness between studies that utilized assessment procedures with those that did not. This presentation will discuss the methods of the review and the resulting data.



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