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Steve W. J. Kozlowski - Big Data and Computational Organizational Science: On and Over the Horizon

Metro is excited to announce Dr. Steve W. J. Kozlowski as the organization's next speaker on Thursday, December 7th! Below is information on Dr. Kozlowski's talk along with his bio. We look forward to seeing you there! Registration will begin soon, so stay tuned for updates.

Event Details:

Popular trends in the application of big data techniques in organizations are primarily focused on integrating and mining large-scale source data on operations to improve efficiency, customers to improve sales and service delivery, or on employee characteristics and performance (i.e., talent analytics) to improve talent management. Somewhat under the radar are more targeted big data efforts that are developing new technologies, tools, and methodologies to advance a computational organizational science, which has the potential to fundamentally change the science and practice of organizational psychology and behavior. These efforts are focused on gaining insights about social networks, process dynamics, and emergent phenomena that underlie individual, team, and system evolution, adaptation, and effectiveness.

To illustrate the potential of these new approaches, I will describe two exemplars based on current work in progress that are just on and a bit over the horizon. I will highlight the development of: (a) a sensor system – a badge – designed to capture team interaction processes in real time to improve team effectiveness and (b) a computational architecture designed to model the process dynamics of teams and systems of teams that can be used for virtual experimentation, prediction, and prescription to improve system effectiveness. Both the underlying science challenges and the application targets will be discussed.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Steve W. J. Kozlowski is a Professor of Organizational Psychology at Michigan State
University. He is a recognized authority in the areas of multilevel theory; team leadership and team effectiveness; and learning, training, and adaptation. The goal of his programmatic research is to generate actionable theory, research-based principles, and deployable tools to develop adaptive individuals, teams, and organizations. His research is, or has been, supported by the Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Office of Naval Research (ONR), among others. His research has generated over $10M in funded work. He has produced over 500 articles, books, chapters, reports, and presentations. His work has been cited over 22,000 times (Google Scholar).

Dr. Kozlowski is the recipient of the SIOP Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award and the INGRoup McGrath Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Study of Groups. He is Editor for the Oxford Series on Organizational Psychology and Behavior and for the new SIOP/Oxford Organizational Science, Translation, and Practice Series. He is the former Editor-in- Chief and a former Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Psychology. He is an Editorial Board Member for the Academy of Management Review, the Journal of Management, and Leadership Quarterly, and has served on the Editorial Boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Human Factors, the Journal of Applied Psychology, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the International Association for Applied Psychology, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). He was President of SIOP (2015-2016) and is the SIOP Research and Science Officer (2017-2020).

Dr. Kozlowski received his B.A. in psychology from the University of Rhode Island, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in organizational psychology from The Pennsylvania State University.