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Scott Tonidandel - The Intersection of Organizational Science and Big Data

  • NYU Wasserman Center 133 East 13th Street New York, NY, 10003 United States (map)

Please join us for Metro’s next meeting on Thursday, June 13th! Our speaker will be Dr. Scott Tonidandel, whose talk is titled The Intersection of Organizational Science and Big Data.

Event Description:

In this talk, I will describe four projects that leverage approaches from computer science to gain insight into traditional organizational science questions. The first example is a study that uses email trace data to examine the impact of diversity on team functioning. In the second example, we use natural language processing tools to categorize unstructured text responses from over 8,000 leaders to understand the kinds of challenges leaders are facing. As a third example, I will talk about how we have used deep learning to automate the scoring of assessment center exercises. Finally, I will describe a project using a multifaceted data science approach to studying workplace isolation.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Scott Tonidandel is a Professor of Management in the Belk College of Business at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte and is a faculty member of the Organizational Science Ph.D. program. Scott received his M.A. & Ph.D. in industrial-organizational psychology from Rice University and his B.A. from Davidson College where he also served on the faculty for 16 years. Scott’s research interests include issues related to leadership effectiveness, the impact of diversity in organizations, and research methods and statistics. His recent work focuses on people analytics and the intersection of big data and the organizational sciences.  He co-edited the SIOP Frontiers series volume titled Big Data at Work: The Data Science Revolution and Organizational Psychology and recently completed work on an NSF funded project that uses sensors to understand team interactions and the impact of diversity.  Scott serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Business and Psychology, is a former associate editor forOrganizational Research Methods, and is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Other Important Announcements: 

I. METRO wants to hear your feedback: We’re looking to better understand our membership and what our members expect from METRO, and we hope you take the time to share your thoughts. We are requesting that you please complete this brief survey by Monday June 10th. We look forward to hearing from you! To complete the survey please click here.

II. Upcoming Secretary Election: As a reminder, we are seeking nominations and self-nominations for the next METRO Secretary for 2019-2020. METRO officers serve one consecutive year each as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-President and President. The Secretary works closely with the Executive Board, primarily managing monthly meeting announcements and other ad-hoc notices to members.  This is a 4-year, voluntary commitment and METRO bylaws require that officers hold a PhD. 

How to nominate yourself or someone else: All nominations should be emailed to us ( by Friday May 31stIf you are nominated, send us short bio by Friday June 7th. We will send this bio out to all members for voting. On our next meeting, Thursday June 13th, all nominees will have one minute each to introduce themselves and their message to the voting community. Please come prepared to do a quick introduction at the start of the June meeting. Voting will follow the June meeting.

III. METRO’s Upcoming Website Transition: METRO’s current membership website host RunMyClub is no longer going to be in operation and are working toward finding an alternative solution We will update you all once we have more information. In the meantime, please know you can renew membership at the door before each meeting; we can accept cash or checks only.

We are seeking membership website transition volunteers: If you would like to volunteer your time and/or website experience, we would appreciate any support to help us in this transition period. If you would like to volunteer, please email us to find out how you can do so.


Due to our upcoming transition from our current membership website, you will not be able to register online for the June event. Instead, please RSVP by 6/12/2019 via email:

Note: In lieu of charging for this event, we will be accepting donations from any/all meeting attendees to help offset some of the costs as METRO transitions membership website hosts. If you are not yet a member, we hope you will be inspired to join us in the future, and if you are already a member we thank you for your continued support.

Event RSVP:

RSVP by 6/12/2019 via email:

Event Pricing:

No Charge, Accepting Donations to help offset the transition to a new METRO Membership website

Reach out to reserve a spot to join the board and the presenter at dinner following the event!

One METRO member is welcome to dinner post-presentation with the board and presenter. This is on a first come, first serve basis for any METRO member to attend dinner immediately after the presentation. Email to reserve your seat!

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