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A Systems-Based Approach to Fostering Robust Science in Industrial-Organizational Psychology

  • James A. Grand (a1), Steven G. Rogelberg (a2), Tammy D. Allen (a3), Ronald S. Landis (a4), Douglas H. Reynolds (a5), John C. Scott (a6), Scott Tonidandel (a7) and Donald M. Truxillo (a8)...


Credibility and trustworthiness are the bedrock upon which any science is built. The strength of these foundations has been increasingly questioned across the sciences as instances of research misconduct and mounting concerns over the prevalence of detrimental research practices have been identified. Consequently, the purpose of this article is to encourage our scientific community to positively and proactively engage in efforts that foster a healthy and robust industrial and organizational (I-O) psychology. We begin by advancing six defining principles that we believe reflect the values of robust science and offer criteria for evaluating proposed efforts to change scientific practices. Recognizing that the contemporary scientific enterprise is a complex and diverse network of actors and institutions, we then conclude by identifying 12 stakeholders who play important roles in achieving a culture of robust science in I-O psychology and offer recommendations for actions we can take as members of these groups to strengthen our science.

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The authors of this article are members of a task force on Robust and Reliable Science created by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). The task force was charged with evaluating the state of research practices in the field of industrial and organizational (I-O) psychology and with providing recommendations to SIOP's Executive Board for areas where targeted improvements could be directed. Summary material from this article was presented in a report to the Executive Board prior to SIOP's annual conference in April 2017. The intention of this focal article, which went through the journal peer review process, is to summarize the initial outcomes generated by the task force and elicit commentary from a wider range of stakeholders to critique, discuss, and expand upon these positions. The information and input received from these commentaries will be incorporated into a subsequent final report delivered to SIOP's Executive Board in February 2018. Our hope is that the collective discussion of these topics and the development and endorsement of a set of principles by our community will serve as a basis for future decisions and initiatives within SIOP and our broader profession that facilitate an even stronger and more robust science within I-O psychology.



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