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I-O In Action Blog

Featuring HOT TOPICS and HOTTER DISCUSSIONS changing monthly

Among IO affiliates of the Center for Workplace Diversity Research -

By Emerging PhDs in Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Our Plan:  The first Monday of each month a new contributor will introduce the Topic of the Month by posting a stimulating, informative, and challenging topic posting some initial comments.  During the week anyone with interest in the topic is invited to respond and/or contribute.  The lead contributor of the month will monitor posts and respond as appropriate. For the remaining Mondays of the month, the lead contributor will add to the original position piece encouraging additional discussion.  Some features we plan on incorporating are links to other blogs on our site, links to other websites, interesting graphics, interactive games and activities, user surveys, participant profiles, ability to subscribe and be notified when posts occur.

Want something else?  We welcome suggestions.  Send them to Kelley.Conrad@Phoenix.edu

Want to be a contributor?  Send your name, email, I-O interest area, and topic of interest to Kelley.Conrad@phoenix.edu

Have questions? Email them to Kelley.Conrad@phoenix.edu


Upcoming Schedule:




Developing your Programmatic Research Strategy

Kelley Conrad

Mar 16 – Mar 30

Women and Minorities in the Craft Brewing Industry

Jenni Mastal Adams

April 6 - April 30

Technology Enabled Training – A Trending IO Topic

Dean Hansen

May 4 – May 29

Breaking the Glass Ceiling on Corporate Boards

Sherry Jennings

June 1 – June 30

Globalization and the psychosocial constructs of employability

Bobbie Murray

July 6 – July 31

Emerging Trends within Organizations Concerning Recruitment, Selection, and Placement Practices.

Jetonga Keel

Aug 3 – Aug 31

Leveraging Diversity to Your Advantage

Jeffrey Beisler

Sep 7 – Sep 30

Employee Turnover in Small Businesses

Octavia Askew

Oct 5 – Oct 30


We hope you are excited by our plans, we are.  To make sure our blog shows up, it is important for you to affiliate with the Center for Workplace Diversity Research.  That way you can be notified when a new posting is made and when comments are added.  Being affiliated will also enable you to post comments to the blog.  Also, make sure you update your profile since it will be linked to all your posts.

If you are an IO student or faculty and have a topic on which you would like to blog for a month, please let me know your topic and we will put you on the schedule.  Hopefully, we will all find this a lively and interesting forum for the exchange of IO topical ideas.

Kelley Conrad, PhD, Full Time Academic Faculty I-O PhD Program


Kelley Conrad's picture Kelley Conrad | March 20, 2015 10:20 am MST

Developing your Programmatic Research Strategy

By Kelley A. Conrad, PhD, Full Time Academic Faculty

Monday, March 23, 2015

                In the November 2014 issue of the APS Observer, I read an interesting article by Inna Arnaudova titled, “Ten Tips for Developing a Programmatic Line of Research.”  Arnaudova makes the important point that often students complete studies in unrelated areas on unrelated topics.  She makes the point that in order to begin to establish one’s reputation in a field, it is important focus on an area and build a steady stream of articles on one topic.  This strategy marks the individual as an accomplished scientist.  Arnaudova listed the following ten tips for implementing this strategy:

  1. Start with a specific project.
  2. Have a strong paradigm.
  3. Work with your supervisor.
  4. Look for inspiration.
  5. Attend conferences and network.
  6. Spend less time thinking about theoretical issues.
  7. Collaborate with students and research assistants.
  8. Present your research as a narrative.
  9. Be persistent but know when to quit.
  10. Be a researcher. (pp. 31-32)

Over the next few weeks, we will be discussing these ideas and how to implement them to create your own programmatic research strategy.

My Disappointment

                I think one reason Arnaudova’s article struck a chord with me was that I realized I have not done this in my own career.  As I look at what some other researchers have accomplished by being more focused, I feel disappointed that I have not focused my own research in a way so as to build a more cohesive body of research and some personal identity as a researcher in an area of IO psychology.

                Let us begin our blog by considering the first of Arnaudova’s tips:

  1. 1.       Start with a specific project.

Arnaudova suggests finding your own niche.  I often suggest to students to select a dissertation topic about which they feel passionate.  This is not as easy as it sounds.  We know from research that personal passion is a key to motivation and sustained effort.  Our choices are determined by our understanding of how a particular experience will impact our well-being.  Zigarmi, Nimon, Houson, Witt, and Diehl (2011) identified 12 factors influencing passion.  The top four were task variety, autonomy, connectedness to colleagues, and procedural justice. 

This means to sustain our passion for a project or effort we need to feel the choice will provide opportunities to go beyond the routine, to allow us to proceed based on our own thinking, enable us to connect meaningfully to our fellow workers and professionals, and apply ourselves as we feel appropriate on behalf of our employers. 


Instead of thinking short term and considering only the immediate targets required for performance in classes or degree programs, I would have been better off to have identified a topical focus related to my intended career, one closely related to my interests, and developed that into research projects that could have built one on the other over time.

Have you identified a topic for your research with career focus potential?

Please share your topic and briefly explain your rationale for selecting it.

Why do you feel it will provide a lasting career focus for your research?


Arnaudova, I. (2014). Ten tips for developing a programmatic line of research. APS Observer, 27(9), 31-32.

Zigarmi, D., Nimon, K., Houson, D., Witt, D., & Diehl, J. (2009) Beyond engagement: toward a framework and operational definition for employee work passion. Human Resource Development Review, 8, 300-326.

About the Author

Kelley Conrad



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