Welcome to the Alliance for Organizational Psychology

The Alliance is a federation of Work, Industrial, and Organizational Psychology societies from around the world.  

The Alliance has been established by the Organizational Psychology Division of the International Association for Applied Psychology ( Division 1), the European Association for Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP), and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). 

In 2017 the Canadian Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (CSIOP) formally joined the Alliance for Organizational Psychology (AOP) under the leadership of its then current Chair and now CSIOP delegate to the Alliance, Lynda Zugec (lynda.zugec@theworkforceconsultants.com).

Alliance Officers for 2018-2022

Gudela Grote, President

Gudela Grote is Professor of Work and Organizational Psychology at the Department of Management, Technology, and Economics at the ETH Zürich, Switzerland. She received her PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA. A special interest in her research is the increasing flexibility and virtuality of work and their uncertain consequences for the individual and organizational management. She has published widely on topics in organizational behavior, human factors, human resource management, and safety management. Prof. Grote is associate editor of the journal Safety Science and past president of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology.

Gudela Grote, President

Steven Rogelberg, Secretary-General

Steven Rogelberg serves as Secretary-General....

Steven Rogelberg, Secretary General

Mark Poteet, Treasurer

Mark Poteet serves as Treasurer....

Mark L. Poteet, Treasurer

Bonnie Cheng, Communications Officer

Bonnie Cheng has been elected to serve as the Communications Officer for the Alliance, and has already begun her service in that role to help upgrade the Alliance website during the coming months. The website re-development will feature current content and enhanced navigation, security, and appearance.  Contact Bonnie at  bonnie.cheng@polyu.edu.hk

Bonnie Cheng, Communications

The new officers began their terms ahead of the International Congress of Applied Psychology, which was held in Montreal, June 26-30, 2018.  

About Alliance Initiatives Since 2014

A report by Franco Fraccaroli, Past President

I assumed the presidency of AOP in 2014 after the ICAP Congress in Paris. It was a great honor for me to take on this role, especially because I had contributed to the foundation of the Alliance in 2009. I also had the great fortune to collaborate with two wonderful colleagues, Donald Truxillo (treasurer) and Rosalind Searle (secretary). With them we have formed a very effective and highly interdependent team.

I believe that AOP should function as a platform to promote cultural, scientific, and professional exchanges between the various professional associations around the world that deal with work, industrial, and organizational psychology (W/I/O Psychology).

Moreover, consistent with the goal very dear to co-founder Gary Latham, I consider AOP as a fundamental tool to increase the visibility and influence of W/I/O psychology in society and among political decision-makers. These principles have guided us over these four years.

The main results achieved can be summarized as follows:

  1. We have expanded of the Alliance to other international W/I/O Psychology Associations. Recently the Canadian Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (CSIOP) joined AOP. Furthermore, contacts have been initiated with Associations in South Africa and Australia.
  2. We initiated a series of small group meetings (SGMs). These SGMs bring together participants from around the world on scientific and professional topics. In 2016, the first SGM in Zurich focused on “Fostering Ethical, Relevant and Rigorous Research ” thanks to the initiative of Gudela Grote (EAWOP) and Josè Cortina (SIOP). A second meeting is planned in Istanbul on “Advancing International Research and Practice on the Work-Family Interface” (organizers: Lynda Zugec and Karen Korabik.).
  3. We have developed, with the support of a specific committee, white paper   production on important topics. As an example we can mention the recent paper released and summaries in Organizational Dynamics.          
  4. AOP has organized special sessions at the EAWOP, SIOP, and IAAP congresses including on topics of global interest such as:
  • Active Aging at Work
  • Assessment Practices around the Globe
  • High Performance Work Practices
  • Work-family Interface
  • Removing Barriers for Women in Organizations

In these years, the executive board has worked to give a more solid organizational structure to the Alliance: An effort to stabilize funding from member associations by our treasurer (Donald Truxillo) and a revision of the statutes and rules by our secretary (Ros Searle) to make the procedures.

 We have also established four committees that address the following issues:

  • organization of the SGMs (Steven Rogelberg, Chair)
  • commissioning and production of white papers (Angela Carter, Chair)
  • conference programming (Berrin Erdogan & Julie McCarthy, Chairs)
  • the establishment of local W/I/O groups (Alison Eyring, Chair).

Thanks to these committees, AOP’s initiatives have expanded substantially, and the chair and members of each committee deserve our thanks.

I am confident about the benefit of AOP’s objectives and that it is a useful mechanism for the development of W/I/O Psychology worldwide. In this transition phase, I know we can count on our new board of energetic and talented people with an enlightened view of the Alliance's role.

Franco Fraccaroli

AOP President



Fostering Ethical, Relevant and Rigorous Research

The Alliance for Organizational Psychology (AOP) held its first Small Group Meeting in February 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. The Small Group Meeting was led by Gudela Grote and Jose Cortina and focused on the systemic concerns and issues within the current publication process and related academic structures that are utilized to support such processes. Entitled "Fostering Ethical, Rigorous and Relevant Research: The Contribution of Work and Organizational Psychology", the meeting included a lively debate over a 1.5 day period and discussed tensions between (un)ethical scientific conduct and the need for increased rigour and relevance. This resulted in a memorandum of understanding, presented on the ERR Research page.  

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