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Ray Sparrowe (PhD, University of Illinois Chicago) is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior in the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. His primary research areas include leadership, social networks, and team processes. He spoke to iLEAD faculty and students about his recent research and career issues.
Professor Gordon Cheung, Deptartment of Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, presented a seminar on "Mediation Analysis in Marketing and Business Research: Theory Development and Analytical Methods."
Dr. Jennifer Weiss, Executive Consultant at HR Alignment, Ltd. spoke with us about C-suite executive selection and development. She also presented at Professor Sandy Wayne's "Intro to HR" course as well as Professor Jenny Hoobler's MBA course.
Students and faculty were invited to learn from three top industrial-organizational psychologists who delivered insights that drive business results with a focus on tackling strategic human resource issues. Dr. Allan Church from PepsiCo, Dr. Michelle Donovan from Google, and Dr. Alexis Fink from Intel showcased how the science of I/O at three large, global organizations can create positive impact for organizations and their people at all levels.
Dr. Church showcased PepsiCo’s LeAD, the integrated multi-tier “Leadership Assessment and Development” process they use to identify, confirm, and develop talent. Dr. Donovan shared information on Google’s “Project Oxygen” that introduces managers to performance expectations, a vocabulary for discussing management challenges, and a framework for manager development. Dr. Fink explained “Career Models,” an integrated talent management system at Intel for selection, performance appraisal, and learning and development.
Dr. Robert Cooke, CEO of Human Synergistics presented the LSI Feedback Tool and discussed how companies use this model for employee development.
Dr. Don Kluemper and his MGMT 595 students presented their findings on a new performance management system for Cook County salaried employees.