SOURCE: Kenexa


April 06, 2010 11:00 ET

Kenexa to Present at 25th Annual SIOP Conference

WAYNE, PA--(Marketwire - April 6, 2010) -


Thought leaders from Kenexa® (NASDAQ: KNXA), a global provider of business solutions for human resources


Will participate in panel discussions, forums, poster presentations and special events during the 25th Annual Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Inc. (SIOP) Conference.


The 25th Annual SIOP Conference will take place Thursday, April 8 through Saturday, April 10, 2010. Preconference workshops will be held Wednesday, April 7.


Hilton Atlanta

255 Courtland Street NE

Atlanta, Ga.

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"Innovation in Benchmarking Employee Survey Results," chaired by Jack W. Wiley of the Kenexa Research Institute (KRI) and featuring Anne E. Herman of KRI, will be presented in Room 212 on Thursday, April 8 from 10:30-11:50 a.m. Benchmarking survey results is a common practice for organizations conducting employee surveys. The sources of and practices for utilizing benchmark data have evolved in order to provide organizations with appropriate and/or enhanced options for examining their survey results. Four innovative benchmarking efforts will be presented and discussed.

The session "e-HR, Virtual HR, and Other Things Like It: Implications of Technology for HR Theory, Research, and Practice," will be held on Thursday, April 8 from 11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m. in Salon E and will feature Jeff A. Weekley from Kenexa. Presenting findings from their "Trends and Future Developments in e-Assessment" report, Weekley will participate in a discussion with other researchers and practitioners about the implications of technology for the work of industrial-organizational (I-O) scientists-practitioners.

On Thursday, April 8 from 12:00-1:20 p.m. in Room 201, the panel discussion "Maximizing the Value of Your Exit Survey Process" will be chaired by Chris L. Lovato and Lisa M. Germano of Kenexa, and panelists will include Ryan Lebow and Cameron Klein from Kenexa. Exit surveys and exit interviews have long been considered a "standard" process used in HR departments. Despite this fact, most HR departments report dissatisfaction with their exit process. The panel discussion will focus on strategies for both the design of new programs and the enhancement of existing programs.

On Thursday, April 8 from 1:30-2:50 p.m. in Salon C, "Balancing Globalization With Localization: Successfully Implementing Global Talent Management Programs" will feature Chris L. Lovato discussing how organizations have successfully integrated global talent management programs in the areas of selection, leadership development, and engagement surveys. Alongside representatives from international Fortune 500 companies and external consulting firms, Lovato will review the development, change management, implementation, and ongoing trends of global human resources programs.

From 3:30-4:50 p.m. on Thursday, April 8 in Room 205, Jay M. Dorio of Kenexa will co-host a Community of Interest session focused on linking I-O principles to managerial decisions.

Co-chaired by Nancy DeLay of Kenexa, "Telework as an Evolving Form of Virtual Work: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?" will be presented on Thursday, April 8 from 3:30-4:20 p.m. in Salon E. The session is intended to foster discussions over the current state of telework and its future direction by bringing together researchers and practitioners who deal with its implications in organizational life. The current state of telework knowledge and its future implications will be addressed.

Tiffany M. Greene-Shortridge of Kenexa will present her poster "Proximal and Longitudinal Outcomes of Fit: A Positive Psychological Approach" on Friday, April 9 from 10:30-11:20 a.m. in the Galleria. The study proposed a model taking a positive psychological approach to the person-environment fit domain. Within a longitudinal investigation, indices of fit were examined in relationship to outcomes through direct and indirect paths. Through the process of sequential mediation, needs-supply fit was found to predict organizational and individual longitudinal outcomes.

Kenexa's Ben Hawkes will participate in a panel titled "Upgrading Your Assessment Practice" on Friday, April 9 from 1:30-2:50 p.m. in the Crystal Ballroom A/F. Panelists will discuss the use of technology in assessments to create a more relevant and engaging experience for candidates and users across various industries as well as lessons learned from implementation of new technologies.

Also from 1:30-2:50 p.m. on Friday, April 9 in Salon B, "Getting Ready for the Economic Recovery: Opportunities and Insights," will be chaired by Kenexa's Jeffrey A. Jolton and will feature Kenexa's Sara P. Weiner as a panelist. The panelists will examine how organizations are responding to economic struggles and opportunities being created to become stronger. Themes examined include organization structure, people management, process reengineering, and brand positioning. Additional panelists include representatives from The Home Depot, Bank of America, and Starwood.

A special event on Friday, April 9 from 3:30-4:50 p.m. in Room 204 will feature Kyle Lundby of Kenexa discussing how a book in the SIOP Professional Practice Series is sponsored and put together. "The Making of a Book in SIOP's Professional Practice Series" will feature editors of three books now being prepared, and attendees will learn the various ways a "topic" can become a book, how contributors are picked, and what they must write.

Vanessa Kowollik of Kenexa will present two posters on Friday, April 9 from 4:30-5:20 p.m. in the Galleria. In "Behavior Modeling and Complex Skill Acquisition: Coping Versus Mastery Models," the authors compared two forms of behavior modeling training (BMT) -- coping and mastery -- regarding training on a complex computer simulation involving cognitive and psychomotor demands. Results showed benefits for BMT compared to control conditions, and the differential benefits of the two BMT conditions differed depending on evaluation criteria (e.g., skill generalization). Kowollik will also present the poster "The Interaction between Ability and Training Structure: A Meta-Analysis." Fifty-one studies were integrated to address the viability of aptitude-treatment interactions (ATIs) for organizationally-relevant training. The focus was on the interaction between GMA and the structure of training programs. Results indicated that small ATIs exist but that the effects vary in size and nature depending on the criterion.

On Saturday, April 10 from 10:30-11:50 a.m. in Rooms 210-211, Stephanie Kendall from Kenexa will participate in a panel discussion titled "Aligning Business and Functions for Customer Service." The panel will bring together academicians and practitioners to discuss successes and challenges of aligning different organizational functions for a common purpose. The focus will be on key functions, namely selection, training, rewards and recognition, and measures of change and the coming together of these four units to improve customer service.

In the panel discussion "Going Global: Nuggets of Wisdom From the Professional Practice Series," Kenexa's Kyle Lundby will chair a panel featuring authors from SIOP's Professional Practice Series volume, Going Global: Practical Applications and Recommendations for HR and OD Professionals in the Global Workplace. Panelists will discuss lessons learned and best practices for I-Os working globally. The session will be held Saturday, April 10 from 10:30-11:50 a.m. in the Crystal Ballroom B/E.

Kenexa's Jeff A. Weekley will present his poster, "Personality as a Predictor of Performance Across Levels of Leadership," on Saturday, April 10 from 10:30-11:20 a.m. in the Galleria. Data on 4,150 leaders across 21 management roles and 12 organizations were analyzed to understand whether the relationship between personality and performance varies across lower and upper level organizational leaders. Findings suggest that the personality-performance relationship allows for unique prediction within both lower and upper level leader roles.

"Antecedents and Outcomes of Family-Supportive Supervision," a session featuring Tiffany M. Greene-Shortridge of Kenexa, will be held on Saturday, April 10 from 10:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. in Salon A. The symposium, comprised of five papers, will address the concept of family-supportive supervisor behaviors, as well as antecedents, and outcomes of family-supportive supervision. A discussion of the practical implications of this work for employers then will be followed by a facilitated discussion with the audience.

Chaired by Kenexa Research Institute's Anne E. Herman, "People Analytics" will be held on Saturday, April 10 from 12:30-1:20 p.m. in Salon E. Employing people metrics and analytics allows organizations to evaluate the components of their talent/HR initiative and how they influence business outcomes. The session will use a combination of expert speakers and interactive discussion formats to help attendees understand how to gain strategic insight by examining employee, customer, and business performance data together.

Kenexa is a Sustaining Conference Partner of the event, and Dr. Sara P. Weiner, Program Director and Executive Consultant at Kenexa, is the 2010 SIOP Program Chair.

About Kenexa

Kenexa® provides business solutions for human resources. We help global organizations multiply business success by identifying the best individuals for every job and fostering optimal work environments for every organization. For more than 20 years, Kenexa has studied human behavior and team dynamics in the workplace, and has developed the software solutions, business processes and expert consulting that help organizations impact positive business outcomes through HR. Kenexa is the only company that offers a comprehensive suite of unified products and services that support the entire employee lifecycle from pre-hire to exit. Additional information about Kenexa and its global products and services can be accessed at