Steve W. J. Kozlowski, Ph.D. is a Professor of Organizational Psychology at Michigan State University and an authority on multilevel theory; team leadership and team effectiveness; and learning, training, and adaptation. With respect to policy, he chaired the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Science Advocacy Task Force to develop a strategy to advance impact on workforce-related federal science and practice policy (2010-2012). As SIOP President (incoming, president, outgoing; 2014-2017), he advanced institutional capacity for advocacy. As the current Research and Science Officer (2018-2020), he has continued to advance SIOP infrastructure and capacity to advocate for federal action to improve organizational and workforce science and practice. He was recently appointed to the American Psychological Association, Advocacy Coordinating Committee (2019-2022) and serves as the Editor for the new SIOP/Oxford Organizational Science, Translation, and Practice Series.
Science, Translation, and Policy Impact
Work and organizational psychology is an empirical science and evidence-based practice that has been in existence for over a century. Work and organizational psychology is well-established in the developed world and has made rapid advances in the developing world over the last couple of decades. The field has developed a substantial empirical foundation and a wide range of well-developed applications that are routinely used to enhance organizational effectiveness. Yet, with few exceptions, work and organizational psychology has had relatively limited direct impact on government policies relevant to workforce well-being and effectiveness. My presentation will discuss the many challenges that have to be surmounted to change this state of affairs, ongoing efforts for work and organizational psychology to have a more tangible policy impact, and things that each of us can do to more directly shape workforce policies.