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  1. Steve Nguyen
    April 13, 2013

    Thanks for the nice summary. I like what you wrote, “If you don’t have data, why are you presenting at SIOP? This is a data-hungry crowd!” Indeed. And to your note about I-Os and SIOP not leading the way, I believe poor branding is the main reason. I know this is currently in the works and I hope SIOP starts to “do” something about it instead of conducting more “surveys” or “studies.” Just my 2 cents. =) Looking forward to your Day 2’s summary. Thanks Richard!

    • Richard N. Landers
      April 13, 2013

      Glad you enjoyed it! Branding was a major theme of this conference… talked about really extensively in the opening plenary. The incoming president offered some specifics in the closing plenary, which will be posted Tuesday! And I would argue that “instead” isn’t the right approach – we need more action in addition to more research!

  2. Felipecc
    April 13, 2013

    Sounds like a great opportunity… I have the same impression regarding Social Media, it’s surprisingly non empirical. Probably because of elusive outcome measures.

    Thanks for the reporting! Wish I was there!

    • Richard N. Landers
      April 13, 2013

      I don’t think it needs to be non-empirical. Collection of such data is not impossible, just difficult… not many people want to take the time to really think through it. In some contexts, it’s obvious, and we don’t even have data there – for example, in the selection context. “Using social media for hiring” has a fairly clear roadmap, but I think organizations would rather just keep how it’s being used now – managers casually checking LinkedIn or Facebook for example – under the radar. As long as no one pays attention, i.e. no paper trail, no one can get sued, right? I believe this is their hope, in any case.

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