Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

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Panel #446
PDS: Organizational Behavior Management: The Present and Future of the Field
Monday, May 27, 2019
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Hyatt Regency West, Ballroom Level, Toronto
Area: OBM; Domain: Theory
Chair: Kathryn M. Roose (University of Nevada, Reno)
NICOLE GRAVINA (Florida Institute of Technology)
RAMONA HOUMANFAR (University of Nevada, Reno)
DOUGLAS A. JOHNSON (Western Michigan University)

Behavior science first entered the business world in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1977, the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management was first published and became the official outlet of OBM research. By the 1980s, Organizational Behavior Management was a well-established discipline (Dickinson, 2001). Since then, the field has expanded, with a growing library of books for scientists and for the general public, research articles, conference strands at the Association for Behavior Analysis International annual conferences, OBM conferences, the OBM Network, and graduate training programs dedicated to training OBM practitioners. While the expansion of the field may be interpreted as a sign of health, there are potential issues with the growth. There are varying interpretations of what is and is not under the umbrella of OBM, students of OBM may receive conflicting training, and unlike course sequences and certification requirements around clinical skills for ABA services, there is disagreement regarding sufficient training for OBM practitioners. This panel of OBM researchers and practitioners will provide their views and answer audience questions about the field of OBM as a whole - where it has been and where it is going.

Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): OBM, organizations



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