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48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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Invited Paper Session #437
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Organizational Behavior Management: Where Systems Meet Culture
Monday, May 30, 2022
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Meeting Level 1; Room 151A/B
Area: OBM; Domain: Theory
Chair: Nicole Gravina (University of Florida)
CE Instructor: Ingunn Sandaker, Ph.D.
Presenting Author: INGUNN SANDAKER (Oslo Metropolitan University/ OsloMet)

Systems may be formal or a result of self-organized selection of behaviors. We often talk about for instance a school system referring to the formal, planned and intentionally organized teaching and support services. A system may, however, as well arise without any formal structure, planning or intentionality. OBM, or the science of how to facilitate optimal contingencies for behaviors that serves the goals of the company, have to deal with both formal and informal functions, structures, and processes. These structures, whether visualized by an organization chart or a snapshot of network interactions, must also take culture into consideration. This presentation will show how the transmission of cultural practices over time influence both formal and informal systems.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Everyone interested in how organizations work, whether businesses or public sector.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) distinguish between a formal and an informal system; (2) to identify contingencies maintaining cultural practices in an organization; (3) analyze the functional relation between an organization, the processes maintaining the function, and the structure facilitating the processes.
INGUNN SANDAKER (Oslo Metropolitan University/ OsloMet)
Ingunn Sandaker, professor in the Department of Behavioral Science at Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet) in Norway, received her Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Oslo in 1997. She has served in numerous roles, including as dean of studies for social work and special education at Oslo College, and as head of planning and development at Oslo HVPU (division of state services for those with developmental disabilities). She was project manager at OsloMet and instrumental in establishing its master’s and Ph.D. programs in behavior analysis; she has since been director of those programs. Combining expertise in both behavior analysis and systems design/analysis (behavior systems), she served as a consultant and advisor to major corporations, including Norway’s huge oil sector and the Norwegian Olympic Committee, where, as leadership training project director, she played a significant role in enhancing participation and awards for women athletes. Her efforts have helped secure behavior analysis as an established discipline in Norway. In addition, Professor Sandaker has been a leader in international dissemination, serving as the international representative to ABAI’s Executive Council. She is also on the editorial board of the Norwegian Journal of Behavior Analysis and associate editor of Perspectives on Behavior Science.



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