Welcome from the Conference Chair

Professor Mark Wiggins MAPS

On behalf of the Organising Committee, I am pleased to invite you to the APS 12th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference to be held in Sydney, Australia from July 13 to 15, 2017. Australia’s Harbour City, Sydney provides a stunning backdrop to the conference with its unique combination of iconic attractions, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, Taronga Zoo, and Darling Harbour. The conference venue, the historic Sydney Masonic Centre, is close to public transport where delegates can easily travel to the Blue Mountains and beyond. It is the ideal stepping-off point for a visit to Australia.

The APS Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference is the largest conference of its type in the Southern Hemisphere, drawing together more than 600 delegates from across the world. Sydney, as a global centre for commerce and industry, provides the ideal location to showcase the role of psychology in building and sustaining the nexus between employees and organisations. Importantly, it provides a unique opportunity for academics and practitioners to come together to discuss, debate, and shape the new initiatives that will provide the foundations for healthy and successful organisations of the future.

Our conference theme, “From Ideas to Implementation: Embracing the Challenges of Tomorrow” reflects this drawing together of like minds, but it also underscores the need to develop strategies that will safeguard organisations from future threats. In times of political, social, and economic upheaval, market economies often turn to industry for stability and continuity through economic growth and employment.

Following the Global Financial Crisis and BREXIT, we witnessed the fragility of the global market economy and the desire for stability. At an organisational level, this stability is drawn from a healthy and sustainable workplace where employees stay the course, are empowered towards creativity and productivity, are focussed on the future, and where psychological risks are recognised and managed. We welcome submissions for research and practitioner presentations and symposia that are novel, demonstrate the highest qualities of scholarship and practice, and that will enable organisations throughout the world to meet these challenges.

Professor Mark Wiggins MAPS
Conference Chair
12th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference