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Symposia: Call for Abstracts

We plan to host several special symposia. They will be listed below successively.

Symposium on Military Values and Trust in Military Organizations

Organized by the research group on military values, affiliated at Military Academy ETH Zurich

We invite abstracts on the topic of trust and values in military organizations and military leaders for the panel on trust and military values. Admissible abstracts (of 150-300 words) present research on how trust can be approached through and how it is related to values and culture in different armed forces. The focus will be on original empirical research. Conceptual pieces and meta-studies are also welcome.
If you are interested in contributing a proposal in this symposium please submit your abstract via the regular conference proposal form and abstract upload page. If you have any content-related questions with regards to this Symposium please contact us and we will answer as soon as possible.


The Effects of Technology on Leadership Development and Effectiveness

Chaired by
Lt Col Daniel Watola from the United States Air Force Academy
Dr. Allister MacIntyre from the Royal Military College of Canada

This symposium is already complete, no more abstracts accepted

The military operates in volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environments. While technology is often framed as a solution to a problem faced by militaries, it can also cause its own problem in need of a solution. Technology is not only changing who, what, where, when, and how we fight, but the rapid rate of technological change makes it difficult to determine if it a bane, boon, or both. Scientists and practitioners in the business of leadership education, training, and development are on the front lines of the battle to leverage technology to create an effective fighting force, while simultaneously protecting the force from the negative effects of the same technologies. This symposium presents six chapters from Technology and Leadership, the twelfth volume of the International Military Leadership Association Working Group (IMLAW) series. In this volume, 33 authors from 8 countries offer their perspectives on the relationship between technology and leadership.
These presentations collectively discuss how technology affects leadership and team development, and leader and organizational effectiveness in militaries around the world. Specifically, authors from the United States describe how technologies such as collaborative tools and learning analytics can make leader development processes more efficient and effective. Contributors from New Zealand and the United States discuss how technology is being used to develop more effective teams through pre-deployment training programs, and human-machine teaming and social simulations, respectively. From Singapore, authors describe how team effectiveness can be created at the operational-strategic level. Finally, Swiss and Canadian contributions explain how information and communication technologies and socio-cultural analyses, respectively, can help leaders make better decisions.


Global Views on Military Stress and Resilience

Chaired by
Dr. Allister MacIntyre from the Royal Military College of Canada
Douglas Lindsay, PhD; Pennsylvania State University

This symposium is already complete, no more abstracts accepted

Militaries throughout the world are dealing with unprecedented levels of PTSD and other occupational stress injuries. Given the stress levels for military members, resilience is a critical aspect with respect to how those in the military deal with stress. This symposium presents eight chapters from Global Views on Military Stress and Resilience, the inaugural volume of the IMTA series. These presentations explore military stress and discuss how resilience can help ease strain. Specifically, Dr. Lindsay, from the US, will discuss how changing demands can often create misalignments between the organization and those who serve and explore how a systematic approach to building alignment can ease the consequences of these demands. From India, Dr. Rawat offers insights on how religiosity can be a resilience increasing stress buffer and Dr. Kaur discusses his innovative work with his colleagues on the impact of leadership stress during imperceptible and psychological warfare. Dr. Kamphuis, from the Netherlands, provides an integrative approach to understanding resilience by examining both internal and external resources and ways to support these resources, especially from a homefront perspective. Canadian contributors include Dr Pickering’s examination of the challenges military members encounter while trying to balance work and family-related commitments, and Dr Charbonneau explores how mindfulness and acceptance are related to stress and resilience. Finally, Dr Gouws will present his two chapters: How “Making the Invisible Visible” might serve as an antidote to the consequences of deployment and combat stress; and factors that affect resilience in military personnel during post deployment psychological assessment.


Computer Assisted Testing in Military Use

Chaired by
Florentin Klein from the German Federal Ministry of Defence, Psychological Service

Testing in Military Use has a long history, a lot of aspects, many advantages and numerous impacts on the surrounding organization. Testing masses of candidates along many years in changing environments is necessary to find the right person for the right job / usage, and doing this repetitively every year, can help to set up the right career path and to improve the personal situation in the organization. But “Computer Assisted” does not only affect the improvement of the processes in the human resource departments, but provides a lot more opportunities in dealing with psychological aptitude diagnostics, and in winning time the psychologist can concentrate on working with the applicant in assessments or conducting interviews. Test development, calibration and evaluation are very complex, interesting and repeating all the time. The scope of testing concerns domains like intelligence, logical thinking, visual memory, mathematics, personality and so on. Test methods like Adaptive Testing are different approaches with a lot of benefits.
In this symposium we want to give an overview of some topics with impressions from different countries with special detail views, for example:

  • Germany: The system CAT, and the process modelling approach
  • Austria: From requirements engineering to a new system
  • Indonesia: Starting with a new system and setting up the education
  • Switzerland: Examining mental health in the recruitment of the Swiss Armed Forces
  • Greece: Recent psychometric developments in Greek Military Recruitment and Selection
We invite abstracts on the topics described above.
If you are interested in contributing a proposal in this symposium please submit your abstract via the regular conference proposal form and abstract upload page. If you have any content-related questions with regards to this Symposium please contact us and we will answer as soon as possible.


In-Service Testing for Predicting Success in Special Duty Assignments

Chaired by
Christopher D. Nye, Michigan State University
Rabiah Muhammad, United States Army Research Institute

This symposium is already complete, no more abstracts accepted

This symposium will examine the use of both cognitive and noncognitive assessments for in-service testing in the U.S. Army. The U.S. Military has used cognitive tests to screen Soldiers prior to entering the military for a number of years. More recently, the U.S. Military has begun expanding the predictor domain to include noncognitive assessments as well to obtain a more comprehensive picture of each individual. Although much of this work has focused on screening individuals into the military, this symposium will focus on in-service testing to screen current Soldiers for special duty assignments. The first two presentations will focus on a noncognitive assessment known as the Noncommissioned Officer Special Assignment Battery (NSAB). The NSAB was developed to be administered online and in high-stakes settings by taking advantage of recent advances in psychometric theory that increase the efficiency of the measure and address potential issues with faking. To explore the use of this assessment in special duty assignments, the first presentation will evaluate the validity of the NSAB for predicting job performance and attitudes in a sample of U.S. Army Recruiters. The second presentation will discuss the prediction of a number of important success criteria for Drill Sergeants. The final presentation will examine the utility of three knowledge-based assessments for in-service classification of Soldiers for cybersecurity occupations. The results of these presentations indicate that both cognitive and noncognitive assessments may be useful for predicting important success criteria in each of these assignments.

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