Greetings from the Chairperson

More than 30 years have passed since the establishment of the Japanese Association of Industrial/Organization Psychology (JAIOP). The JAIOP’s founding objectives noted, “We are now faced with the challenge of achieving qualitative leaps in order to cope with the progress of information-based societies and globalization.” In fact, in the document entitled “On the establishment of the Japanese Association of Industrial/Organization Psychology,” distributed at the JAIOP’s founding general meeting in November 1985, these founding objectives were followed by the following stimulating sentence:

“This challenge is an attempt to ask essential questions about conventional premises in order to study various human issues regarding the functional group that constitutes the basis of industrial civilization.”

It is these essential questions about premises that make up the fundamental issues that we address, while questions about how to work and live in adaptation to societal conditions in the midst of bewildering changes are the immediate issues. I believe that the mission of the JAIOP is to resolve these issues. In order to resolve them, the JAIOP has approached the issues based on four core research divisions: the Division of Human Resources, the Division of Organizational Behaviors, the Division of Safety and Operation, and the Division of Marketing (now the Division of Consumer Behavior).

One of the distinguishing features of the JAIOP is its functional relationship between researchers and practitioners. For this reason, in addition to researchers it has the participation of numerous practitioners active in fields including human resources, training, security administration, and marketing, with government agencies and private-sector firms. To advance such relationship further, we are considering revisions to the rules on contributions to the Association journal Industrial and Organizational Psychology Research to encourage active contribution of pieces by practitioners as well.

In addition, in 2016 a system of prizes for excellent presentations at annual conferences, which had been under consideration for some time chiefly in the Board of Executive Directors, will begin. Under this system, prizes will be presented to outstanding presentations of research results by young researchers at our annual conferences, which serve as venues for research presentations. We have been supporting the research activities of young researchers for some time, and this expansion of these efforts is an attempt to grow the numbers of researchers in the field of industrial and organizational psychology and to provide an opportunity for increasing their motivation.

Our annual conferences and divisional workshops are held not just for the members to exchange research findings, but are open to others to benefit to society as a whole. In particular, the divisional workshops, held four times a year, have seen a very high degree of public participation in recent years. I believe that exchange of opinions through such continuous divisional workshops is another of the Association’s distinguishing features.

Don’t you think that our pursuit together of goals including the development of individuals and organizations based on human potentials, the formation of organizations that provide efficient and healthy purposes in life, and conditions that enable people to consume commodities as cultured consumers will lead to even higher levels of interest in and expectations for industrial and organizational psychology? I look forward to the participation of even more people in our future activities.

April 2016
Eleventh-Term Chairperson
Satoshi Hosoda (The Ohara Memorial Institute for Science of Labour / Kanto Gakuin University)

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