Greetings from the Chairperson
In 2019, the Japanese Association of Industrial/Organizational Psychology (JAIOP) marks the 35th anniversary of its establishment. Looking at the overview of our foundation, it states that “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 “On the Establishment of the Japanese Association of Industrial/Organizational Psychology,” which was distributed at the JAIOP’s founding general meeting in November 1985, clearly set out these founding objectives as follows:
“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.”
The immediate task is to address essential questions about the fundamental issues that we must address, about how to work and live while adapting to societal conditions in the midst of bewildering changes. I believe that the mission of the JAIOP is to resolve these issues. Toward that end, the JAIOP has approached its work through 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 close working relationship between researchers and practitioners. Our work encompasses the participation of not only researchers, but also numerous practitioners in both private-sector firms and government agencies. To further advance this relationship, in September 2017, we revised our rules on contributions to the Association journal, Industrial and Organizational Psychology Research, to encourage the contribution of articles by practitioners as well.
In addition, we introduced a system of “prizes for excellent presentations” at annual conferences in 2016. Under this system, prizes are awarded for outstanding presentations of research results by young researchers at our annual conferences. We have also provided “the JAIOP research support system” for the efforts of young researchers for some time, and the expansion of these activities reflects our commitment to increasing the number of researchers in the field of industrial and organizational psychology and providing opportunities to increase their motivation.
Our annual conferences and divisional workshops are more than simply a venue for the members to exchange research findings; these events are also open to others to benefit to society as a whole. In particular, the divisional workshops, held four times a year, have attracted a considerable degree of public participation in recent years. I believe the exchange of opinions through such ongoing divisional workshops is another of the Association’s distinguishing features.
And in 2019, as we mark the 35th anniversary of our establishment, we have consolidated our storehouse of knowledge on industrial and organizational psychology and published the Lectures in Commemoration of the 35th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Japanese Association of Industrial/Organizational Psychology (total five volumes), in hopes that it will serve as a textbook on industrial and organizational psychology for beginners, and as a starting point for young researchers and practitioners.
Let’s work together to pursue our common goals, including the development of individuals and organizations that maximize human potential, the formation of organizations that provide efficient and positive purposes in life, and the encouragement of a more sophisticated, better-informed consumer society. I believe this will lead to even higher levels of interest in and expectations for industrial and organizational psychology. I look forward to broadening our future activities with the participation of even more people.
Twelfth-Term Chairperson Masatake Okada (Faculty of Human Sciences, Tsukuba University/Research and Development Center on Psychological Support for Workers)