© 2014

Internationalizing the Curriculum in Organizational Psychology

  • Richard L. Griffith
  • Lori Foster Thompson
  • Brigitte K. Armon

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ishbel McWha, Gubela Mji, Malcolm MacLachlan, Stuart C. Carr
      Pages 17-40
  3. Curricula

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Jessica L. Wildman, Rubina A. Qureshi, Maritza Salazar, Eduardo Salas
      Pages 59-78
    3. Sharon Glazer, Carolina Moliner, Carmen Carmona
      Pages 79-103
  4. Competencies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Barbara Kożusznik, Barbara Kożusznik, Małgorzata W. Kozusznik, Małgorzata W. Kozusznik
      Pages 151-181
    3. Matthew O’Connell, Mei-Chuan Kung, Esteban Tristan
      Pages 183-206
  5. Concrete Action

About this book


Since the days of silk roads and spice routes, international commerce has been essential to business. Today, from air travel to the Internet, advances in technology have served to make the business world smaller. Yet, despite the real world's march towards globalization, organizational psychology as an academic discipline has yet to incorporate these developments into its degree programs.

Internationalizing the Curriculum in Organizational Psychology counters this resistance with a flexible floor plan to bring practical cross-cultural content into education and training. An expert international panel offers guidance on key aspects of curriculum design, including subject matter, learning objectives, competencies, and experiential learning, with here-and-now global insights and business as well as pedagogical savvy. The approach is far from monolithic, as these diverse contributors challenge readers to embrace complexity, surprise, and the inevitable humorous moments that come with cultural exchanges. Among the areas featured: 

  • Meaningfully applying cultural knowledge.
  • The dominance of Western perspectives and assumptions.
  • Core competencies for the cross-cultural curriculum.
  • Tools for implementing internationalism in course content.
  • Educational models from abroad.
  • Internationalizing faculty development.

For faculty and administrators in industrial/organizational psychology, organizational behavior, work psychology, and applied psychology programs who wish to incorporate an international component to their curriculum or courses, Internationalizing the Curriculum in Organizational Psychology occupies the ground floor of the next major paradigm shift.



Cross Cultural I/O Competencies Global Business Environment Global I/O in the Classroom Internationalization in global business management The Erasmus Mundus Program applied international/organizational psychology cross-cultural issues in organizational psychology global talent management industrial/organizational psychology international HR international curriculum work and organizational psychology

Editors and affiliations

  • Richard L. Griffith
    • 1
  • Lori Foster Thompson
    • 2
  • Brigitte K. Armon
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for Cross Cultural ManagementThe Florida Institute of TechnologyMelbourneUSA
  2. 2.North Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA
  3. 3.The Florida Institute of TechnologyMelbourneUSA

About the editors

Richard Griffith, Ph.D.

Dr. Griffith is a Professor in the Industrial Organizational Psychology program and the Director of The Institute for Cross Cultural Management at the Florida Institute of Technology. He received his doctoral degree in I/O Psychology from The University of Akron in 1997. He is the author of over 75 publications and presentations in the area of personnel selection and is the editor and author of several books, chapters, and journals on the topic. He has conducted funded research for the Department of Defense examining the measurement and training of cross-cultural competence and the development of region specific cultural databases. Dr. Griffith provides coaching in global leadership and executive presentations, specializing in presentations conducted abroad. He is currently the Associate Editor of the European Journal of Psychological Assessment and the co-editor of the books "The Age of Internationalization" and "Leading Global Teams: Translating the Multidisciplinary Science to Practice". His work has been featured in Time magazine and The Wall Street Journal.

Lori Foster Thompson, Ph.D.

Dr. Lori Foster Thompson is an Associate Professor of Psychology at North Carolina State University. Her area of specialization lies at the intersection of Industrial-Organizational (I-O) psychology and technology, with a notable proportion of her work dealing with global issues, such as the application of technology and I-O to humanitarian work within and outside of developing countries. She currently leads a task force on Humanitarian Work Psychology for the International Association of Applied Psychology, Division 1. She is also a member of the Society for I-O Psychology’s (SIOP’s) Executive Board where she oversees three committees, including International Affairs. Lori has taught graduate I-O courses domestically and abroad and has traveled to various countries including Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Spain, Italy, France, England, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, and Mexico. She is founder and editor of the “Spotlight on Global I-O” column for SIOP’s quarterly publication, TIP.

Brigitte Armon, Ph. D. candidate

Brigitte Armon is a Ph. D. candidate in the International I/O Psychology program at the Florida Institute of Technology where she also works as the Assistance Coordinator in the International Student Services Office. She is a research scientist with the Institute for Cross-Cultural Management (ICCM), where she conducted funded research on the development of regional cultural databases. Brigitte is the author of several articles and chapters discussing the internationalization of the organizational psychology curriculum. Ms. Armon graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with B.S. in Psychology in 2007.

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