Call for Chapters: Intervention Strategies for Performance Improvement in Organizations

Editors

Nancy B. Hastings, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Department Chair, Instructional, Workforce and Applied Technology University of West Florida
nhastings@uwf.edu

Byron C. Havard, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Instructional, Workforce and Applied Technology

University of West Florida

bhavard@uwf.edu

 

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: January 30, 2016
Full Chapters Due: May 30, 2016
Submission Date: October 30, 2016

 

Introduction

Performance Improvement is a systemic and systematic process targeted at improving individual and organizational performance in various settings. The process includes conducting comprehensive organizational and environmental analyses to identify discrepancies between actual and desired performance. These discrepancies, referred to as “gaps”, are then analyzed to determine their impact on the organization and their root causes. Root causes are then further analyzed using various tools, including Gilbert’s Behavior Engineering Model and Binder’s Six Boxes. The output of these analysis activities provides the input for the intervention selection, design and implementation phases of the performance improvement process. Due to the wide range of possible solutions and the limited number of scholarly resources available on the subject, most performance improvement technologists are well versed in a small subset of possible solutions but lack the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to identify and effectively implement many equally, or perhaps more, appropriate interventions. Therefore a need exists for expanded research to address this gap.

Objective

This book will provide readers with a comprehensive toolkit of interventions from which to choose. Chapters related to specific interventions will include a description of the intervention and the causes it is aligned with, design considerations and implementation strategies. Authors are encouraged to include case studies to further illustrate the application of the identified interventions. These chapters will be organized to align with Gilbert’s Behavior Engineering Model, a model frequently used to identify causes, providing a common frame of reference and quick methodology for aligning interventions with the causes they are intended to address. The final section of the book will include chapters related to the relationship between technology and intervention selection, design and implementation. Most interventions are not directly influenced by technology. Coaching is still coaching, job aids are still job aids and training is still training, whether presented with or without technology. However, it is important to note that while technology has not fundamentally changed the interventions, it does present new opportunities and challenges for those responsible for designing, developing and implementing them. This section will consist of chapters addressing the impact of technology on intervention selection, design and implementation as a whole as well as on individual interventions. The chapters in this section will be based on scholarly research and formatted in a manner similar to a comprehensive literature review.

 

Target Audience

Faculty, Graduate Students in Performance Technology and Instructional Design and Technology, Experienced Performance Improvement Practitioners.

Recommended Topics

Performance Improvement Interventions Section
This section will include chapters on specific interventions, organized according to Gilbert’s Behavior Engineering Model. Each chapter should address ONE intervention and include a description of the intervention, causes it is aligned with, design considerations and implementation considerations. The inclusion of case studies is encouraged but not required. Recommended topics include those focused on single interventions that align with any of the following areas.

Environmental Causes

·         Data – expectations and feedback

·         Resources – tools and resources

·         Incentives – consequences and incentives

 

Individual Causes

·         Knowledge – skills and knowledge

·         Capacity – selection and assignment

·         Motives – preferences and satisfaction

Technology’s Impact on Intervention Selection, Design and Implementation Section
This section will consist of chapters addressing the impact of technology on intervention selection, design and implementation as a whole as well as on individual interventions. The chapters in this section will be based on scholarly research and formatted in a manner similar to a comprehensive literature review.

·         The impact of technology on intervention selection, design and implementation

·         Mobile technology and performance improvement interventions

·         Social networking and performance improvement interventions

·         The impact of technology on training-related performance improvement interventions

·         The impact of technology on non-training performance improvement interventions

·         The role of technology in intervention implementation

 

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before January 30, 2016, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and focus of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified byFebruary 15, 2016 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by May 30, 2016, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at http://www.igi-global.com/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/ prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Trust in Knowledge Management and Systems in Organizations. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the E-Editorial DiscoveryTM online submission manager.

Publisher

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit www.igi-global.com. This publication is anticipated to be released in 2017.

 

Important Dates

January 30, 2016: Proposal Submission Deadline
February 15, 2016: Notification of Acceptance
May 30, 2016: Full Chapter Submission
July 30, 2016: Review Results Returned
August 15, 2016: Final Acceptance Notification
August 30, 2016: Final Chapter Submission

 

Inquiries

Nancy B. Hastings
University of West Florida
nhastings@uwf.edu
850-474-3013

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