What is Culture? Season 2 – Episode #16: Part 1: Organizational Psychology

When we first began this podcast, about eight months ago, I always planned to interview a college professor to get an academic, unbiased, and professional perspective of culture and what it means. In my head, I figured that a sociology or anthropology professor would be most appropriate.

However, just a few weeks ago, I discovered there was a particular branch of Psychology called Industrial-Organizational Psychology—otherwise known as I/O Psychology—which is essentially the scientific study of human behavior in organizations and in the workplace. I was immediately fascinated by this field. I told myself: You need to interview an expert in I/O Psychology. And so I did. In fact, I interviewed two professors in Connecticut; one from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, and another from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven.

This episode is part one of our season finale, and this week, you’ll learn from Dr. Christopher J. Budnick, an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Southern Connecticut State University, who earned a Ph.D. in I/O Psychology from Northern Illinois University.

Why did I choose to speak with experts in this field? There are many reasons, and some of the answers will be revealed in this episode, but essentially, I thought it would be interesting to shed light on this particular field to learn more about the complexities of the workplace and to hear a professional’s thoughts on this podcast, our journey, and to offer advice and insight for me, for our listeners, and for Tangoe, as we work to discover our culture.

Let’s get to it. There is so much to learn. The episode begins with Dr. Budnick providing some information about the origin and the focus of Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

Remember to tune in next week for part two of the season finale when I speak with Dr. Mary Ignagni of Sacred Heart University. And, if you have any questions or comments that emerged as a result of this episode, please send me an email at Rocco.Lungariello@tangoe.com.

About this Week’s Guest

Dr. Christopher Budnick SCSUDr. Christopher J. Budnick is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Southern Connecticut State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Northern Illinois University. Dr. Budnick’s research interests center on career development and job research, and in 2015, he published a study with Northern Illinois University professor Larissa K. Barber, “Turning molehills into mountains: Sleepiness increases workplace interpretive bias.”

The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) is the premier membership organization for the science and practice of I-O psychology. Visit siop.org for more information, including research & publications.


About the Podcast

How does Tangoe—a global organization with over 2,200 employees in 11 countries, who has acquired several organizations throughout its nearly 20-year history—maintain, nurture, or alter its collective company culture? Can it be done? Before answering that, an organization must first discover its culture as it currently exists—without judgement. And that’s precisely what this podcast aims to do. Join us as we rediscover Tangoe’s culture through a series of candid interviews with employees, industry analysts, clients, and more. Learn more about the podcast What is Culture?

If you would like to be a guest on the podcast, please send me an email at Rocco.Lungariello@tangoe.com. And remember: This podcast is available for download on both Apple & Android devices. Look for it today on your favorite podcast app!

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