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

Last week, in part one of the season two finale, we heard Dr. Christopher Budnick, of Southern Connecticut State University, discuss, in great length, the origin and the focus of Industrial-Organizational (I/O) Psychology, which is, essentially, the scientific study of human behavior in organizations and in the workplace. Still, I thought it would be interesting to hear another professor’s take on this field, on culture, and on this podcast.

This week, part two of the season finale features Dr. Mary Ignagni, a Psychology Professor at Sacred Heart University, and their Director of the Industrial-Organizational Psychology program. Initially, the plan was to incorporate both Chris and Mary’s interviews into one episode, but after listening back to our conversations, I felt that the guests deserved their own episodes, since they provide such interesting and complementary points of views.

In this episode, you will listen to Mary discuss the role of an I/O Psychologist, national culture versus organizational culture, dominant culture versus subcultures, as well as some particular challenges that Tangoe may face on our journey to rediscovering our culture.

The episode begins with Mary sharing what sparked her interest in I/O Psychology and how she initially moved from Michigan to New York to pursue the fashion industry, yet landed upon entirely different path.

Here’s my conversation with Dr. Mary Ignagni. Let’s all learn from her:

It’s hard to believe that since the launch of this podcast, we’ve published 33 episodes and have completed interviews with nearly 50 individuals, including Tangoe employees, clients, vendors, and a handful of other professionals. Still, in many ways, we’ve only just begun, and this episode, in combination with Dr. Chris Budick’s, have helped spark some ideas for where to take this show in Season 3. Stay tuned.

About this Week’s Guest

Mary E. IgnagniMary E. Ignagni, Ph.D. | Sacred Heart University joined Sacred Heart in Fall 2014 as a full time faculty member. Professor Ignagni is also the Director of the Master’s in Industrial/Organizational Psychology program. Prior to joining the psychology department, she taught at Baruch College CUNY, the Fashion Institute of Technology SUNY, and at City College of New York CUNY and was a graduate teaching fellow.

Professor Ignagni’s research interests include how self-identification impacts employees’ experience in the workplace, intelligence testing, biculturalism, as well as gender and diversity issues in the workplace.

Note: 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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