1st Edition

Computational Modeling for Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

Edited By Jeffrey B. Vancouver, Mo Wang, Justin M. Weinhardt Copyright 2024
    348 Pages 33 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    348 Pages 33 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This collection provides a primer to the process and promise of computational modeling for industrial-organizational psychologists. With contributions by global experts in the field, the book is designed to expand readers’ appreciation for computational modeling via chapters focused on key modeling achievements in domains relevant to industrial-organizational psychology, including decision making in organizations, diversity and inclusion, learning and training, leadership, and teams.

    To move the use of computational modeling forward, the book includes specific how-to-chapters on two of the most commonly used modeling approaches: agent-based modeling and system dynamics modeling. It also gives guidance on how to evaluate these models qualitatively and quantitatively, and offers advice on how to read, review, and publish papers with computational models. The authors provide an extensive description of the myriad of values computational modeling can bring to the field, highlighting how they offer a more transparent, precise way to represent theories and can be simulated to offer a test of the internal consistency of a theory and allow for predictions. This is accompanied by an overview of the history of computational modeling as it relates to I-O psychology. Throughout, the authors reflect on computational modeling’s journey, looking back to its history as they imagine its future in I-O psychology.

    Each contribution demonstrates the value and opportunities computational modeling can provide the individual researcher, research teams, and fields of I-O psychology and management. This volume is an ideal resource for anyone interested in computational modeling, from scholarly consumers to computational model creators.

    Chapter 1 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

    Part 1: The Call for Computational Modeling in I/O

    1. Better Theory, Methods, and Practice through Computational Modeling
    Jeffrey B. Vancouver, Mo Wang, and Justin M. Weinhardt

    2. Toward Integrating Computational Models of Decision-making into Organizational Research
    Shannon N. Cooney, Michelle S. Kaplan and Michael T. Braun

    3. Computational Modeling in Organizational Diversity and Inclusion
    Hannah L. Samuelson and Jaeeun Lee, Jennifer L. Wessel and James A. Grand

    4. Computational Models of Learning, Training, and Socialization: A Targeted Review and a Look Toward the Future
    J. H. Hardy III

    5. Models of Leadership in Teams
    Le Zhou

    6. Using Simulations to Predict the Behavior of Groups and Teams
    Deanna M. Kennedy

    Part 2: Creating and Validating Computational Models

    7. Agent-Based Modeling
    Chen Tang and Yihao Liu

    8. Computational Modeling with System Dynamics
    Jeffrey B. Vancouver and Xiaofei Li

    9. Evaluating Computational Models
    Justin M. Weinhardt

    10. Fitting Computational Models to Data: A Tutorial
    Timothy Ballard, Hector Palada, and Andrew Neal

    11. How to Publish and Review a Computational Model
    Andrew Neal, Timothy Ballard and Hector Palada


    Jeffrey B. Vancouver is Professor and Byham Chair in Industrial Organizational Psychology at Ohio University, USA.

    Mo Wang is University Distinguished Professor and Lanzillotti-McKethan Eminent Scholar Chair at Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida, USA.

    Justin M. Weinhardt is Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources at the University of Calgary, Canada.