The following are answers to frequently asked questions about a possible SIOP name change. To be sure the Executive Board gets your feedback, post your comments about a possible new name below.
What is the reason for a name change?
As Highhouse (2007) pointed out, we have changed our name several times, and considered changing it other times, in response to either changing social norms or the emergence of new areas of study within the discipline. We were the division of "industrial and business psychology" in the American Association of Applied Psychology (prior to its merger with APA), until "business" was dropped in about 1962. "Organizational" was added into our name in the early 1970s both to reflect the growing awareness of organizational contexts in our research, andthe desire to appeal more broadly to scholars (who chose not to be members of Division14).