Guest Lecture of Prof. Dr. Filip Lievens

Guest Lecture of Prof. Dr. Filip Lievens


From Ghent University


Date: 30th April 2014, 18h c.t.


Venue: Building B3 1, Room 0.11


Topic: How to make a scientific contribution in social science research: The case of Work and Organizational Psychology.



Social Science journals are increasingly demanding that researchers make significant contributions in articles submitted for publication. In this presentation, I will start with delineating a general framework about what constitutes a “contribution”. This framework distinguishes between contributions that are likely to have impact (i.e., knowledge shift and knowledge creation) and those that are likely to have less impact (e.g., “gap filling”, “problem solving”). On the basis of my experience as author, reviewer, and action editor, I will then apply this framework to a subdomain within work and organizational psychology, namely personnel selection research. This general premise will be illustrated with examples of ground-breaking past selection research and potentially impactful future selection research. At the end, there should be ample time for discussion about the generalizability/viability of the framework to the broader social science literature and to potential pitfalls and challenges in applying it.