The faculty frequently acquire consulting and applied research contracts with organizations in the St. Louis area. These contracts cover a wide range of activities, including training, organizational assessment, program evaluation, research on the effectiveness of training, consumer satisfaction studies, evaluation of 360 degree feedback systems, and the like. Many of the projects are suitable for students to acquire professional experience through involvement in some part of the project. These consulting and applied research projects are a rich source of practica for students.
There are two structures available to members of the program to support such activities: the Center for the Application of Behavioral Sciences and the Center for Organizational Learning and Renewal .
The Center for the Application of Behavioral Science is the Department of Psychology's own consulting organization. Through CABS, our faculty direct applied research projects with students serving as the consultants for many organizations. Through CABS, students are able to put their skills in research methods, statistics, and organizational psychology to work by helping organizations to solve their problems (please see the faculty page for non-applied research).
Some of CABS' recent clients include the following:
The Center for Organizational Learning and Renewal (COLR) is a multidisciplinary center at the University. COLR is comprised of more than ten departmental representatives from the College of Public Service, the School of Business, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Social Service. The mission of COLR is to "advance the knowledge and capability of organizations in addressing how they learn, adapt and renew themselves in order to continuously attain their objectives." The term organizational learning is meant to include concepts such as knowledge management, innovation and renewal, continuous improvement, the learning organization, learning partnerships, learning communities, and change management. The following services are available:
COLR is designed to be a place where students from multiple disciplines can come and learn about organizations and how they change.