Next Psych Department Colloquium – Fri 3/16 at 2 pm in Hauser 109

Dr. Jinyan Fan will be speaking about his work in cross-cultural training: Attribute-Treatment Interactions in Cross-cultural Training: Evidence from a Longitudinal Field Experiment. For more information about the talk, read the abstract. For more information about Dr. Fan, read his biosketch.  All are welcome at the talk. Coffee and snacks will be served.

Abstract: Expanding upon data of Fan and Wanous’ (2008) longitudinal field experiment, this research investigates attribute-treatment interactions in cross-cultural training. Drawing on the person-environment fit theory, we hypothesized that sojourners with high perceived social self-efficacy (PSSE) should have better fit with a theory-driven cross-cultural coping orientation program, called “Realistic Orientation Program for Entry Stress” (ROPES) than low-PSSE sojourners. As a result, the treatment effects (the ROPES program vs. a traditional cross-cultural training program) should be more positive for high-PSSE sojourners than for low-PSSE sojourners. Seventy-two new graduate students from Asia entering a large U.S. public university were randomly assigned to either a ROPES program or a traditional cross-cultural training program and were assessed pre-entry and multiple times post-entry. The results strongly supported the hypothesized attribute-treatment interactions. Theoretical contributions and practical implications were discussed.

Biosketch: Dr. Jinyan Fan is currently assistant professor at the Psychology Department of Auburn University. He earned a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from Ohio State University in 2004. Prior to joining Auburn’s faculty, Dr. Fan has taught for 6 years at Hofstra University. His research interests are in the domains of newcomer orientation and socialization, cross-cultural adjustment and training, personnel selection, and adult social self-efficacy. His work has appeared in Journal of Applied Psychology, Psychological Assessment, Journal of Management, The Counseling Psychologist, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Human Performance, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Journal of Positive Psychology, and Personality and Individual Differences.

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