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Is OBM Research Evolving?
The purpose of this is not to belittle these kinds of research, after all OBM interventions whether "small" or "large scale" necessitates behavior change at the employee level. Moreover these kinds of research were important because they showed repeatedly that the principles of behavior could be successfully applied to organizations. However, these studies did not fully convey the scope of OBM.
However, in the past three years, the JOBM has published more research containing interventions that affect business results like Hyten (2009) called for. Since 2010, we've seen numerous articles published on Behavioral Systems Analysis and Organizational Safety; in fact an entire edition was dedicated to the former.
We've also JOBM publications integrating OBM with Industrial and Organizational Psychology (I/O Psychology) approaches. This is important because it addresses one major criticism of OBM. The criticism is that I/O Psychology addresses major issues (read: profit related issues) that many organizations care about and as a result is more marketable. These types of publications prove that OBM can also address organizational challenges that directly impact business results. I believe it is in our best interest to continue along this path.
Hyten, C. (2009). Strengthening the Focus on Business Results: The Need for
Systems Approaches in Organizational Behavior Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior
Management, 29, 87-107.