Research: What Gets Implemented, and Why

  • Virginia R. Boehm


The application of behavioral science research can contribute greatly to organizational and personal productivity. Our belief in that assertion is what motivated this conference. But, while there have been some very successful behavioral science applications including some presented at this conference (Cascio, this volume) there have been nowhere near as many as there could have been and should have been, largely because there is a gap, and a sizable one, between research and implementation.


Academic Researcher Organizational Problem Aptitude Test Personal Productivity Behavioral Science Research 


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Virginia R. Boehm
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  1. 1.Assessment & Development AssociatesPortlandUSA

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