Researchers conducting multinational organisational studies face considerable challenges. They must not only understand psychological variables, but also translate measures across several languages and administer those measures across several countries and organisational settings. Furthermore, once the data are collected, the researchers must determine whether the measures operate in a similar statistical manner across cultures in terms of their factor structure, reliability, and predictive validity. The entire process can be daunting. This book presents accessible models and real-world examples of large-scale, multinational research within organisations. The contributors describe their own successful research projects, highlighting the challenges they have faced and how they have overcome them. Psychometric, ethical, and methodological concerns are explored, as well as the personal and professional rewards of conducting this type of research. This book will help organisational researchers ensure that their studies are both generalisable and relevant to today's global and diverse work force. It will also help consumers of multicultural research in organisations (e.g., managers, practitioners, and policymakers) obtain a multicultural perspective on important research problems.
Ann Marie Ryan, PhD, is a professor of organisational psychology at Michigan State University (MSU). Her major research interests involve improving the quality and fairness of employee selection methods, and topics related to diversity and justice in the workplace. She also has recently conducted research on work nonwork conflict. In addition to publishing extensively in these areas, she regularly consults with organisations on improving assessment processes. She is a past president of APA's Division 14 (Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology [SIOP]) and past editor of the journal Personnel Psychology. Dr. Ryan has a long record of professional service on SIOP committees and National Academy of Sciences panels, and she currently serves on the Defense Advisory Committee on Military Personnel Testing. She received her PhD in psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.