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Division 52's Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award Given to Chhokar, Brodbeck, and House for Culture and Leadership Across the World

The objectives of GLOBE, among other things, included exploration of those leader behaviors, attributes, and organizational practices that might be universal and those that might be culture specific.

By Renée Goodstein and Uwe P. Gielen

Division 52's Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award was established in 2007 to recognize the author(s) or editor(s) of a recent book that makes the greatest contribution to psychology as an international discipline and profession. The recipients of this year's award are Jagdeep S. Chhokar, Felix C. Brodbeck, and Robert J. House for their edited book Culture and Leadership Across the World: The GLOBE Book of In-Depth Studies of 25 Societies. Dr. Chhokar will give an address at the August APA 2009 Convention in Toronto, where he will discuss the book as part of Division 52's Hospitality Suite Program. Honorable Mention is given to Shane R. Jimerson, Thomas D. Oakland, and Peter T. Farrell, who served as editors for The Handbook of International School Psychology.

Culture and Leadership Across the World: The GLOBE Book of In-Depth Studies of 25 Societies is based on the Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness (GLOBE) research project in which approximately 17,300 middle managers from organizations in 62 countries participated. The objectives of GLOBE, among other things, included exploration of those leader behaviors, attributes, and organizational practices that might be universal and those that might be culture specific. As part of this project, Chhokar et al.'s volume provides indepth analyses of the interplay of culture and leadership in 25 countries located around the world.

Honorable Mention (the ‘Silver Award') for 2009 is given to Shane R. Jimerson, Thomas D. Oakland, and Peter T. Farrell, who served as editors for The Handbook of International School Psychology. This book includes a broadly conceived overview of international school psychology, as well as reviews of the status of school psychology in 43 countries. For each country, a number of core questions were addressed such as: What is the broader context of school psychology in a given country? How did school psychology develop and what is its current status? How are school psychologists trained, and what are their respective roles, functions and responsibilities?

Ursula Geilen Awards

The Ursula Geilen Global Psychology Book award is presented annually. Books submitted for the award were reviewed by various experts, who weigh the merits of the book based on specific criteria such as:

  • How creative and novel are the ideas expressed in the book?
  • How large and significant a contribution does the book make to psychology as a global discipline and profession?
  • Are the book's contents international or global in nature?
  • Is the book scientifically rigorous and logically sound?
  • Are its theoretical bases well supported and translatable into sound and ethical practice?
  • What is the literary quality of the work? Is it interestingly and well written? Is the audience for whom it is written explicitly stated and does it reach that audience?
  • Does the book maintain a clear focus on psychology as a science and practice?

The Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award Committee members include the following: Renée Goodstein (Chair), Florence L. Denmark, Juris G. Draguns, Michael J. Stevens, Harold Takooshian, Richard S. Velayo, and Uwe P. Gielen (ex officio). Ψ