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Strategy and aims


To promote and support the development and application of Work and Organizational Psychology in Europe and to facilitate links between scientists and practitioners working in this field across Europe.

EAWOP as an Organization

EAWOP was founded in 1991, and is based on the philosophy of multiformity. It takes the political, cultural and linguistic diversity of Europe as a point of departure and acknowledges the existence of various intellectual communities that differ in the way they view and approach the problems of W&O psychology. Recognizing the fundamental equality of these intellectual communities, EAWOP tries to open boundaries and establish effective and durable links of co-operation.

EAWOP has been designed as an open network in which associations (called ‘Constituents’) as well as individual members can participate. Associations – in many cases ‘sections’ or ‘divisions’ of national psychological associations – are expected to play a crucial role in EAWOP by opening some of their activities to EAWOP members from other countries, and by cooperating with other associations in so-called ‘Dedicated Networks’ related to particular issues relevant for W&O psychology. Associations may also organize special activities in cooperation with other associations and/or the EAWOP secretariat. Individuals can take part as members of Constituents, i.e. through a collective arrangement, or on a direct, personal basis.

EAWOP is made up of a General Assembly, a Constituent Council, and an Executive Committee (EC). The highest body in EAWOP is the General Assembly. It decides about the general policy and budget of the association. It also elects the President and the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee develops, elaborates and implements EAWOP's policy and fulfils all further roles vis à vis the members and the outside world. Support is given by Task Forces and the Secretariat. The Constituent Council, composed of representatives of the Constituents, advises the Executive Committee on any relevant matter. There is considerable room for activities that are not under direct control of the General Assembly or the Executive Committee. Such activities can be, for instance, undertaken by dedicated networks organized by constituents or individual members.

European context for W/O Psychology

The European Union (EU) is an economic and political union of 28 member states. The EU traces its origins from the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) and the European Economic Community (EEC), formed by six countries in 1958. This fact makes the EU an excellent place for promoting Work and Organizational Psychology, for instance through common professional accreditation procedures as realized in the EuroPsy Specialist Certificate for Work and Organizational Psychology. Nonetheless, EAWOP also recognizes that European W/O Psychology is not bound by and can reach far beyond the EU. This is particularly important in the current situation where the British people have decided and other countries are considering to leave the EU. The diversity in cultural, economic, and political contexts within which European work and organizational psychologists conduct their research and promote good practices in organizations fosters a sound understanding of what it takes to contribute to the quality of working life.

Strategic Aims

Within the overarching objective of contributing to the quality of working life in terms of employee well-being and effective work organization, the EC has identified three key strategic aims for EAWOP

1. Influence policy-making in academia and practice

2. Increase practitioner engagement

3. Maintain a sustainable organization of the association

Specific objectives following from these strategic aims for the period to 2020 are:

•       To install a Task Force on Policy Impact to propose an action plan and to implement the actions agreed upon by the General Assembly in 2017;

•       To initiate and participate in activities agreed upon in the Memorandum of Understanding by the Alliance for Organizational Psychology for fostering ethical, relevant and rigorous research;

•       To increase contact and influence with relevant European bodies and institutions engaged in policy-making, standard setting and legislation;

•       To build relationships, e.g. through small joint conferences, with associations in related disciplines;

•       To explore options for an EAWOP book series;

•       To increase EAWOP membership among practitioners;

•       To intensify existing activities aimed at practitioners;

•       To expand web-based services for practitioners on EAWOP website;

•       To explore opportunities for job placement activities during congresses;

•       To support networking and knowledge transfer among constituents;

•       To support constituents in establishing the Specialist Certificate in Work and Organizational Psychology;

•       To explore options for expanding resource base (people, finances), e.g. through standing committees, larger EC, firm sponsorships;

•       To counteract threats of growing too large, e.g. concerning workload for volunteer organization, size and nature of the congress, financial stability.

More general and continuous objectives are:

•       To administer the affairs of EAWOP professionally;

•       To ensure that EAWOP maintains a healthy financial standing;

•       To maintain continuity and enhance success of EAWOP congresses;

•       To maintain and enhance services to members, markedly the EAWOP journals;

•       To increase membership of Constituents and their involvement in the decision-making processes of EAWOP;

•       To increase EAWOP membership;

•       To collaborate with IAAP and SIOP through the Alliance for Organizational Psychology;

•       To cooperate with EFPA to advance EAWOP interests.