Special Tuesday Luncheon
Title: Personnel Assessment Strategies for Addressing Employee Collusion with External Threats
Presenter: Dr. John Jones, Vice President and Chief Scientist, General Dynamics Information Technology
Online registrations by 5pm ET the day before; Lunch buffet included on-site.
GMU Arlington Campus, Founder's Hall, Room 121
- 3351 N Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 22201 (map)
- Metro Access and Parking Available
Abstract: Employee collusion with external criminals, organized crime operations, and activist/extremist groups is a very costly and highly visible human capital risk exposure. Employee collusion with external threats is particularly serious because it can help criminals (1) access a wider and more valuable range of company or customer assets; (2) exploit operational vulnerabilities, systems and supply chains otherwise unavailable to external thieves; and (3) present a significant multiplier effect to the cost per infiltration or incident and result in significant brand damage and financial losses for organizations.
Our own preliminary research and case study analyses suggest that upwards of 20% of employees have a cognitive and/or behavioral disposition toward collusion with organized crime, and that sophisticated organized crime operations leverage surveillance, timing, location, sales pitches and affiliations to effectively recruit employee colluders. Our review of case studies identified four primary types of potential employee colluders, based on motivating factors and short- or long-term focus of their involvement. Developing a primary typology of potential colluders provided a research basis for the development of a pre-employment assessment measure to better predict the risk of employee collusion. Research also provided insights as to how valid and reliable assessments for current employees could be leveraged to improve the results of theft investigations and employee/leadership development efforts.
This session will expand attendees’ understanding of and approach to the employee collusion phenomenon by presenting a contemporary human-capital focus to the issue. While this is a relatively new area of personnel assessment research in the early stages of development, the session will still serve to increase attendees’ understanding of the prevalence, types and motivations of employee colluders. In addition, the session will wrap up by describing how employee collusion with external threats is but one type of emerging employee crime that oftentimes needs to be addressed with similar types of crime in mind, including cybercrime.
Speaker Bio: As Vice President and Chief Scientist, John W. Jones, Ph.D., ABPP, leads the Human Capital Sciences team of General Dynamics IT’s human capital risk management group. In this role, Dr. Jones serves as the principal thought leader and oversees all psychologists and consultants involved in the design, development, and implementation of the team’s human capital solutions portfolio. In more than 30 years of experience in the human capital management business, Dr. Jones has held a number of executive positions, including President and Senior I-O Psychologist for the Institute for Personality and Ability Testing (IPAT, Inc.). He helped to establish the Association of Test Publishers (ATP) in 1988, where he has served as a board member and Chair of the Standards Committee. He is the author of numerous books, journal articles, and conference presentations. He is also the founder of the Journal of Business and Psychology.
Dr. Jones was awarded diplomat status in I-O psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Sciences, the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology, and the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology, among others. He was awarded Fellow status by the Association for Psychological Science and he is an Adjunct Professor of graduate-level I-O Psychology at Roosevelt University. Relevant areas of expertise include:
- Strategic human resources management and 21st century organizational designs
- Personality-based leadership assessment and coaching paradigms
- Development and validation of web-enabled personnel recruitment and selection systems
- Psychological approaches to industrial risk management, safety, and security
PTC/MW thanks GMU's Industrial-Organizational Psychology Student Association (IOPSA) for their continued support in organizing and hosting our monthly luncheons and workshops.