Vanguard University invites you to share your research and professional project reports with your colleagues at Creating Healthy Organizations Conference 2017.

Call for Proposals (PDF)

Poster, Flash Talk, and Project Incubator Proposals for late-breaking research accepted until January 31, 2017

Submit a Proposal

About the Conference

As organizations strive to increase productivity in the rapidly changing and knowledge economy, can they rely on old “command and control” methods of managing individuals?  Does investing in people and their well-being make good business sense? What are individual and organizational benefits of dignity in the workplace, psychological safety, meaningful work, and just treatment? Does organizational success have to come at the cost of human thriving?

Creating Healthy Organizations: Science and Practice for Productivity and Well-being conference will explore evidence-based ways to help both organizations and individuals working in these organizations thrive.

We will facilitate an interdisciplinary dialogue to discuss these paradigm shifts in organizational studies:

  • From “command and control” to dignity and partnership at work
  • From human resources to human capital
  • From unbridled greed to conscious capitalism and corporate responsibility
  • From assumptions to data

Industry-specific Tracks:

  • Heal thyself: Healthy Organizations in Healthcare
  • Healthy Organizations in Education
  • Not-for-profit and mission-focused organizations
Themes and Topics

(submitters may indicate primary and secondary areas):

Business Case for Employee Well-Being/Organizational Health and Performance: Positive organizational behavior, Creativity, Initiative, Engagement, Motivation, Role Performance.

Organizational Ethics and Organizational Performance: Trust, Justice, Voice, Inclusion.

Responsible Organization: Corporate social responsibility, Conscious Capitalism.

Leadership for Healthy Organizations: Servant Leadership, Steward Leadership, Self-Leadership; Leader Ethics; Leader Competence; Leader Mental Wellness and Self-Awareness; Leadership Development; Positive Leader Behaviors, Power & Politics.

Psychological Safety and Dignity at Work: Bullying, Harassment, Incivility, Abusive Supervision, Customer Incivility, Coping, Organizational Response and Prevention, Psychological Contract.

Physical Health and Safety: Wellness Programs, Mindfulness, Violence Prevention, Stress & Health

Work-Life Balance: Life, work, and career development, Family-Friendly vs. Life-Friendly workplace

Diversity, Inclusion, and Organizational Health: Age, Race, Gender, Ability, Religion, Nationality, Family Status, Language, Culture, Identity, Discrimination and Stress, Cultural Competency, Diverse Workplace, Cultural Training, Diversity vs. Inclusion.

Policies and Procedures for Organizational Health: Selection, Onboarding, Training and Development, Performance Management, Accountability, Pay Structure, Job Security, Psychological Safety and Violence Prevention policies, Zero Tolerance Policies, Health-Related policies, Work Scheduling, Telework, Remote Work, Leave Policies, Customer-First vs. Employee-First Policies.

Changing Roles of Human Resources: People Processes, Human Capital, Strategic HR, Business Partnership, Evidence-based practice.

Developing Organizations, Developing Individuals: Job Crafting, Strengths Approaches, Meaningful Work, Succession Planning.

Organizational Culture and Organizational Development: Multilevel Interventions, Evaluation Studies, Organizational Learning, Strategic Planning, Coaching and Consulting, Sustainable Organizations.

Legislative Developments for creating healthy workplaces: National and regional policies for workplace fairness, health, human rights, and well-being.

Global, Technology, and Economic processes and healthy work: Migration, Global Economy, Global Workplace, Knowledge Economy, Global Intercultural Processes, Outsourcing, 24/7 work, Non-regular employment, E-scheduling and Monitoring, Technology, Work, and Health.

Special Worker Groups: Crisis Response Workers, Military, Healthcare, Education, Volunteer workers, Charitable organization workers, etc.

Who is invited to Submit Proposals?

Academics, practitioners, and students in all relevant fields (human resources, organizational psychology, organizational development, management, and other fields of organizational studies) are welcomed to submit presentation proposals. Share your practice experience and research findings, and help collectively shape better workplaces and more productive organizations.

CHO in a non-commercial conference. Conference sessions are reserved for sharing ideas regarding improving organizational performance and workplace well-being that are not tied to specific products and services. If you would like to disseminate information regarding products or services which are aligned with the focus of the conference (e.g., software, assessment instruments, office design services, etc), please contact to discuss visibility opportunities.