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The Society of Psychologists in Management (SPIM) is a professional association of psychologists who also serve in managerial or leadership positions.

History and purpose

The Society of Psychologists in Management was founded in 1985 in Tampa, Florida by a small group of psychologists who also served in managerial roles. These included Anthony Broskowski, Richard Kilburg,[1] Dwight Harshbarger, Margaret Hastings, and Harry Levinson. The intent was to provide a professional home and identity for psychologists who were no longer working as practicing or academic psychologists, both to help them retain their identity and to recognize psychology-management as a distinctive profession.

Presidents of SPIM

The presidents of SPIM have been Richard Kilburg (1985–1986), Anthony Broskowski (1986–87), D. Dwight Harshbarger (1987–1988), Elizabeth Wales (1989–1990), Darwin (Deke) Dorr, (1990–1991), Dory Hollander (1991–1992), Ken Ball (1992–1993), Robert Perloff (1993–1994), Rodney L. Lowman (1994–1995), Marc T. Frankel (1995–1996), Ann Howard (1996–1997), Mark Ginsberg (1997–1998), Arthur M. Freedman (1998–1999), Paul Lloyd (1999–2000), Robert P. Lowman (2000–2001), Donald O. Clifton (2001–2002), Carl Greenberg (2002–2003), Marilyn Gowing (2003–2004), Linda Richardson (2004–2005), Dale Thompson (2005–2006), Judith Albino, 2006–2007, John C. Bruckman (2007–2008) and Cathleen Civiello (2008–2009). The current president is Roger Cooper (2010–2011).

Conferences, awards, and journal

SPIM holds an annual mid-winter conference for psychologist-managers and also provides programming at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association. The Society annually awards the Distinguished Psychologist in Management (DPIM) Award and the Richard Kilburg Service Award. It also publishes an academic journal, The Psychologist-Manager Journal. The journal has provided professional guidance relevance for psychologist-managers (e.g., crisis management, Ball, 2005; principles for growing a company, Clifton, 1999; transformational leadership, Eisenhower) and special issues such as on The Psychologist-President (Lowman, 1999). The organization also formed a not-for-profit foundation to further its charitable purposes.

Aims of organisation

Journals published

Prizes awarded

See also


  1. Carey School of Business, Johns Hopkins University

Further reading

  • Ball, K. (2001). Managing in ongoing crises: A psychologist-manager case study. The Psychologist-Manager Journal 5 (2), 15-20.
  • Clifton, D.O. (1999). Principles for growing a company. The Psychologist-Manager Journal 3 (1), 49-58.
  • Eisenhower, D. (2000). A leadership moment in history: The Allied crisis of December 1944. In D.O. Clifton (Ed.) Positive psychology and its implications for the psychologist-manager (Special Issue),The Psychologist-Manager Journal 4, 169-182.
  • Lowman, R.L. (1999). The psychologist-president (Special Issue). The Psychologist-Manager Journal 4, 25-113.

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