Association for Behavior Analysis International

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30th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2004

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Invited Paper Session #353
CE Offered: None

The Power and Glory of Human Performance Technology

Monday, May 31, 2004
1:30 PM–2:20 PM
Liberty B
Area: OBM; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Rene Quinones, Ph.D.
Chair: Rene Quinones (University of Nevada, Reno)
DONALD TOSTI (Vanguard Consulting)
Dr. Donald T. Tosti is the founding partner of Vanguard Consulting, Inc. He has an extensive and varied background in both management and human performance development, and has been a recognized expert in performance-based approaches to organizational effectiveness for three decades. His pioneering work on contingency management (he coined the term) began in the 1960s. His articles on “Contingency Management and Motivation”, “Media and Presentation Design,” “Formative Feedback,” “Organizational Alignment,” “Performance-Based Leadership,” and “Systemic Change” are considered seminal in the field. Dr. Tosti has been involved in a wide range of organizational alignment and change programs for companies in the United States, the Middle East, and Europe. His consulting activities include work in leadership, management, culture change, strategic alliance, and internal marketing. He has also written numerous books and articles on human performance and its application in today’s business world. He is President-Elect of the International Society of Performance Improvement.

Human Performance Technology (HPT) was begun in the early 1960s by behavioral scientists who felt that what they had learned in the laboratory could be applied in the real world. In the last 40+ years the technology has matured and its applications greatly expanded. With the blending of behavioral and systems theory it may well be one of the most important and powerful technologies in the world today. In this presentation we will discuss HPT principles and models and their many applications focused on individual, operational, organizational and marketplace performance.




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