Make Your Work Matter: Forging a Fit as a Pathway to Purpose

Professor Bryan Dik

Thursday, January 16, 2014, 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Otto Miller Hall, Room 109


Bryan Dik, PhD, will speak on the importance of fitting in at your organization as part of your sense of calling; it is not only what you do, but where and how you accomplish your goals. Known in the management literature as "person-environment fit," he will talk about the theological and biblical understanding of calling. He will also discuss his research and consulting work around this notion of "fit" as not just a way to improve productivity, but as an organizing principle for career decisions around calling, and finding meaning and purpose in your work. 

Professor Dik teaches psychology at Colorado State University and is cofounder and chief science officer of jobZology. He co-authored Make Your Job a Calling: How the Psychology of Vocation can Change Your Life at Work (2012, Templeton Press) and co-edited two other books, Psychology of Religion and Workplace Spirituality (2012, Information Age) and Purpose and Meaning in the Workplace (2013, APA Books). His research focuses on career development, especially perceptions of work as a calling; meaning, purpose, religion and spirituality in career decision-making and planning; measurement of vocational interests; and career development interventions. He serves on the editorial boards of six research journals, and is a recipient of the Early Career Professional Award from the Society for Vocational Psychology.

CIB is very pleased to host this session in partnership with SPU's Center for Leadership Research and Development.