Purdue University Program Design & Evaluation Unit 8 Questions Discussion


Collaborating with Other Disciplines

A behavior analyst’s work is not done once an intervention is in place. The organization and performers must continue to engage in the needed behavior to ensure long-lasting and successful change. Additionally, in your future careers in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), you will often have to collaborate with others from different disciplines. This will require an understanding of other fields, as well as the skills to determine where you can collaborate and create the most effective treatment environment for clients.

For this week’s Discussion, you will highlight ways to maintain change in organizations by setting up systems for maintenance, and gathering support from others:

  1. Discuss the matching law and relate it to creating and sustaining change in organizations.
  2. Identify the role technology plays in the workplace. Discuss how technology could be utilized to help create and sustain change.
  3. Discuss what is meant by “humble behaviorism,” as referenced in the library resource by Nuernger (1991).
  4. Discuss how the ideas of reciprocation and “humble behaviorism” will impact collaboration with other disciplines and maintain change in employee behavior in your future career in behavior analysis.

Peer Responses:

Review two of your classmates’ posts to assess the following:

  • Critique your peer’s description of the matching law. Is it accurate? Include your own examples to help illustrate this concept.
  • Include additional suggestions that your peer may have left out to increase maintenance and buy-in from others.

Reading and Resources

Your readings this week will provide an overview of potential collaboration between the fields of Organizational Development (OD) and Organizational Behavior Management (OBM). You will read about the strengths and weaknesses of each approach, as well as potential paths of reciprocation.

Your Library Resources will cover concepts related to collaboration with others and increasing support for ABA.

In the textbook read:

Chapter 18: “Technology and Behavior”

Chapter 20: “Performance Management”

Read the following article from the Purdue Global Library:

Neuringer, A. (1991). Humble behaviorism. The Behavior Analyst, 14(1), 1–13.


Daniels, A. (2016) Bringing Out the Best in People: How to Apply the Astonishing Power of Positive Reinforcement.

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