A Look at Organizational Psychology
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The paper explains that organizational psychology concerns itself with the human behavior that occurs in a workplace and the human attitudes that cause or result from this behavior. The paper describes how this field of psychology offers valuable information regarding the social interactions at work, thereby facilitating a more productive work environment. The paper also looks at the relation of organizational psychology to other fields of psychology and at the benefits of having an organizational psychological plan in the workplace.
From the Paper:"Organizational psychology, also known as industrial psychology, is "the study of human behavior and attitudes in the workplace," (Encarta Dictionary, 2010) thus it's also sometimes referred to as I-O (industrial-organizational) psychology. As a sub-specialty within the psychology discipline, organizational psychology concerns itself most with the psychological study of a workplace environment; that is, the human behavior that occurs in a workplace and the human attitudes that cause or result from this behavior. The goal of the discipline is to improve workplace environments by identifying attitudes and behaviors that are not conducive to workplace harmony, and replacing those with behaviors benefitting an organization. Additionally, organizational psychology goes one step further to pre-empt behavioral workplace problems by improved human resources via training and feedback.
"Organizational psychology evolved out its parent discipline of psychology, which is the "scientific study of the human mind and mental states, and of human behavior" (Encarta dictionary). Jex explains that, in examining a particular workplace, the organizational structure is complex, and therefore can produce entities that function well or fail miserably (ix). As psychology focuses on the human mind and mental states, organizational psychology applies those facets to the workplace. Jex (2002) further avers that this specialized discipline offers valuable information regarding the social interactions at work, thereby facilitating a more productive work environment."
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