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A look at the fundamental concepts of the field of industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology.
# 145609 | 1,115 words | 7 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 18, 2010 in Business (Management) , Business (Human Resources) , Psychology (General)

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The paper explains that the goal of the I/O psychologist is to assess and improve the efficiency of the employee, the group, and the organization. The paper looks at the evolution of this controversial system of management and examines the role of research and statistics in this field.

Definition of Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Definition of Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Evolution of Industrial/ Organizational Psychology
The Role of Research and Statistics in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

From the Paper:

"The fundamental concepts of the field of industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology have become a tool defined by its infancy. The domain of I/O psychologists is torn between the interests of industry and organizations and the desire to do what is best for the individual. The focus of psychology and the focus of industry and business have created a relationship that requires psychologists to walk a thin line between ethics and performance. (I/O) psychology is a domain centered on the principles of science and responsible for finding solutions to individual problems that exist in organizational situations. The goal of the I/O psychologists is to assess and improve the efficiency of the employee, the group, and the organization; this is a difficult task. Unlike much of the study of the human psyche, I/O psychology has evolved from the efforts and desires of the military and not from the thoughts and theories of early philosophers; therefore, one must question the motivations of those involved and these motives must be tempered with an understanding of the restrained cunning measures and procedures applied to manipulate a group or individual."

Sample of Sources Used:

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