Chapter

1 A Snapshot in Time: Industrial–Organizational Psychology Today

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

I. CONDUCTING AND COMMUNICATING RESEARCH IN INDUSTRIAL–ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

  1. Scott Highhouse PhD1,
  2. Neal W. Schmitt PhD2

Published Online: 26 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118133880.hop212001

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Highhouse, S. and Schmitt, N. W. 2012. A Snapshot in Time: Industrial–Organizational Psychology Today. Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition. 12:I:1.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Bowling Green State University, Department of Psychology, Bowling Green, Ohio, USA

  2. 2

    Michigan State University, Department of Psychology, East Lansing, Michigan, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 SEP 2012

Abstract

This chapter aims to provide a big picture view of the field of industrial–organizational (I-O) psychology as it exists today. Major tensions in the field are examined, and compared with tensions that existed thirty years ago. Prominent I-O scholars provided their views on major issues in the field, including (a) a perceived need for increased focus on temporal and change processes, (b) a perceived need for more attention to the meaning of work in people's lives, (c) an increase in attention to worker welfare, and (d) a concern over the viability of I-O psychology as an academic discipline. The authors call for more translational research in I-O psychology, expanding the impact the field has on individual work lives.

Keywords:

  • industrial–organizational psychology;
  • occupational psychology;
  • work psychology;
  • business psychology;
  • personnel psychology;
  • human resources;
  • organizational behavior