9. Work Psychology

  1. Paul R. Martin2,
  2. Fanny M. Cheung BA PhD3,
  3. Michael C. Knowles MCom (Qld), PhD (Edin)4,
  4. Michael Kyrios5,
  5. J. Bruce Overmier6 and
  6. José M. Prieto7
  1. Robert A. Roe

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395150.ch9

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

How to Cite

Roe, R. A. (2011) Work Psychology, in IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology (eds P. R. Martin, F. M. Cheung, M. C. Knowles, M. Kyrios, J. B. Overmier and J. M. Prieto), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395150.ch9

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Griffith University, Queensland, Australia

  2. 3

    Chinese University of Hong Kong

  3. 4

    Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

  4. 5

    Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

  5. 6

    University of Minnesota, USA

  6. 7

    Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Author Information

  1. Maastricht University, Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 1 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405193313

Online ISBN: 9781444395150



  • work psychology;
  • work psychology, as part of applied psychology (“psychotechnics”);
  • work psychology, distinguishing itself - by types of work-related problems, trying to understand and resolve;
  • prerequisite for good performance - optimal workload, requiring resources matching available resources;
  • effects of task performance - cumulative, trends, that gradually change work capacity of working people;
  • impact of work on person - impact of work, inherent in performance process;
  • human performance in a system - with manual control, resembling performance as described earlier;
  • term “human error” - cases, where people fail to perform as expected;
  • professional activities of work psychologists - related to establishing, maintaining, and restoring safe and effective work;
  • changing economic landscape and technological developments - along with emergence of new business strategies, bringing dramatic changes in nature of work


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • What i s Work Psychology?

  • Theory and Research in Work Psychology

  • Professional Activities of Work Psychologists

  • New Developments in Work

  • Challenges for Work Psychology

  • Future Perspective

  • References