Stability and Change in Industrial and Organizational Psychology

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industrial and organizational psychology, job performance, job satisfaction, leadership, personnel selection, training, work motivation

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As single volume nested within a handbook for all of psychology, our purpose was to provide the depth and breadth that would capture the domain of industrial and organizational psychology in a way valuable for scholars and students in that field. We also hoped to create a volume to which those outside the field could turn in order to gain an appreciation of the latest thinking and research in the area. This opening chapter first discusses some of the major accomplishments and new directions that have advanced this field since publication of the 2nd edition of the Handbook of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (Dunnette & Hough, 1990). These “milestones” include the elaboration of models of job performance; completion of Project A, a long‐term selection and classification research program in the U.S. Army; development of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), a database of occupational information about job requirements; advances in thinking about levels of analysis; renewed interest in viewing workers as individuals and as members of teams; considerable progress in learning about relations between variables using meta‐analysis and other methods; and increased consideration of topics within a strategic human resource management framework. Finally, we commented on each of the 23 topical chapters, providing a preview of this volume's content.

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Stability and change in industrial and organizational psychology, in W. C. Borman, D. R. Ilgen, & R. J. Klimoski (Eds.), Handbook of Psychology, v. 12