Michael Aamodt's Fifth Edition of INDUSTRIAL/ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY: AN APPLIED APPROACH appeals directly to students by incorporating a high degree of scholarship along with many real-world examples that make the excitement of this field obvious. This text integrates charts and tables to simplify such complicated issues as employment law, job satisfaction, work motivation and leadership. While striking a balance between research, theory and application, Aamodt introduces humor to make the student's reading more enjoyable. Students will be able to relate to industrial/organizational psychology by viewing such practical applications as how to write a resume, survive an employment interview, write a job description, create a performance appraisal instrument, and motivate employees.
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Mike Aamodt is a professor in the Psychology Department at Radford University, where he conducts research and teaches courses in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He is also an experienced consultant, adding to the text's unique and applied approach. He received his B.A. in psychology from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California and both his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas. As a teacher, Mike teaches courses in employee selection, employee training and development, job analysis and evaluation, organizational politics, organizational influence, forensic psychology, program evaluation, and psychology of the criminal mind. As a consultant, Mike has helped a wide variety of organizations deal with such issues as employee selection, performance evaluation, downsizing, organizational change, compensation, salary equity, affirmative action, and employee motivation. As a trainer, Mike is a frequently requested speaker and is known for his fast-paced, humorous presentations. Mike has published over 50 articles in professional journals and presented more than 90 papers at professional conferences. He is the author of Industrial/Organizational Psychology: An Applied Approach, now in its sixth edition, as well as the author of Research in Law Enforcement Selection, Law Enforcement Selection: Research Summaries, I/O Psychology in Action, and is the coauthor of Human Relations in Business and Statistics for Human Resource Professionals. Mike is the editor of "Applied HRM Research," the technical affairs editor for the "Assessment Council News," and an associate editor for the "Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology," and the Journal of Business and Psychology." In his spare time, Mike likes to make lame attempts at being athletic, cook what at times turn out to be edible meals, travel, and SCUBA dive. He lives in Pulaski, Virginia with his wife Bobbie, three neurotic dogs (Gretchen, Ally, and Sydney), and a three-legged cat named Ilean.
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