Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Research and Practice

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Paul Spector's Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Research and Practice provides students with an understanding of the whole field of I/O psychology by balancing its treatment of both practice and research. The author establishes connections between concepts, both within and across various chapters, making important concepts and findings from the field more understandable.

The Fifth Edition builds on the success of its prior four editions, adding new material and new topics, with more than 150 new references. The text continues to focus on providing a clear, understandable, up-to-date text that covers the core material of the field while including the most cutting-edge topics, including technology, internationalization, skilled labor shortages, and occupational health psychology.

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An engaging textbook comprising the diverse techniques I/O psychologists use to help enterprises handle issues concerning their employees. Commences with an overview of the field, both as a science and a practice, and the basic principles of I/O research methods. Job analysis, assessment of staff performance, approaches organizations use to hire new employees, the relationship between the individual and the company, worker health and safety, leadership and supervision are among the topics covered. Includes numerous case studies and discussion questions.

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Creating a more productive and healthier workforce is a balancing act.

In a field as rapidly expanding and diverse as I/O psychology, it’s not easy finding a book with just the right balance. Fortunately, Paul Spector’s Fourth Edition of Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Research and Practice is up to the job.

A balance between cutting-edge topics and core material

This Fourth Edition covers both the core material as well as newly emerging topics and cutting-edge findings. Inside, you’ll find 125 new references, as well as the latest thinking on team job analysis, drug testing, group problem solving, group diversity, cross-cultural issues in leadership, and more.

A balance between research and practice

The text’s balanced presentation of research and practice equips you with an understanding of the whole field. This balanced approach helps you see the relationship between the science and application of I/O psychology. You’ll find detailed summaries of current research, including international studies. In addition, cases introduce you to the wide array of settings and applied work that involve I/O psychologists.

 A balance between employee performance and well-being

I/O psychology isn’t just about how the organization can use psychology to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its workforce; it’s also about improving the health of the workforce. This Fourth Edition provides more balance between these two over-arching areas of the field.

Connect to online resources from the author’s classroom.

The author’s website features class notes from his I/O psychology course, practice exams, internet exercises, I/O career information, and links to I/O instructor and student resources. Go to www.wiley.com/college/spector for help presenting and studying the material in your textbook, and use these resources to go beyond the text.

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