Applied Industrial/Organizational Psychology

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9780534338800: Applied Industrial/Organizational Psychology

The Second Edition of Michael Aamodt's applied and often humorous book continues to provide students with an accessible and scholarly overview of I/O Psychology. Comprehensive and current, this revision chronicles the many changes that have taken place in the field, and presents the most recent information on new topics such as e-mail, workplace violence, and repetitive motion injuries. This book is accompanied by its own Student Workbook, "Industrial/Organizational Psychology in Action," which allows students to apply the material presented in the text.

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Michael G. Aamodt (M.A., Ph.D., University of Arkansas) is a Professor Emeritus of industrial/organizational psychology at Radford University in Radford, Virginia. Currently a principal consultant at DCI Consulting Group, he continues to teach a course each semester to fulfill his love of teaching. An award-winning teacher, Mike has taught courses in employee selection, job analysis, compensation, employee training and development, organizational psychology, organizational influence, organizational politics, and forensic psychology. He has published over 50 articles in professional journals and presented many papers at professional conferences. His fast-paced and humorous presentation style makes him a frequently requested speaker. He is the author of APPLIED INDUSTRIAL/ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (7th Edition), RESEARCH IN LAW ENFORCEMENT SELECTION, I/O PSYCHOLOGY IN ACTION, UNDERSTANDING STATISTICS IN I/O PSYCHOLOGY, and HUMAN RELATIONS IN BUSINESS. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, Applied H.R.M. Research, and Criminal Justice and Behavior, and is an active member in such organizations as SIOP, SHRM, IPAC, and the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology. As a trainer and consultant, Mike has helped many organizations deal with such issues as employee selection, performance evaluation, downsizing, organizational change, compensation, and motivation. He is considered one of the nation's experts in police psychology.

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"A balance among theory, data, and application that takes the reader from 'what is known' to 'what it means' to 'how can you use it.'"

"In describing Aamodt's book to a colleague, I would have to say that it's the best I/O textbook I have seen, and I have taught this course for over twenty years. Aamodt injects a hefty degree of humor without trivializing the content which increases student interest...Aamodt's I/O psychology textbook is definitely a book that I will adopt for the future. The book is well written. It does an excellent job of integrating the applied areas of I/O psychology with theory and research. The exercises, in addition to helping students acquire skills that can be used in the workplace, also help students learn about themselves. This combined self-development enhances student appeal and promotes greater student interest in the subject matter. The well-organized, clearly written format, with an ample injection of humor makes this textbook the best I/O psychology textbook on the market that I have ever seen."

"I like Aamodt because of the applied exercises. I take a hands-on approach to all my classes and this is particularly relevant in I/O psychology, which is the application of psychological theory and principles to the world of work. Your test bank is one of the better item banks in terms of quality of the items.""I would describe Aamodt's book as very "user-friendly." It is a text that students enjoy reading. Aamodt writes in a friendly manner using numerous examples from his own experiences that enrich and clarify they presentation of theories and concepts from I/O psychology. I especially like the numerous applied exercises for students as I believe that "doing" enables them to understand the concepts better and promotes a feeling of mastery and ownership."

"I use Aamodt's text because the exercises at the end of the chapters force students to read the text daily in order to complete and hand in the homework...I led the way to switch to Aamodt because we are a cost conscious college and...Aamodt's text combines the text with a student workbook for one price. A very nice feature." "The major strengths of Aamodt include: soft cover book with tear out pages, exercises at the ends of the chapters for application of knowledge, clearly labeled exhibits and tables, clearly visible corner labels for exercise pages for easy location."

"The writing style is conversational and often coveys enthusiasm for the subject matter. The chapter opening objectives, summaries, and employment profiles work well."

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