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Industrial And Organizational Psychology

Autor:  lyssa66  23 January 2014
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Industrial/Organizational Paper

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Industrial/Organizational Paper

Industrial and organizational psychology is a science that examines the human and nonhuman behavior, emotion, cognition, and motivation. This paper will describe the evolution of the field, explain why it should be a science, explain how descriptive and inferential statistics are used, and discuss how I/O psychology has influenced organizations.

Evolution of Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Industrial/Organizational psychology came about in the early 1800s. Hugo Munsterberg and Walter Dill Scoot were pioneers in the field of I/O psychology. They were experimental psychologists who were concerned with workers choice and psychological tests. Another contributor in industrial and organizational psychology was Frederick W, Taylor. Taylor developed “scientific management”, which was focused toward assembly workers. He developed criteria that aided in the hiring of employees who would help with productivity. The husband and wife team of Lillian and Frank Gilbreth combined the fields of engineering and psychology and developed the “time and motion study”. The study measured and timed individual motion when doing tasks to develop ways of working that were more efficient (Spector, 2012). Industrial and organizational psychology was heightened because of both World Wars. Psychologists began to deal with the problems that spanned both the industrial and organizational aspects of work. According to Kanfer (2005), the first to use large-scale psychological testing to place people in the proper jobs was the Army. Led by Robert Yerkes, a group of psychologist developed the Army Alpha and Army Beta group test that looked at mental ability. This led to an efficient way of placing new recruits in positions that best suited them. This was the first large-scale psychological tests that provided the foundation for tests like the SAT (Spector, 2012).

Industrial/Organizational Psychology as a Science

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