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By: Carla Gibbes, Mark Holloway & Donald Ridley

In: Applied Psychology: Research, Training and Practice

Chapter 6: Occupational Psychology

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Occupational Psychology
Occupational psychology
Carla GibbesMark HollowayDonald Ridley
Introduction

Occupational psychology attempts to understand and explain the behaviour and experience of people at work by applying theory and research from psychology. It is known in different countries by other names, e.g. in the USA it is called industrial/organisational psychology and in Europe it is work and organisational psychology. Moreover, other disciplines also concern themselves with people at work, e.g. human resource management and personnel management, and some practitioners call themselves business psychologists or management psychologists.

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