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John P. Campbell & Michael P. Wilmot

In: The SAGE Handbook of Industrial, Work and Organizational Psychology: Personnel Psychology and Employee Performance

Chapter 1: The Functioning of Theory in Industrial, Work and Organizational Psychology (IWOP)

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The Functioning of Theory in Industrial, Work and Organizational Psychology (IWOP)
The Functioning of Theory in Industrial, Work, and Organizational Psychology (IWOP)
John P. CampbellMichael P. Wilmot
Introduction

The title was chosen advisedly. This chapter is not about how to construct or create theory. It is not about the epistemology of theory. It is not about philosophy of science in general, or about logical positivism, modernism, post-modernism, or social constructivism in particular. It is not even about good theory versus bad theory. Rather, the goals are to consider: how ‘theory’ currently functions in industrial, work, and organizational psychology (IWOP); (1) what its role(s) seem to be; (2) what its objectives are; (3) the context(s) or environment(s) in which it seeks to operate; and (4), most importantly, the ...

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