Understanding Occupational and Organizational Psychology provides full coverage of the British Psychological Society's training requirements for becoming a chartered occupational psychologist and complies with European training guidelines for industrial, work, and organizational psychology. This book will prompt and inspire further reading and research as well as ideas for dissertations, problem formulation and the creative application of knowledge to various situations.



If you want to achieve excellence you can't just find it, you have to be in there. (Gordon Ramsay, Top Celebrity Chef, speaking on Parkinson BBC1, 24 April 2004)


Training can be defined as ‘the systematic acquisition of attitudes, concepts, knowledge, rules or skills that result in improved performance at work’ (Goldstein, 1991: 508). Training is necessary to keep abreast of rapid economic, organizational and technological change, and the need to compete in world markets. Work today is infinitely more cognitively complex and the tempo is fast. The foremost question for the contemporary organization is not ‘how should the organization be structured to effectively achieve its task’ but ‘how can the task be most optimally performed in the circumstances?’ ‘Smart’ systems reconfigure for the occasion ...

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