The first volume in The SAGE Handbook of Industrial, Organizational and Work Psychology introduces key concepts in personnel and employee performance from cognitive ability and the psychological predictors used in assessments to employee and team values. The editor and contributors present a clear overview of key research in the areas of behaviour change and how to assess individual job performance - making Volume I indispensable for anyone working in or studying Human Resource Management.
Chapter 1: The Functioning of Theory in Industrial, Work and Organizational Psychology (IWOP)
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 ...