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1 Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology Slides 7 to 16 (Historical Background) are NOT IMPORTANT

2 2 The application of psychological principles to the workplace (anywhere people work) Help people do their jobs help employers treat employees fairly help make jobs more interesting and satisfying help workers be more productive What is I/O psychology?

3 3 Treat employees fairly Treat people from diverse backgrounds fairly select people for jobs provide training reward promotions/raises address harassment What is I/O psychology?

4 Why Study I-O Psychology? Work Large chunk of the day Largest period of adult life Often governs where we live how we live people we associate with The world of work and work behavior

5 Specialization within I-O Psychology Industrial selection training performance measurement Organizational development motivation job satisfaction and stress more...

6 Scientist/Practitioner Model Scientific Objective study and understanding of all aspects of behavior at work conduct research publish results Applied Objective application of psychological principles and the knowledge gleaned from research deal with specific problems/issues

7 History - Industrial Psychology Wilhelm Wundt 1st Psychology Laboratory (1879) Early 1900’s Walter Dill Scott W.L. Bryan Industrial Psychology Frederick Taylor Scientific Management Frank & Lillian Gilbreth Efficiency Experts

8 Time-and-Motion Studies Procedures in which work tasks are broken down into simple component movements and the movements timed to develop a more efficient method for performing the tasks often doubled, tripled or even quadrupled labor output revolutionized physical labor jobs in terms of efficiency and productivity

9 History (continued) Hugo Munsterberg 1st book on psychology and industrial efficiency st work simulation, Pittsburgh trolley drivers Max Weber classic book on bureaucracy World War I First wide spread use of testing in selection

10 World War I - testing Army Alpha intelligence test for selection and placement of military personnel (recruits) found over 1/4 of recruits were illiterate Army Beta non-verbal intelligence test for non-reading recruits First efforts at mass testing; lead the way for future testing efforts

11 1924 Hawthorne Works of Western Electric A positive change in behavior occurs at the onset of an intervention followed by gradual decline. Revealed the existence of informal employee work groups and their influence on production Identified the importance of employee attitudes and the value of an understanding supervisor

12 The Hawthorne Effect Changes in behavior occur as a function of one’s knowledge that they are being observed and their expectations concerning their role as a research participant

13 Human Relations Movement (Organizational Psychology) Based on the Hawthorne studies (by Elton Mayo) that emphasizes the importance of social factors (informal processes) in influencing work performance. Worker morale Co-worker relations Social sources of motivation, especially in repetitive low level work

14 World War II (continued work begun in WW I) Army General Classification Test (AGCT) classified 12million soldiers based on ability to learn selection for officer training Pilot selection and training OSS (precursor to CIA) select spies based on situational tests intelligence, adaptability and creative thinking

15 Post World War II Specialty areas of I-O became more pronounced testing selection evaluation Defense industry growth spurred development engineering psychology human factors psychology ergonomics

16 50’s Ohio State Leadership Studies (Landmark in I-O) Structure task oriented leadership Consideration people oriented leadership Human Relations Movement (expanded) quality of work life job satisfaction

17 1960’s through early 1990’s Research and practice of I-O flourished motivation goal setting job attitudes organizational stress group processes organizational power and politics organizational development

18 1960’s and 1970’s Civil Rights and Women’s Movements Prohibits: Discrimination in employment (hiring, firing, training…) Segregation Retaliation for filing Claims Administered by E.E.O.C Uniform Guidelines developed

19 Cross Cultural I/O Psychology Diversity of Workforce Increasing diversity Women Ethnic minorities Opportunity for different viewpoints and perspectives organizational creativity and innovation understanding and reaching new markets By 2010 white males will count for less than 40% of the workforce

20 Cross Cultural I/O Psychology Scope of the Work Environment Globalization of business 100,000+ U.S. company do business overseas Jobs increasing in complexity Increased responsiveness to needs of workers

21 Cross Cultural I/O Psychology Other issues Mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures International business environment “cultural shock” outsourcing High technology and telecommunication systems Internet influences

22 Changing Labor Market Tighter market for skilled workers recruitment (attract) selection retention retraining Growing numbers of low-skilled service jobs how can this work be made more meaningful?

23 Organizational Downsizing Strategy of reducing an organization’s workforce to improve organizational efficiency, productivity and/or competitiveness technological advances robotics computer-assisted manufacturing reduction in mid-level management flatter organizations teams

24 Current Hot Topics Mergers, Acquisitions and Joint Ventures Influences of Technology Explosion Cultural Diversity Change Management Work and Family Balance Competency Modeling Teams

25 Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology Today One of the fastest growing areas of psychology

26 Four Main Work Areas of I-O Psychologists Academia37% Consulting38% Government7% Industry18%

27 Six Fields (specialization areas) Selection and Placement Performance Appraisal Training and Development Organizational Development Occupational Health Quality of work life Human Factors Psychology Ergonomics


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