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Early Years of Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Andrew J. Vinchur


ISBN: 9781107671683
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Provides a comprehensive history of the early years of industrial and organizational psychology from an international perspective. A valuable resource for undergraduate and graduate students, I-O psychologists, practitioners, and historians of science.
Early Years of Industrial and Organizational Psychology
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ISBN: 9781107671683
ANNOTATION:
Provides a comprehensive history of the early years of industrial and organizational psychology from an international perspective. A valuable resource for undergraduate and graduate students, I-O psychologists, practitioners, and historians of science.

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Provides a comprehensive history of the early years of industrial and organizational psychology from an international perspective. A valuable resource for undergraduate and graduate students, I-O psychologists, practitioners, and historians of science.

Publisher Description

This book provides a history of the origins of industrial-organizational (I-O) psychology, focusing on the late nineteenth century and early twentieth centuries. Taking an international perspective, The Early Years of Industrial-Organizational Psychology examines the context in which the field emerged, and its origins in the measurement of individual differences. Andrew J. Vinchur covers the initial applications of psychology in advertising, the study of fatigue, and especially employee selection, as well as the role industrial psychology played in World War I and the post-war expansion of the field. He also examines the education of industrial psychologists, their efforts to establish industrial psychology as a profession, and the beginnings of the organizational side of the field.

Author Biography

Andrew J. Vinchur is a Professor of Psychology and former department head at Lafayette College. Long interested in the history of psychology, his published work has focused on the history of industrial and organizational psychology, especially the history of psychology applied to employee selection.

Table of Contents

  1. Work, psychology, and history; 2. Historical context and influence; 3. Measurement, individual differences, and psychological testing; 4. Initial forays into industry; 5. Industrial psychology and the Great War; 6. The post-war expansion of industrial psychology; 7. Employee selection in the 1920s; 8. The education of industrial psychologists; 9. Establishing a profession; 10. The beginnings of organizational psychology; 11. Reflections on the early years of I-O psychology.

Review

'This book provides a compelling look at the extent of research on applied topics in the early years of the 20th century and at how it affected current theory and research. In unfolding industrial and organizational psychology, the author links the work of the applied psychologists to the major historical figures in psychology, showing that the connection between theory and application was closer than is apparent from standard histories. This book is a welcome addition to the history of applied psychology.' B. C. Beins, Choice 'This book provides a compelling look at the extent of research on applied topics in the early years of the 20th century and at how it affected current theory and research. In unfolding industrial and organizational psychology, the author links the work of the applied psychologists to the major historical figures in psychology, showing that the connection between theory and application was closer than is apparent from standard histories. This book is a welcome addition to the history of applied psychology.' B. C. Beins, Choice

Product Details

ISBN-10
110767168X
ISBN-13
9781107671683
Format
Paperback
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Author
Andrew J. Vinchur
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Illustrations
9 Halftones, black and white
Year
2018
Publication Date
2018-11-08
Pages
374