This new volume is a collection of thought-provoking essays on the current state of social and organizational psychology. The topics range from data analysis and interpretation, to research ethics, to theoretical issues, to an examination of psychological epistemology and theory.
The book is divided into three sections. The first section, focuses on Ralph Rosnow’s greatest contribution to psychology, advancing our knowledge of the methods and ethics of research. This section introduces refinements in research methodology, ethical issues in the conduct of psychological research, and the thorny problems of artifact in behavioral research. Four of the chapters in the next section cover topics in organizational psychology (consumer behavior, rumor in organizational contexts, decision making, and leadership) and three review social psychological topics (science and social issues, smiling, and human values). The final section is a collection of chapters on theory from three eminent scholars. This thought provoking finale raises epistemological questions for future generations to solve.
The book is intended for graduate students and scholars in social, organizational, and consumer psychology, and related disciplines such as communication, management, marketing, management information systems, and sociology.
Contents: Preface. Part I: Context. P.B. Crabb, The Bolton Legacy. Part: II: Methods and Ethics of Research. R. Rosenthal, Praising Pearson Properly: Correlations, Contrasts, and Construct Validity. D.B. Rubin, Estimating Treatment Effects From Nonrandomized Studies Using Subclassification on Propensity Scores. H. Wainer, On Model-Based Inferences: A Fitting Tribute to a Giant. M.C. Rosenthal, Retrieving Literature for Meta-Analysis: Can We Really Find It All? D.B. Strohmetz, Rebuilding the Ship at Sea: Coping With Artifacts in Behavioral Research. A.J. Kimmel, From Artifacts to Ethics: The Delicate Balance Between Methodological and Moral Concerns in Behavioral Research. P. Blanck, H.A. Schartz, H. Ritchie, R. Rosenthal, Science and Ethics in Conducting, Analyzing, and Reporting Disability Policy Research. Part III: Social and Organizational Psychology. B. Rind, Meta-Analysis, Moral Panic, Congressional Condemnation, and Science: A Personal Journey. J.A. Hall, E.J. Coats, L.S. LaBeau, Is Smiling Related to Interpersonal Power? Theory and Meta-Analysis. C.B. Thomas, Jr., Some Observations on the Social Psychological Study of Human Values. A.M. Muñiz, Jr., T.C. O'Guinn, G.A. Fine, Rumor in Brand Community. N. DiFonzo, P. Bordia, Rumor in Organizational Contexts. D.A. Hantula, D. Landman, Making Sense of Escalating Commitment to a Failing Course of Action. E.P. Hollander, Influence Processes in Leadership-Followership: Inclusion and the Idiosyncrasy Credit Model. Part IV: Theory and Epistemology. R. Perloff, An Rx for Advancing and Enriching Psychology. W.J. McGuire, Twenty Questions for Perspectivist Epistemologists. R.E. Lana, Experiment and Interpretation in Social Psychology: A Paradigm Shift?