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Psychology and Work
Perspectives on Industrial and Organizational Psychology

ISBN 9781848725089
Published November 23, 2015 by Routledge
600 Pages 462 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Psychology and Work is a new textbook for introductory Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology classes. Written by award-winning I/O professors with expertise in I/O Psychology and teaching this course, the book is organized into three main sections. It first includes an overview of the history of I/O Psychology and a chapter on research methods, subsequently covers the core principles of Industrial Psychology, and then discusses the key areas of Organizational Psychology.

The book contains numerous features that highlight key concepts and their relevance to students:

  • Learning goals direct students to the main objectives of each chapter
  • What Does This Mean for You? and Workplace Application boxes address the implications of the material for students
  • Case studies with accompanying questions illustrate how concepts are relevant in real-world practice
  • Reading lists and Your Turn questions provide further discussion
  • Keywords defined in the margins help students grasp important concepts
  • Sections discussing global and current issues give students a sense of what’s happening in the I/O psychology field

The book also has extensive online resources such as interactive features, quizzes, PowerPoint slides, and an instructor’s manual. Accompanied by a dynamic design and a strong set of pedagogical tools, Psychology and Work presents all-new content and relevant coverage for the I/O psychology course.

Table of Contents

Part I: Background.  1. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: The Profession and Its History.  2. Research Methods.  Part II: Industrial Psychology.  3. Job Analysis.  4. Criterion Measures.  5. Performance Appraisal: Measurement and Management of Performance.  6. Personnel Selection: Tests and Other Selection Procedures.  7. Personnel Selection: Strategic Issues in the Deployment of Selection Systems.  8. Training and Development.  Part III: Organizational Psychology.  9. Work Motivation.  10. Leadership at Work.  11. Job Attitudes and Emotions at Work.  12. Stress and Occupational Health Psychology.  13. Teams at Work.  14. Organizational Structure, Culture, and Change.

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Donald M. Truxillo is Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Portland State University.

Talya N. Bauer is the Cameron Professor of Management and Affiliated Psychology Faculty Member at Portland State University.

Berrin Erdogan is Professor of Management and Affiliated Psychology Faculty Member at Portland State University.


"This thorough and comprehensive text presents state-of-the-art science in an understandable form. Plentiful discussion questions, case examples, and other helpful features clearly convey the practical implications of the material."
—Eden B. King, George Mason University

"Psychology and Work will be a valuable asset to faculty teaching industrial/organizational psychology courses. One of the most unique and exciting aspects of this textbook is that it serves as an exemplar for infusing diversity within the curriculum. Every chapter presents varying perspectives and addresses the global implications of the key topics addressed in industrial/organizational psychology. Its use of up-to-date case studies, coverage of controversial issues in the field, and questions for thought will engage students and enhance their learning."
—Carolyn Springer, Adelphi University

"Truxillo, Bauer, and Erdogan take a fresh perspective in Psychology and Work by keeping their audience of students firmly in focus on every page. I felt more like I was in a room with these established social scientists, hearing them enthusiastically describe this exciting field to me, than I felt like I was reading a textbook. I especially loved the ‘What do you think?’ prompts at the end of the chapters; these challenge the students to go beyond learning concepts to thinking about how to really use them in practical ways."
—Lisa Finkelstein, Northern Illinois University

"This book is an excellent resource for undergraduate I-O Psychology classes. The in-depth concepts are well-explained and organized in a way that really engages readers. The book also has a strong psychology emphasis, focusing on the ideas relevant to the human side of I-O Psychology."
—Nicholas Salter, Ramapo College

"This is a great new contribution to the world of I-O textbooks. Students and instructors will not only find empirically-supported theory and practice, but will appreciate why it's engaging and fun to be an I/O psychologist."
—Kurt Kraiger, Colorado State University

"From the very first few pages, I could tell that Psychology and Work is a refreshingly different I/O psychology textbook. I was immediately drawn to the highly readable and clear writing styles of the three authors. The book reads as though I were sitting and listening to them present in a classroom. In the preface, the authors wrote that they "set out to create a book that would reflect [their] enthusiasm for the field as well as [their] love of both teaching and researching the many important issues involved in I/O psychology"…I believe they succeeded in doing just that and more...Psychology and Work makes it a joy for learners to not only digest a lot of information, but to also retain, and later retrieve that information (from memory or by referring back to the book)...I can’t say enough how clear and easy-to-understand the writing is throughout Psychology and Work!...It is truly a rare treat to find a book, written by college professors, that’s this much fun and easy to read! I only wish more I/O psychology textbooks were as well designed and written as Truxillo, Bauer, and Erdogan’s Psychology and Work. It is absolutely one of the finest and most carefully crafted textbooks I have seen! Bravo!"
—Dr Steve Nguyen, owner and creator of