This edited volume is derived from a conference held in honor of Charles Hulin's contribution to the psychology of work. His research has carefully developed and tested theory related to job satisfaction, withdrawal from work, and sexual harassment. Edited by Hulin's students, The Psychology of Work discusses research in job satisfaction. This research shows that job satisfaction plays an essential role in theories of organizational behavior. Formal models are used, such as item response theory, structural equation modeling, and computational models.
Three general and consistent themes in Hulin's research are represented in this book's chapters. The first theme is a focus on broad, general constructs, such as job satisfaction. The virtue of this approach is that a wide range of behavior can be explained by a small number of variables. The second theme involves the examination of the antecedents and consequences of job satisfaction. This theme is increasingly important because it ties research on job attitudes and job behaviors where links are consistently found to social attitudes and behaviors where links are rarely found. The third theme consists of Hulin's interest in the use of formal models to characterize and understand behavior.
This volume will be of interest to scholars and students in industrial/organizational psychology, human resources, organizational behavior, and management.
"I feel that I must give special mention to the introductory chapter by Hulin himself....This chapter alone should be required reading in the first week of the first doctoral seminar that I/O graduate students take. And they would do well to reread it periodically thoughout their graduate studies and subsequent careers."
—Administrative Science Quarterly
"Readers interested in the general attitude to general behavioral construct approach will find this book useful as it explicates that approach very well and across several domains....Hulin's legacy is interesting and will continue to have an impact on future psychologists with respect to content, methodological issues...and general applications (behavioral families) within I/O psychology with extensions to other areas of psychology."
—Contemporary Psychology APA REVIEW OF BOOKS