3rd Edition

Values and Ethics of Industrial-Organizational Psychology

By Joel Lefkowitz Copyright 2023
    680 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    680 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This foundational text was one of the first books to integrate work from moral philosophy, developmental/moral psychology, applied psychology, political and social economy, and political science, as well as business scholarship. Twenty years on, this third edition utilizes ideas from the first two to provide readers with a practical model for ethical decision making and includes examples from I-O research and practice, as well as current business events.

    The book incorporates diverse perspectives into a "framework for taking moral action" based on learning points from each chapter. Examples and references have been updated throughout, and sections on moral psychology, economic justice, the "replicability crisis," and open science have been expanded and the "radical behavioral challenge" to ethical decision-making is critiqued. In fifteen clearly structured and theory-based chapters, the author also presents a variety of ethical incidents reported by practicing I-O psychologists.

    This is the ideal resource for Ethics and I-O courses at the graduate and doctoral level. Academics in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management will also benefit from this book, as well as anyone interested in Ethics in Psychology and Business.

    1. Introduction

    I. Moral Philosophy and Psychology

    2. Meta-Ethics

    3. Normative Ethical Theories: I. Deontology

    4. Normative Ethical Theories: II. Consequentialism

    5. Normative Ethical Theories: III. Virtue Ethics

    6. Moral Psychology: I. Moral Development

    7. Moral Psychology: II. Taking Moral Action

    II. Values

    8. The Guiding Role of Values in Ethical Decision Making and Social Policy

    9. Values and Value Conflicts in the Professions

    10. The Contentious Role of Values in Psychology

    11. Business Values

    12. The Values and Ethics of Industrial-Organizational Psychology

    III. The Responsible Conduct of Research

    13. Research Ethics: Informed Consent, Confidentiality and the Use of Deception

    14. Scientific Integrity

    IV. Conclusion

    15. A Model for Taking Moral Action


    Joel Lefkowitz is Professor Emeritus at the Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, USA, where he headed the I-O doctoral program from its inception in 1982 until 2009. He still regularly teaches the doctoral course in Ethical, Professional and Legal Issues for Psychologists, and is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology, The American Psychological Association—Divisions 9 and 14, and the Association for Psychological Science.

    "This thought-provoking book provides a thorough yet digestible presentation of theory, research, and practical considerations in the ethical conduct of work in our profession. In his third edition of this one-of-a kind text, Lefkowitz has incorporated new research, thinking, and illustrative examples. He writes about complex issues in a conversational manner with helpful summaries provided throughout the text. He clearly communicates when and how his own views and motives are reflected in his writing, challenging the reader to self-reflect on their own values and how those influence their own ethical decision-making. All I-O psychologists, regardless of career stage or professional role, will find something to learn here." 

    Deirdre J Knapp, Principal Scientist, Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO), USA

    "I don’t say this often, but this book is truly important. It cogently, practically, and clearly brings insight, evidence, theory, and philosophy forward to meaningfully understand ethics and morality at work and in organizations. At the same time, the book inspires you to be the best human, practitioner, and scholar you can be and shares approaches and perspectives to help with that journey." 

    Steven Rogelberg, PhD., Chancellor’s Professor and Immediate Past President of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

    "Only read this book if you want to get an expanded image of how to think about, study and help people and organizations be all they can be for the betterment of them and society. Joel Lefkowitz is amazing in his ability to meaningfully present the thinking and ideas of the great philosophers and ethicists—and then he shows with explicit examples how, by adding moral and ethical values to what we do and how we do it, our lives and the lives of those we study and work with will be enhanced. And you need not be an I-O Psychologist to find the book a mind-expanding great read—anyone in HR, OB, OD and so forth will find new ways to think about what they do and how to do it better for all. Did I say I loved the book?"

    Benjamin Schneider, Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland. Past President, Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology, USA