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Vocational Interests in the Workplace
Rethinking Behavior at Work

ISBN 9781138932883
Published May 31, 2019 by Routledge
330 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Vocational Interests in the Workplace is an essential new work, tying together past literature with contemporary research to present the most comprehensive coverage on vocational interests to date. With increasing recognition of the importance of vocational interests and their relevance to the workplace, this book emphasizes the strong links between vocational interests and work behavior. It proposes new models and approaches that facilitate thorough exploration of the implications of this relationship between interests and practice.

The authors, drawing on knowledge and experience from a range of professional backgrounds, cover essential topics, including: interest measurement; personnel selection; motivation and performance; expertise; meaningful work; effects of a global business environment; diversity; and the ongoing development of interests through adulthood to retirement.

Endorsed by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology board, this book is a valuable resource for researchers, professionals, and educators in the fields of human resources, organizational behaviour, and industrial or organizational psychology.

Table of Contents


Christopher D. Nye and James Rounds

Chapter 1: The Nature of Interests: Toward A Unifying Theory of Trait-State Interest Dynamics

Rong Su, Gundula Stoll and James Rounds

Chapter 2: Interest Development as a Dynamic Process in the Workplace

K. Ann Renninger and Suzanne E. Hidi

Chapter 3: A History of Vocational Interest Measurement

Michael J. Zickar and Hanyi Min

Chapter 4: Interest Measurement

Oleksandr S. Chernyshenko, Stephen Stark and Christopher D. Nye

Chapter 5: Vocational Interests and Work Outcomes

Christopher D. Nye, Sarena Bhatia and Joshua Prasad

Chapter 6: Personnel Selection and Vocational Interests: Recent Research and Future Directions

Frederick L. Oswald, Leaetta M. Hough and Chen Zuo

Chapter 7: Vocational Interests and Meaningful Work

M. Teresa Cardador

Chapter 8: The Importance of Interests for Understanding Retirement

Laura Venz and Mo Wang

Chapter 9: New(ish) Directions for Vocational Interests Research

Robert Hogan and Ryne A. Sherman

Chapter 10: Connecting Concepts: Effects of Diversity of Interests and Interests’ Effects on Diversity

Ann Marie Ryan and Danielle D. King

Chapter 11: Vocational Interests in a Global Business Environment

Jason L. Huang, Shan Ran and Mengqiao Lui

Chapter 12: Development of Vocational Interests in Adulthood

Bart Wille and Filip De Fruyt

Chapter 13: The Role of Interests in the Development of Expertise: A Multifactorial Perspective

David Z. Hambrick, Alexander P. Burgoyne and Frederick L. Oswald

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Christopher D. Nye is Assistant Professor of Organizational Psychology at Michigan State University, USA. He has received awards from the University of Illinois, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the International Personnel Assessment Council for his work. More recently, Dr. Nye was awarded the Early Career Award from the Academy of Management Research Methods Division. He has also been a Consortium Research Fellow for the Defense Manpower Data Center and a Senior Consortium Research Fellow for the U.S. Army Research Institute.

James Rounds is Professor of Educational Psychology and Psychology and College of Education Distinguished Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, USA. His publications have appeared in numerous journals. He has received the American Psychological Association John L. Holland Award for outstanding achievement in career and personality research, American Educational Research Association Outstanding Research Award in Counseling and has been designated a Fellow of the Association of Psychological Science.


"Most adults spend 1/3 or more of their waking hours at work. Some people wonder, "What went wrong?" while others think, "How did I get so lucky?" Vocational Interests in the Workplace takes up such questions in a collection of essays by experts in the field. These essays explore the complex interplay of personal interests and work environments, considering jobs from the view of the organization, the worker, the vocational psychologist, and the measurement specialist. This book invites both casual and serious readers into the study of interests, embracing organizational, vocational, and educational psychology." - Susan X Day, PhD, Research Professor, University of Houston, USA