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Work and Organizational Psychology

2nd Edition

By Ian Rothmann, Cary L. Cooper


286 pages | 28 B/W Illus.

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Psychologists have been fascinated by the world of work, and the changing relationship between people, technology and the workplace, since the onset of the industrial revolution. And in providing a complete and contemporary overview of this evolving and fascinating field, the new edition of Work and Organizational Psychology is the perfect textbook, outlining not only the key theoretical ideas, but also how they relate to the role of psychologists advising today’s organizations.

The only textbook to integrate the fields of HRM and organizational behaviour, the new edition is thoroughly revised to cover new technological advances such as virtual workplaces and virtual employees. In an era of rapid socio-economic change, there is also expanded coverage of the role of workplace diversity, employee commitment and globalization, as well as updated chapters on key concepts such as motivation, leadership, group behaviour and well-being at work.

Also including a chapter on career development, the book is supported by a range of pedagogical features, spotlighting issues of theoretical, ethical or contemporary interest, whilst also enabling students to engage in active learning. Lucid and comprehensive, the second edition of Work and Organizational Psychology will be the cornerstone for any student of this dynamic field.


"Comprehensive and contemporary, this book is carefully reflective of current thinking in the work and organizational psychology arena. Chapter content is sandwiched by excellent learning outcomes and sample essay questions guiding creative and active learning. Informed by an attractive balance between scientist and practitioner perspectives, this text has much scope to help undergraduate students appreciate the complexities of research whilst encouraging them to think as a work and organizational psychologist."– Rachel Avery, University of Surrey, UK

"This is an excellent introductory text to the area of work and organizational psychology. It covers classic and contemporary issues in the discipline including wellbeing and positive psychology at work. Very useful teaching aids are provided throughout the book that will encourage students to take a critical approach to the discipline." – Catherine Steele, University of Leicester, UK

This easy-to-read textbook is ideal both for undergraduates taking an occupational or work psychology elective and those studying complementary courses such as human resource management who want a background in psychological theory. Activities and further reading provide helpful starting points for those interested in taking their dissertation in this area. It is up-to-date whilst also providing sufficient historical background to contextualise the field today." – Laura Dean, University of Sheffield, UK

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Work and Organizational Psychology Section 1: Organizational Psychology 2: Individual Differences and Diversity Management 3. Motivation and Satisfaction 4. Group Behaviour 5. Communication 6. Leadership Section 2: Work Psychology 7. Human Resource Planning and Job Analysis 8. Recruitment and Selection 9. Induction, Training and Development 10. Compensation Management 11. Performance Appraisal 12. Career Development Section 3: Further Aspects of Organizational Psychology 13. Well-being and Dysfunctional Behaviour at Work 14. Organizational Design, Development and Culture

About the Authors

Ian Rothmann is Professor of Industrial Psychology and Director of the Optentia Research Focus Area at the North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa. Ian’s research interest is the assessment and development of human potential and flourishing in institutions. He is author/co-author of 165 peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters in handbooks.

Cary L. Cooper is Distinguished Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University Management School, UK. He is the author and editor of more than 125 books and is one of Britain's most quoted business experts. He was awarded the CBE by the Queen in 2001 for his contributions to organizational health and safety; and in 2014 he was awarded a Knighthood for his contribution to the social sciences.

About the Series

Topics in Applied Psychology

Topics in Applied Psychology offers a range of accessible, integrated texts ideal for courses in applied psychology. Written by leading figures in the field, they provide a comprehensive academic and professional insight into each topic. They incorporate a range of features to bring psychology to life, including case histories, research methods, ethical debate, and learner activities. The series will provide readers with the tools you need to engage with, enjoy and understand your applied psychology discipline, ultimately ensuring confidence and success in exams as well as a comprehensive grounding in the profession.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Applied Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Industrial & Organizational Psychology