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The Early Years of Industrial and Organizational Psychology

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  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107671683

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  • This book provides a history of the origins of industrial-organizational (I-O) psychology, focusing on the late nineteenth century and early twentieth centuries. Taking an international perspective, The Early Years of Industrial-Organizational Psychology examines the context in which the field emerged, and its origins in the measurement of individual differences. Andrew J. Vinchur covers the initial applications of psychology in advertising, the study of fatigue, and especially employee selection, as well as the role industrial psychology played in World War I and the post-war expansion of the field. He also examines the education of industrial psychologists, their efforts to establish industrial psychology as a profession, and the beginnings of the organizational side of the field.

    • Functions as a comprehensive history of the early years of industrial-organizational psychology, with material from disparate sources synthesized into one book
    • Includes the history of industrial-organizational psychology from many countries, providing an international perspective for the reader
    • Requires only a basic understanding of industrial-organizational psychology, with advanced material explained in footnotes
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    'This book provides a compelling look at the extent of research on applied topics in the early years of the 20th century and at how it affected current theory and research. In unfolding industrial and organizational psychology, the author links the work of the applied psychologists to the major historical figures in psychology, showing that the connection between theory and application was closer than is apparent from standard histories. This book is a welcome addition to the history of applied psychology.' B. C. Beins, Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107671683
    • length: 374 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Work, psychology, and history
    2. Historical context and influence
    3. Measurement, individual differences, and psychological testing
    4. Initial forays into industry
    5. Industrial psychology and the Great War
    6. The post-war expansion of industrial psychology
    7. Employee selection in the 1920s
    8. The education of industrial psychologists
    9. Establishing a profession
    10. The beginnings of organizational psychology
    11. Reflections on the early years of I-O psychology.

  • Author

    Andrew J. Vinchur, Lafayette College
    Andrew J. Vinchur is a Professor of Psychology and former department head at Lafayette College. Long interested in the history of psychology, his published work has focused on the history of industrial and organizational psychology, especially the history of psychology applied to employee selection.

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