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Applied Industrial / Organizational Psychology

Applied Industrial / Organizational Psychology - 3rd edition

ISBN13: 978-0534358815

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ISBN13: 978-0534358815
ISBN10: 0534358810
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Publisher: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.
Published: 1999
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Applied Industrial / Organizational Psychology - 3RD 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0534358815

Michael G. Aamodt

ISBN13: 978-0534358815
ISBN10: 0534358810
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 3RD 99
Publisher: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.

Published: 1999
International: No

Written in a humorous, personal style, this new edition continues to offer an applied focus that comprehensively covers the latest theory and research in industrial and organizational psychology. The text consistently encourages students to develop skills they may use in the workplace, such as how to improve the validity of checking references, how to write rejection letters, and how to conduct performance evaluations. Exercises that were formerly included in a companion workbook Exercises for Industrial/Organizational Psychology in Action are now included in the text to provide students with a complete, integrated learning tool.

A soft-cover format provides students with a tremendous price break.

The workbook exercises are now included at the end of each chapter. Perforated pages make completing and turning in the exercises easier than ever.

Everyday examples, sometimes humorous ones, illustrate important points for students, such as why correlations do not infer causality (chapter 1), the importance of job titles (chapter 3), and the use of creative recruitment advertisements (chapter 5).

The applied approach, which helps students understand the theory and research, is apparent in such topics as how to survive a job interview, develop a structured interview, and motivate employees. The use of flow-charts synthesized such complicated topics as employment law, employee satisfaction, and employee motivation.

A new Chapter 14, "Organizational Development," covers organizational changes, downsizing, team building, and empowerment issues.

A new Chapter 15, "Stress Management," covers career choice and the management of stress, time, and conflicts.

Former Chapter 12, which covered motivation and satisfaction, has been split into two chapters, Chapter 9, "Employee Satisfaction," and Chapter 10, "Employee Motivation," to give students more in-depth coverage about each of these topics.

More information about ergonomics and human factors has been added to Chapter 16, "Working Conditions and Human Factors."

The order of chapters now begins with motivation and satisfaction; the topic of communication precedes coverage of groups and leadership.

The author has updated references and examples throughout the text.

Chapter objectives begin each chapter to guide students through the chapters.

Critical thinking questions conclude each chapter. The video icon beside some of these questions indicates that video clips from the CNN Applied Psychology tape are tied to them.

New video clips produced by the author bring to life the following situations: a sexual harassment role-play, a job analysis interview, a structured interview, an assessment center exercise with group discussion, and a performance review. A guide for using these clips is provided in the Instructor's Manual.

A running glossary defines terms as they are introduced rather than at the end of the chapter.

Referrals related to Internet sites are given when appropriate.

Employment Profiles, now more closely relate to the material covered in the chapter and offer students a glimpse of the variety of I/O career paths.

Charts and tables integrate and simplify complicated issues, such as employment law, job satisfaction, and work motivation.

Chapter outlines, key terms, and practice test questions are included at the end of each chapter to help students study.

"A balance among theory, data, and application that takes the reader from 'what is known' to 'what it means' to 'how can you use it.' I like this level for my students, most of whom will enter the workforce after college and many of whom are not psychologists. The book manages this balance without becoming a 'human relations' or 'how to help your career' text."

William D. Siegfried, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

"I would definitely use this book for my course. . . . It is very applied, and it's a readable textbook. I use a lot of the (workbook) exercises during class as participation activities. Students . . . like the activities and they help them to learn the material."

Sheree Barron, Georgia College and State University

Author Bio

Aamodt, Michael G. : Radford University

Table of Contents


1. Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

2. Legal Issues in Employee Selection.

3. Job Analysis and Evaluation.

4. Evaluating Selection Techniques and Decisions.

5. Employee Selection: Recruiting and Interviewing.

6. Employee Selection: References and Testing.

7. Evaluating Employee Performance.

8. Designing and Evaluating Training Systems.


9. Employee Satisfaction.

10. Employee Motivation.

11. Communication.

12. Leadership.

13. Group Behavior and Conflict.

14. Organization Development.

15. Stress Management: Dealing with the Demands of Life and Work.

16. Working Conditions and Human Factors.

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