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Work Psychology and Organizational Behaviour
Managing the Individual at Work


May 1991 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Knowledge, power and practice in work psychology are inseparable and reciprocally affect each other. Understanding this linkage is vital to managerial practices, themselves affected by work psychology. Illuminating and incisive, this volume traces the development of work psychology and organizational behavior from the early twentieth century to the present day. More than simply a conventional history of ideas, it is a demonstration of how each emerging school of thought has reflected the search for solutions to particular management problems, within specific social, political and economic contexts. Work Psychology and Organizational Behaviour documents the key developments in the field, from scientific management and industrial psychology, through the human relations movement, to such current concerns as organizational culture, leadership, and human resources management. Wendy Hollway skillfully examines the production of key developments within particular conditions and power structures and then charts the impact of each trend upon the emergence of new management tools, work practices and ways in which employee regulation is attempted. She concludes with a projection of the likely future development of work psychology and organizational behavior in light of current changes in work and employer-employee relations. This provocative volume will be of interest to scholars, researchers, and practitioners in psychology, organizational behavior, sociology, human resource management, and public administration. "A well researched and generally well-explicated personal construal of the historical development of occupational psychology, particularly the interdependencies between scientific knowledge, power relations in the production process, and our everyday practices as occupational psychologists. I would recommend this book to others as a laudable intervention, but more importantly, as one which offers an alternative perspective of both the discipline of occupational psychology and of the actions of practicing psychologists working either in industry or in academia." --The Occupational Psychologist "Hollway's basic point is right and it is a powerful one. Occupational psychology has evolved as an intellectual 'servant of power', focused on the employers' problems of selecting, training, and motivating a workforce, transforming reluctant compliance into whole-hearted commitment. The 1980's literature on employee involvement is ample testimony to the continuing search for this chimera." --Journal of Occupational & Organizational Psychology "The book is an important contribution to the field of study and I would recommend it as a key text in the teaching of work psychology and organizational behavior." --Systems Practice "Defining Organizational Behaviour as a subject these days is no easy task; there is a vast explosion of information, data and theories; and there is not shortage of texts or monographs. One important strand is certainly Work and Psychology. Wendy Hollway attempts to cover 'those areas of knowledge that focus on people in the workplace and that affect practice in work organizations' and her definition is not at all an unhelpful one. . . . Hollway's book will not disappoint MBA students and others interested in the warp and woof of the subject as seen by an occupational psychologist, especially her discourse on the future of OB." --Journal of General Management "A must for all those researchers, practitioners and teachers who take the area of organizational behavior seriously." --Psychology and Developing Societies

 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: FACTORY HANDS
 
Scientific Management and the Task Idea
Precursors of Industrial Psychology

 
 
Human Factors
 
Fitting the Worker to the Job
The Use of Psychometric Tests for Selection

 
 
PART TWO: THE SENTIMENTAL WORKER
 
Hawthorne and the Emergence of Human Relations
 
Motivating Employees
Human Relations Training and Job Satisfaction

 
 
Organizational Change and Development
 
Organizational Culture
 
The Future of Work and Organizational Psychology

`should be read by all occupational psychologists (both academics and practitioners) who can only benefit from the challenging examination of the political bases of their work that the book undertakes. It fills a gap which has existed for far too long in occupational psychology' - Michael West, MRC/ESRC Social and Applied Psychology Unit, University of Sheffield

`Hollway presents a well-researched and well-explicated personal construal of the historical development of occupational psychology, particularly the interdependences between scientific knowledge, power relations in the production process and our everyday practices as occupational psychologists... the author intersperses a reflective and often highly critical thesis of the naive, managerialist and manipulative precepts underscoring occupational psychology as a social science.... As a timely intervention and a much-needed challenge to these precepts, the book is to be congratulated.... Perhaps the real strength of this book lies in its dismissal of the model of the `expert' occupational psychologist supposedly standing in detached isolation from her or his subject matter and studying it with appropriate methods in the attempt to measure its properties. Instead, Hollway continually forces the reader to contextualize their own experiences and actions as psychologists.... I would recommend this book to others as a laudable intervention, but more importantly as one which offers an alternative perspective of both the discipline of occupational psychology and of the actions of practising psychologists working either in industry or in academia' - The Occupational Psychologist


Very good and would recommend

Mr Alan Searle
Psychology , Grimsby Institute of HE & FE
February 27, 2015

While somewhat dated this provides a critical review of organisational psychology which is a good discursive starting point for introducing the topic to students. It is a more European/UK perspective but needs additional topics as well.

Dr Malcolm Cook
Division of Psychology, University of Abertay, Dundee
August 24, 2012

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