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The nature of work : advances in psychological theory, methods, and practice

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158.7 FORn
xiv, 348 p. ; 27 cm.
Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association

The field of work psychology investigates the origins of human work behaviour and its ramifications for the individual worker, the employing organisation, and those with whom the individual interacts both on and off the job. This volume presents new concepts in the field, framing issues and topics in creative ways that encourage the reader to rethink how we study and think about people at work. The contributors explore new understandings of the meaning of work, advances in theoretical work and measurement, and ways to bridge the gap between practice and research.

  • Part 1 focuses on understanding the meanings we attach to work. The chapters in this part reconceptualise the normal entry points for studying work and working and identify new areas to explore.
  • Part 2 highlights advances in theory that help us better understand and integrate important workplace concepts; two chapters explore less traditional topics - the psychology of greed, and identity issues that are relevant to retirement.
  • Part 3 highlights some key advances in measurement that permit researchers to examine more sophisticated and complex relationships.
  • Part 4 provides insight into bridging the gap between practice and research and making research on the psychology of work relevant and applicable.
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