Accession Number:

ADA091706

Title:

The Importance of Processes and Contexts in Organizational Psychology.

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.,

Corporate Author:

WISCONSIN UNIV-MADISON GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1980-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

25.0

Abstract:

This is a conceptual, prescriptive article analyzing current trends and suggesting a redirectional necessary for the advancement of organizational psychology. Two divergent but possibly complementary approaches--the conservative and the radical--are outlined as accomplishing such a redirection in the field. The conservative approach emphasizes four needs requiring attention 1 improved construct validity, 2 more careful selection and measurement of dependent variables, including a change in those deemed important, 3 new applications of longitudinal and experimental research designs, and 4 an increased and more appropriate use of multivariate statistical analyses. The radical approach encompasses conceptualizing organizations as social structures, the symbolic nature of management as a process, and a focus on processes across levels of analysis. It is predicted that, regardless of whether one views the future in the field as being indicative of the conservative or a more radical approach, we will see the roles of contexts and processes in research and application as being influential. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE