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Organisational Psychology

Organisational Psychology
Revisiting the Classic Studies

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December 2022 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Organisational Psychology: Revisiting the Classic Studies critically reflects upon 14 studies by researchers such as Gilbreth, French and Raven, Greenberg, and Schein, that have long been considered foundational. Written and edited by leading scholars, this book invites you to think about the limitations of the classic studies, put theory into practice, and consider, in-depth, the lasting impact of these key studies on the field today.
Revisiting the Classic Studies is a series of texts that introduces readers to the studies in psychology that changed the way we think about core topics in the discipline today.  It provokes students to ask more interesting and challenging questions about the field by encouraging a deeper level of engagement both with the details of the studies themselves and with the nature of their contribution. Edited by leading scholars in their field and written by researchers at the cutting edge of these developments, the chapters in each text provide details of the original works and their theoretical and empirical impact, and then discuss the ways in which thinking and research has advanced in the years since the studies were conducted.

Niklas K. Steffens is Director of the Centre for Business and Organisational Psychology and Associate Professor at The University of Queensland.
Floor Rink is Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the University of Groningen.

Michelle K. Ryan is the inaugural Director of the Global Institute of Women’s Leadership, and Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology at The Australian National University.
Part 1: Organising the Workplace
Giverny De Boeck & Sharon K. Parker
Chapter 1: Work Design: Revisiting Lilian Gilbreth’s Fatigue Studies
S. Alexander Haslam & Niklas K. Steffens
Chapter 2: Engaging with Groups at Work: Revisiting Mayo’s Hawthorne Studies
Jeffrey B. Vancouver, Timothy Ballard & Andrew Neal
Chapter 3: Goal Setting: Revisiting Locke and Latham’s Goal Setting Studies
Part 2: Motivation, Cooperation, and Health
Marylène Gagné
Chapter 4: Motivation: Revisiting Deci’s Rewards and Intrinsic Motivation Studies
Naomi Ellemers & Dick de Gilder
Chapter 5: Organisational Identification: Revisiting Mael & Ashforth’s ‘Alumni and their Alma Mater’ Study
Steven W. Whiting, Mark G. Ehrhart & Philip P. Podsakoff
Chapter 6: Organizational Citizenship Behavior: Revisiting Smith, Organ and Near's Studies and Lessons Learned in Persistence, Determination, and Citizenship
Sabine Sonnentag
Chapter 7: Job Stress: Revisiting Karasek’s Job Demand–Job Control Studies
Part 3: Leadership and Followership
Derek D. Rucker, Adam D. Galinsky & Joe Magee
Chapter 8: The Bases of Social Hierarchy: Revisiting French and Raven’s Bases of Power (and Status)
Peter D. Harms
Chapter 9: Leadership Styles: Revisiting Lewin, Lippitt and White’s Leadership in Boys Club Studies
Niels Van Quaquebeke & Catharina Vogt
Chapter 10: Leadership Behaviour: Revisiting the Ohio State Studies
Mary Uhl-Bien & Melissa Carsten
Chapter 11: Followership: Revisiting Hollander and Webb's Leadership, Followership and Friendship Study
Part 4: Justice, Equality, and Diversity
Russell S. Cropanzano, Nicole Strah, Deborah E. Rupp & Jessie A. Cannon
Chapter 12: Organisational Justice: Revisiting Greenberg’s Pay Inequity Study
Madeline E. Heilman & Francesca Manzi
Chapter 13: Gender at Work: Revisiting Schein’s Think Manager-Think Male Study
C. Y. Edwina Wong, Floor Rink, & Michelle K. Ryan
Chapter 14: Diversity: Revisiting Ancona and Caldwell’s Demography and Design Study

Taken together, these studies inspire the next generation of researchers to ask the big questions and answer them in meaningful and creative ways. This book is a must read for students of psychology and business who want to do work that makes a difference in organizations and society.

Virginia E. Schein, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita of Management and Psychology, Gettysburg College

Organisational psychology is now a dynamic and sprawling field of study. Each chapter in this well-crafted volume deftly revisits a classic of the past to mine insights that help us understand where we are in the present and where we may be going in the future.

Blake E. Ashforth, Ph.D
Regents’ Professor & Horace Steele Arizona Heritage Chair, W. P. Carey Management and Entrepreneurship, Arizona State University

This book captures the main ideas and contributions of some of the classic Organizational Psychology studies, while showing their trajectory into the future. It is a major contribution to the history of the field and our understanding of our research roots and where they have taken us.

Deborah L. Ancona, Ph.D
Seley Distinguished Professor of Management and Organization Studies, MIT Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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