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vble to answer such questions as: a. Which direction was the emphasis of the author’s case study or experiment inclined – more I or O? b. How was the work received by other I/O psychologists at the time? c. What influence did the work appear to have on the field? d. How is that work regarded today? Beware of hagiography: There is a tendency in writing these papers to present the individual in a largely positive light. In some cases such an assessment may be entirely merited. But your job as “historian” in this assignment is to interpret the data as objectively as you can, and that means being critical when such criticism is called for. e. This means you should express your ideas as to (a) elements that were left out or were not considered (b) population and/or diversity issues (c) how results were possibly misinterpreted (d) how the results differ from a contemporary perspective.
Possible areas of focus:
Consider the level at which the author focused the case study or experiment. The levels of focus in I/O would include: individual, team, departmental, organizational, and environmental.
Determine whether the inclination of the author’ experiment leans toward Industrial or Organizational measures. Industrial subjects would include topics concerning measurement such as: Job analysis, selection and placement, training, performance appraisal, and measurement scales. Organizational subjects would lean more toward topics such as: motivation and work attitudes, influence and leadership, culture and climate and organizational learning, development and change.
Consider the historical context in which the study took place: World War I (1917 – 1918), Between Wars (1919-1940), World War II (1941-1945), (1950s and 1960s). Consider the philosophical era in which the study took place: pre-modernism (up until 1650s), modernism (1650s to 1950s), postmodernism (1950 to current times).
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