For my last blog on the psychological articles in the Economist, I would like to draw people’s attention away from I/O psychology and into more fundamental science. For those that don’t know, Stephen Hawkins is attempting to find a unifying theory of the universe that connects both theories of the very large (such as gravity) [...]
In response to my previous posts, people have asked what I see as the issues that are currently being faced by the I/O psychology discipline. I would say there are three interconnected issues that affect our discipline.
The article makes a very valid point that the industry is moving towards a test factory, which involves moving away from Psychometric testing as an art or craft and into a technology that de-skills the practitioner in terms of ‘magically reading reports’.
The key finding of the Hawthorne Effect was that rather than lighting having an effect, the act of being experimented upon changed a subject’s behaviour.
Many people wonder why there is not more of an outcry from academic practitioners for change. The answer to this is it is simply not in the nature of the academic circles to contest these issues.
Psychology has a huge role to play in society and this will only be achieved when we as a discipline grow up, stop fighting for commercial ground, and commit ourselves to further the discipline.
It is often surprising to find out that the US and UK have very different histories and philosophies. These differences were discussed in a couple of articles in the June 2006 edition of the "Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology".
I have often discussed the role of science in our discipline and have argued that it has consistently played a back role to commercialisation and marketing. This is perhaps the greatest divide in the discipline.