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Work and Occupational Psychology: Integrating Theory and Practice


Written by a team of experts and with contributions from seminal academics and leading practitioners, Work and Occupational Psychology links theoretical learning with key practical skills to form an ideal companion to any student in the field.

  • Structured around the 8 core areas of Occupational Psychology to ensure a rounded overview
  • Assumes no prior knowledge making it ideal...
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Written by a team of experts and with contributions from seminal academics and leading practitioners, Work and Occupational Psychology links theoretical learning with key practical skills to form an ideal companion to any student in the field.

  • Structured around the 8 core areas of Occupational Psychology to ensure a rounded overview
  • Assumes no prior knowledge making it ideal for students studying Occupational Psychology for the first time
  • Contemporary discussion including cutting edge research and reflections on the future
  • Reflects a global workplace through discussion of international and cross-cultural issues and a range of international case studies
  • Engages critically with the subject to encourage analytical thinking
  • Online learning aids include hints and tips for discussion questions, online readings, and chapter podcasts

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'At last a book has been produced that explains the nature of occupational and organisational psychology. By combining sound academic literature reviews with contributions from experienced practitioners, and thoughtful advice on the ethics and skills of research, this is a "must read" for those either considering entering the profession, or currently studying the discipline' -
Beverly Alimo-Metcalfe
Professor of Leadership, University of Bradford School of Management

'This really useful book will be a key resource for aspiring occupational psychologists. The editors have put together a coherent package that is based on the requirements of the British Psychological Society and provides a clear explanation of the research and practitioner key skills that occupational psychologists need. The editors have assembled a strong team of contributors to provide very readable insights into the work that occupational psychologists actually do' -
Professor Ivan Robertson
Robertson Cooper Ltd & Leeds University Business School

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781446260692
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/1/2013
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachel Lewis PhD C.Psychol is a registered occupational psychologist and a course director the Business and Occupational Psychology MSc programmes at Kingston Business School. She has had five years teaching on Occupational Psychology programmes at a number of universities including Goldsmiths, University of London, City University London, Nottingham University, Aston University, Loughborough University and London Metropolitan University. Her key research area is in leadership and health, and has published in both academic and professional journals, scholarly books, and at national and international conferences. Rachel is also the director of Affinity Health at Work, a niche occupational health psychology consultancy, where she conducts consultancy work and organizational research in the area of employee health and well-being.

Lara Zibarras PhD C.Psychol is a registered occupational psychologist and lecturer in organizational psychology at City University, London. She has been involved in both developing and teaching on the Occupational Psychology programme at City University since 2006. Her key research areas are employee selection (particularly the candidate’s perspective); innovation (and its association with personality) and pro-environmental behavior in the workplace. She has published widely in academic journals and presented her research at both national and international conferences. Lara has also worked as a consultant for a range of public and private sector organisations in the areas of selection, training, development and psychometric assessment.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: What Is Occupational Psychology? - Lara Zibarras and Rachel Lewis
Chapter 2:What Are Occupational Psychologists? - Lara Zibarras and Rachel Lewis
Chapter 3: Ethical and Research Skills You Will Need as an Occupational Psychologist - Lara Zibarras and Rachel Lewis
Chapter 4:Employee Relations Motivation - Iain Coyne and Fiona Gavin
Chapter 5:Counselling and Personal Development - Andrew Kinder, Kevin Nind, Diane Aitchison and Eugene Farrell
Chapter 6: Career Development and Appraisal - Juliette Alban Metcalfe
Chapter 7:Design of Environments and Work: Health, Safety and Well-being - Fehmidah Munir and Hilary McDermott
Chapter 8: Organizational Development and Change - Nigel Guenole and David Biggs
Chapter 9: Selection and Assessment - Anna Koczwara and Vicki Ashworth
Chapter 10: Training - Kamal Birdi and Tracey Reid
Chapter 11: Automation and Human Machine Interaction - Varuni Wimalasiri
Chapter 12: Emerging Trends and Future Directions in Occupational Psychology - Lara Zibarras and Rachel Lewis
Chapter 13: Future Directions for Occupational Psychologists - Lara Zibarras and Rachel Lewis
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