The dangers of resource myopia in work and organisational psychology: a plea for broadening and integration broadening

P.J.D. Drenth, F.A. Heller

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    Abstract

    In this essay the limitations of the traditional quantitative approach in work and organisational psychology are put forward. It is argued that an extension of the methods, a broadening of the type of problems to be addressed, and a stronger integration with associated disciplines as well as with the application and implementation of the research findings are needed to ensure the usefulness and application of future W&O psychology. It is not suggested that micro-level problems should not be investigated, but it is postulated that W&O psychology should not be deprived of the opportunity to tackle other, and often more relevant, meso-and macro-level issues because we lack appropriate tools for attacking them.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)599-613
    Number of pages14
    JournalApplied Psychology
    Volume53
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2004

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