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Lest we forget that industrial and organisational psychology is psychology

DJW Strümpfer
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 33, No 1 | a257 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v33i1.257 | © 2007 DJW Strümpfer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 29 October 2007 | Published: 29 October 2007

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DJW Strümpfer, Universities of Johannesburg and Pretoria, South Africa

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The tie between industrial/organisational psychology (IOP) and general psychology should be taken seriously. The origin of the split into separate academic departments is discussed. Four IOP topics are presented which are rooted in psychology or where the psychological quality is strong, making the tie-in clear: motivation, leadership, assessment, and appreciative inquiry; by way of illustration, proponents are referred to. Specialisation and professionalisation often bring undue emphasis on technology. IOP cannot be human resource management. Suggestions are made about bringing IOP and psychology closer within teaching programmes and internships. Appreciative images of what IOP, hand-in-hand with psychology, could be like, are put forward.


Appreciative inquiry; Assessment; Cross-teaching; Human relations movement; Human resources managment; Internship; Leadership; Motivation; Scientific management


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