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Exploring the roles and contributions of industrial psychologists in South Africa against a multi-dimensional conceptual framework (part 2)

Graeme Barnard, Linda Fourie
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 33, No 2 | a376 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v33i2.376 | © 2007 Graeme Barnard, Linda Fourie | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 January 2007 | Published: 16 January 2007

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Graeme Barnard, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Linda Fourie, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

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Abstract

The study was undertaken to explore the professional roles and contributions of industrial psychologists in South Africa. Semi-structured interviews were conducted among 23 registered psychologists to gain their views on the roles and contributions within each of the dimensions of a conceptual framework of organisational success developed earlier. A process of analytical induction, supported by thematic content analysis, revealed a range of generic roles yet specific industrial psychological contributions. The implications of the findings for the development of academic curricula, the establishment of clarity among industrial psychologists and the fostering of awareness in organisations regarding the value of these professionals are discussed.

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Roles of I/O psychology

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