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Theory and practice in Industrial Psychology: Quo vadis?

Johan C. Augustyn, Gawie G. Cillie
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 34, No 1 | a419 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v34i1.419 | © 2008 Johan C. Augustyn, Gawie G. Cillie | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 March 2008 | Published: 24 April 2008

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Johan C. Augustyn, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Gawie G. Cillie, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

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Abstract

This article critically evaluates the science and practice of industrial psychology. It reaches the conclusion that a major shift in paradigm and mind-set is essential for the discipline to survive. The article discusses assumptions about knowledge within the science and practice of industrial psychology and suggests ways to expand the notion of scientist and practitioner. It also discusses modes of knowledge acquisition within industrial psychology and proposes a post-modern view of the interface between theory and practice. It concludes with suggestions to revitalise the interface between theory and practice.

Keywords

theory and practice; scientist; practitioner; revitalising interface; post-modern view

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