What is Industrial Psychology?

Whether you're a beginner or an expert, you will find this Glossary useful.

Industrial psychology refers to the applied organisational psychology used to study, analyze and understand human behavior in the workplace, mainly how business works and how employees function. 

Industrial psychology definition

Industrial psychology refers to the applied organisational psychology used to study, analyze and understand human behavior in the workplace, mainly how business works and how employees function. Industrial psychology uses a range of scientific methods, including quantitative and qualitative research.

Most often it's applied when the company is going through a transition phase.

Aims of industrial psychology

Common focus of industrial psychology is leadership. There are three main strands:

1. Leader-focused: approach based on a belief that effective leaders have certain qualities others lack

2. Follower-focused: approach based on a belief leaders need to know how to motivate and enthuse employees

3. Contingency-focused: approach based on a belief that effective leaders are more able to assess a situation and adapt their behaviour accordingly



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