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Industrial Psychology : goodness of fit? Fit for goodness?

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dc.contributor.author Van Vuuren, Leon J.
dc.date.accessioned 2008-10-20T08:55:57Z
dc.date.available 2008-10-20T08:55:57Z
dc.date.issued 2008-10-20T08:55:57Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/1254
dc.description Inaugural lecture--Dept. of Industrial Psychology, University of Johannesburg, 6 November 2006 en
dc.description.abstract This paper represents a critical reflection on the relevance of industrial psychology. Against a historical-developmental background of the discipline, the inquiry questions its goodness of fit, i.e. its contribution to organisation and society. It is found that the fit is limited to its relevance for inwardly focused organisational behaviour due to its endorsement of the instrumental (strategic) motives of organisations that subscribe to an owner/shareholder agenda. Industrial psychology’s potential fit for goodness is explored with a view to enhance its relevance in an era of goodness. Scientific and practical interaction between industrial psychology and business ethics is suggested to facilitate movement away from a descriptive approach. The heuristics of reflection, resolve, research and resources are suggested to facilitate movement towards a normative (multiple stakeholder) paradigm aimed at broad based goodness and sustainability. Lastly, the potential risks inherent to an application of the heuristics are accounted for. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights University of Johannesburg en
dc.subject Industrial psychology en
dc.subject Capitalism en
dc.subject Goodness-of-fit tests en
dc.subject Integrity en
dc.subject Business ethics en
dc.title Industrial Psychology : goodness of fit? Fit for goodness? en
dc.type Inaugural en

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