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Running head: Organizational Psychology 1 Organizational Psychology Phil Sumner PSY/428 Organizational Psychology 07:05:06 Richard Clemens
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Organizational Psychology 2 Organizational Psychology Organizational psychology may sound like a new fad or a new trend but in all actuality this trend of fad has been around since the early 1900’s. As general psychology deals with the study of an individual’s behavior and mental status, organizational psychology is defined as the “study of the structure of an organization and of the ways in which the people in it interact, usually undertaken in order to improve the organization” (, 2010). Organizational psychology uses scientific methods to understand the behavior of individuals working in an organizational setting. By knowing the behaviors of these individuals businesses and organization can often times become more effective, and successful. A more effective organization often times provides better customer service, and is more financially sound. This also has its benefits for the private sectors. For private sectors good finances means job security for the employees and more money for the investors. For the public routes of employment this means better services, and more money saved for the community (Jex & Britt, 2008). This all sounds very pleasing to an individual but as the reader looks further into this they will realize none of this can be made possible without research and statistics. Research and Statistics Research in the organizational setting is used to answer an array of questions dealing with behavior. Often time’s organizational psychologists will design scientific investigations to test research theories (Jex & Britt, 2008). Research methods used by organizational psychologists
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This note was uploaded on 10/08/2010 for the course PSY/428 psy/428 taught by Professor Sunday during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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