Advancing industrial/ organisational psychological science by embracing complexity and modernising methods: a complex adaptive systems approach

Louise Metcalf

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    Abstract

    Many have recognised substantial emerging practice, ethical and structural
    scientific issues in Industrial and Organisational (I/O) Psychology science;
    however, few have offered solutions. This paper reviews I/O Psychology
    alongside the model of physics science in order to draw out challenges
    and explore solutions. This develops a new approach to the science,
    beyond the current over-reliance on simple questionnaire methodology
    and general systems theory which fails to reflect the dynamic nature of
    human life. This paper challenges the science to: improve its usefulness,
    link to social outcomes to improve ethics and explore pressing real world
    complex problems caused by organisations. In addition, the science is
    asked to embrace new methodologies, including agent-based modelling
    and complex adaptive systems theory, to both address the structural
    authenticity of the science, and create connections to a wider collection of
    human behaviour scientists.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication APCAR 2016
    Subtitle of host publication3rd Asia Pacific Conference on Advanced Research: abstracts
    PublisherAsia Pacific Institute of Advanced Research (APIAR)
    Pages18
    Number of pages1
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016
    EventAsia Pacific Conference on Advanced Research (3rd : 2016) - Melbourne, Australia
    Duration: 29 Jul 201630 Jul 2016

    Conference

    ConferenceAsia Pacific Conference on Advanced Research (3rd : 2016)
    CountryAustralia
    CityMelbourne
    Period29/07/1630/07/16

    Keywords

    • Psychological Science
    • Complexity
    • Philosophy of Science
    • Agent Based Modelling

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