The image of I/O psychology: A cross-national perspective by personnel executives

Simcha Ronen*

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The image of industrial/organizational (I/O) psychologists was examined by executives responsible for the policy formation and implementation of human resources in their own organizations. Data from 223 Israeli executives were compared with published results from studies of New Zealand and US executives. Results suggest that executives perceived I/O psychology's major contribution to human resources management to be in the traditional areas of personnel selection, training, and attitude surveys. Although there was recognition of the potential contribution of I/O psychologists to various personnel functions, few executives had employed their services in these areas. Directions for improving the exposure of the field to managers are suggested. (11 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-406
Number of pages8
JournalProfessional Psychology: Research and Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1980
Externally publishedYes


  • perceived contributions of industrial/organizational psychologists to human resources management, personnel executives in US vs New Zealand vs Israel


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