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date: 08 May 2021

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This chapter discusses the need for industrial-organizational (IO) psychology to be more inclusive. Historically, IO psychologists have focused on research topics that are of prime interest to management and have neglected topics that are of interest largely to workers. Topics such as personnel selection and productivity have received much more attention than topics such as unionization and making working lives more meaningful. In addition, IO psychologists have generally preferred quantitative methods instead of qualitative methods; this preference has made it more difficult for IO psychologists to understand phenomena from workers' perspectives. This article discusses the history of these biases and provides a series of suggestions for scholars to incorporate into their professional lives so that they can be more inclusive in their choice of topics, perspectives, and methodologies.

Keywords: history of IO psychology, methodological bias, qualitative methodology, graduate training, labor-management relations

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