Group Dynamics and the Public Sphere

Psychology in the Workplace

What is organizational psychology?

Organizational psychology is the study of human behavior and relationships within work organizations. Organizational psychologists study how the structure of an organization influences company performance, productivity, and morale, as well as worker-worker relationships. While organizational psychologists are interested in individual traits and behaviors, they are also interested in the larger picture—how the group dynamics of organizations impact the organization’s performance. Because large corporations have been the most frequent consumers of this kind of information, most organizational psychology research has been conducted in fairly traditional corporate environments. Nonetheless, the insights of organizational psychology can be fruitfully applied to a large array of work environments.


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