The Historical Impact of Personnel Psychology

Throughout the years, there have been two disputing theories on when industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology began. Some experts believe that I/O psychology began in 1903 when Walter Dill Scott wrote The Theory of Advertising. Others believe it began when Hugo Münsterburg wrote Increasing Human Efficiency in Business. The use of I/O psychology has influenced many events such as wars, civil rights legislation, court decisions, and science. Throughout its development, I/O psychology has broadened its range to include concepts such as personnel psychology. Many historical events and people in I/O psychology have influenced the development of personnel psychology and continue to influence the field today.

For this Discussion, select a historical event or person you consider most influential in I/O psychology and/or personnel psychology. Consider how this event or person influenced current research.

With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 3 a brief description of the historical event or person that you selected. Then, explain how this person or event influenced current research in personnel psychology. Finally, explain one way you might have experienced an application of this current research. Support your response with the Learning Resources and current literature.

Your post should be three paragraphs. Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.

 
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