For the Way We Were

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(11), 957. Reviews the book, Psychology and Industry Today: An Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology. 2nd ed by Duane P. Schultz (1978). This book is ambitious in that it attempts the very difficult task of introducing students to an extremely broad array of psychological practices in industry today. Not only does the book attempt to introduce the field of organizational psychology, which itself is very broad and difficult to define, but it also discusses engineering and consumer psychology as well as the areas of drug and alcohol abuse in industry. In keeping with the author's stated aim, the book is quite readable and few students at the intended level should find it difficult or boring. However, the book is very misleading. To a very large extent, it fails to give the student a realistic view of what is happening in industry today and tends to concentrate on issues and practices that were more important years ago than they are now. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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