Translating Theory Into Practice

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(5), 431–432. Reviews the book, Managerial Psychology: An Introduction to Individuals, Pairs, and Groups in Organizations. 4th ed by Harold J. Leavitt (1978). Leavitt's style is distinctive. First, the reader will find no footnotes and no references to the work and ideas of others. A highly abbreviated list of suggested readings for each chapter does appear, however, at the end of the book. Second, no topic gets extended coverage. Two pages is about the maximum length devoted to any one idea or point, and many are presented in much less space. Third, there are very few illustrations; words are used to create images. A strength of the book is that several chapters open with an anecdotal situation that puts the reader into a common, but sticky, interpersonal or organizational problem. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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