What is I-O Psychology?

Industrial-Organizational (I-O) psychology (i.e., the psychology of work) is the scientific study of the workplace (SIOP, n.d.). More specifically, I-O psychology derives principles of individual, group, and organizational behavior and applies this knowledge to workplace problems (APA, n.d.). Some areas of interest to I-O psychology include, but are not limited to:

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Training and development
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Workplace motivation
  • Work-life balance
  • Organizational change
  • Organizational structure and design
  • Performance management

For an example of how I-O psychology can be applied to higher education administration, we recommend the following article.