WorkplacePsychology.net is Dr. Steve Nguyen's resource-rich blog "about people and behavior in the workplace." The blog focuses on three main areas: I/O psychology, talent management, and change management. It includes a wide breadth of topics in these areas and is supported by and informed by relevant peer-reviewed research materials.
Type of Material:
Reference Material; Collection; Blog
This material is best reviewed outside of class by individuals or groups, and may be useful to allow students to learn more about well-informed opinion pieces with relevant research support. Due to the content discussed, the blog also may be useful for classes conducting research on change management. The readings would also be valuable within an online class.
Only a web browser is needed to review materials on this site. Can be viewed with Chrome, Explorer, and Firefox.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Understand leadership development, change management, organizational change and development, talent management, learning & development, and industrial and organizational psychology.
Explore the connections between scholarship and the world of work.
Apply psychological findings to understand workplace behavior and personal involvement in work.
Target Student Population:
College Lower Division, College Upper Division, Graduate School, Professional
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
While no prerequisite knowledge is required, it may be useful to have a basic understanding of general psychology and business principles prior to reviewing the material discussed in this blog.
Exceptionally well-written and well-research materials describing timely and current topics in the field of industrial-organizational psychology and focused on business- and workplace considerations from a scholarly perspective. Excellent real-life examples with peer-reviewed research supporting all items; reputable sources include textbooks, academic journals, and websites like Harvard Business Review and Wall Street Journal.
Content is very applied, so it may or may not align well with academic content in a course.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Articles provide a very interesting, applied, and realistic application of course concepts. The readings would be a nice addition to standard textbook material; the articles on this site can show how concepts are utilized (or ignored) in applied contexts. In addition, the continuously updated nature of the blog means that the content may be more timely and recent than what is featured in a traditional textbook. It may be useful as a general references; for specific research-related projects; and may be used both individually and in student groups.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This site is exceptionally well built with useful content, graphics, citations, learning objectives for the overall site, and even keywords. Topics are on target and relevant to our field. There is information on the most popular articles as well as a search function.
The website is very busy. You have to search around a bit to find the articles. Articles are organized by time rather than topic, so you need to know what you are looking for or be willing to browse around.
Other Issues and Comments:
Great materials to supplement traditional course readings. Writing style is both scholarly and engaging. Students will be able to understand and relate to the content presented. It is exciting to see the point back to MERLOT.
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