This chapter is a historical overview of the evolution of industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology
both in the United States and abroad, from the late nineteenth century to its current incarnation as a
complex, wide-ranging scientific and applied discipline. Contextual background is integrated with the
development of science and practice from a chronological perspective, partitioning this history into
seven somewhat arbitrary time periods. Following a discussion of pre-1900 precursors, we discuss
the genesis of the field from 1900 to 1914, when dynamic cultural, economic, and other external
forces influenced early efforts in areas such as advertising, fatigue, and selection. Industrial psychology
became established from 1915 through 1919, due in large part to the work of the Division of Applied
Psychology at the Carnegie Institute of Technology and to psychologists' efforts in World War I.
The period of 1920 to 1939 included the influential Hawthorne Studies and the maturation of
industrial psychology, while 1940 to 1959 saw considerable expansion during World War II and its
aftermath. This expansion continued during the period of 1960 to 1979, with "industrial" psychology
now "industrial-organizational" psychology. We close with an overview of developments from 1980 to the present day.
A history of industrial and organizational psychology
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