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Purposes and Benefits


Prosocial I-O psychology is the application of Industrial and Organizational (I-O) psychology for the purpose of improving societal well-being. The growing interest in prosocial I-O psychology helps to broaden the scope of the outcomes we study to include the well-being of society, or the "greater good."

This site aims to facilitate the advancement of this burgeoning practice and research area. As noted in a recent SIOP Frontiers Volume, Using Industrial-Organizational Psychology for the Greater Good: Helping Those Who Help Others (Olson-Buchanan, Koppes Bryan, Foster-Thompson, 2013), there are a great number of paths by which I-O psychology can improve societal well-being. Watch this site for new projects and for information about how you can share information about projects of your own.


Prosocial Causes Served

  Prosocial I-O projects may involve both research and practical application and operate on a wide range of problems in a broad diversity of settings. For example, some prosocial projects focus on applying I-O psychology to such issues as poverty reduction and the recruitment and selection of volunteers to aid in natural disasters. Other projects focus on applying I-O psychology in the nonprofit context to enhance the effectiveness of organizations that are focused on improving societal well-being. I-O psychology may also be applied in the for-profit context to facilitate societal well-being through corporate social responsibility, environmental sustainability, and corporate volunteerism.

Sample Programs

  Prosocial programs that are currently in operation are listed at the links shown to the left. If you are involved in a prosocial application of I-O psychology and would like to publicize your program on this site, please download the form shown below, complete the requested information, and return the completed form to the SIOP Administrative Office.
  Download Prosocial I-O Project Description Form (Rev. 7/29/2014) (Microsoft Word) (PDF Form)