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What Was, What Is, and What May Be In OP/OB Revisited To the Editor of TIP Lyman Porter and Ben Schneider’s (2014) brief history of the OP and OB fields from their roots omitted many early events. In addition to the Yale school, major con- tributions were made by researchers in many private and public universities. Personally, I began studying applied psychology and human resource management in the late 1950s at the University of Minnesota and taught at the University of Illinois Psychology Depart- ment for a decade, joining the new Society of Organ- izational Behavior in 1976 and becoming head of the Management Department at the University of Cincin- nati where I spent 20 years. I’ve spent the last decade editing LMX Leadership: The Series. The 50s and 60s were exciting times at Minnesota as we transformed from the WWII military and industrial psy- chology to organizational. We had Paul Meehl, Marv Dun- nette, Rene Dawis, and Karl Weick as mentors and Milt Hakel, Bob Pritchard, and John Campbell as peers. Psy- chology at Illinois also was exciting with Lloyd Humphries, Joe McGrath, Harry Triandis, and Chuck Hulin. As I experienced the giant wave of “O” of research, it came crashing in on both industrial psychology and man- agement. Attention moved from the passive employee to the proactive resident of the man-made world of the or- ganization. A main question was how employees de- signed and changed their home away from home. Re- search interest shifted from fitting people into machines to the methods that people could use to personally mas- ter technology and create prosperity for their company and families. This new design of people’s workshops re- 18 July 2014 Volume 52 Issue 1