I-O Textbooks


I-O Psychology Textbooks 

There are a number of I-O Psychology textbooks available for instructors to choose from.  Though not exhaustive, the following is a list of some of the major textbooks geared specifically toward I-O Psychology (and not toward a related but distinct field).  Textbooks often have different foci and emphases; please refer to the publisher’s website (listed below) for more information on each textbook.  Also, please refer to the website for more information regarding extra resources (such as powerpoints and test banks) available with each textbooks.

Please note: this list has been updated as of August 2017; please check the websites for more up-to-date information on the textbooks.

Industrial/Organizational Psychology: An Applied Approach, 8th Edition
Michael G. Aamodt, 2016


Description (from the website)

The eighth edition of INDUSTRIAL/ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY: AN APPLIED APPROACH strikes a balance between research, theory, and application and helps students discover the relevance of industrial/organizational psychology in everyday life. Content guides students in analyzing topics such as resume writing, interview survival, job description authoring, performance appraisal, and employment law. Humor, case studies, real-world examples, and a friendly writing style make this resource appealing. Numerous charts, tables, flowcharts, and exercises help students conceptualize complex issues.

Work in the 21st Century: An Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 5th Edition
Frank J. Landy & Jeffrey M. Conte, 2016


Description (from the website)

Work in the 21st Century, 5th Edition by Frank J. Landy and Jeffrey M. Conte, ties together themes such as diversity, mental and physical ability, personality, interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, and evidence-based I-O psychology in a way that explores the rich and intriguing nature of the modern workplace. The 5th edition places an emphasis on the technological and multicultural dynamics of today's workplace. This edition retains the 14-chapter format and the 4-color design, which brings I-O psychology to life, especially with the use of newsworthy color photographs.

Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Understanding the Workplace, 5th Edition
Paul E. Levy, 2017


Description (from the website)

Written by a leading researcher in one of the nation’s top I/O programs, Paul Levy’s text has long been acclaimed for its concise, research-based approach, and personable writing style. The new edition again offers a thoroughly contemporary perspective on the field, with the latest research and new ways for students to explore what’s happening in I/O psychology today.

Psychology Applied to Work, 13th Edition
Satoris S. Culbertson & Paul M. Muchinsky, 2022


Description (from the website)

The 13th edition of Psychology Applied to Work® presents the story of industrial-organizational (I-O) psychology as told through the most recent research, summarized in a focused and easy-to-comprehend manner.  Each chapter presents four special features highlighting the impact of I-O psychology on key contemporary issues and designed to enhance student engagement in the field.

New in the 13th edition:

  • COVID-19 and I-O Psychology:  The impact of COVID-19 on aspects of the world of work
  • The Lighter Side of I-O Psychology:  Frequently-humorous reflections on people, events and situations in I-O
  • Consider This:  multiple reflection points within chapters wherein topics are further examined and thought-provoking questions raised for discussion

Continuing in the 13th edition:

  • Social Media and I-O Psychology:  The impact of social media sites and activities on the field of I-O psychology
  • Faces of I-O Psychology:  I-O psychologists showcased utilizing their knowledge and skillsets to make an impact on others.  This feature serves as a form of networking, introducing students to scientists and practitioners who have a vested interest in I-O psychology and wish to share their love of the field.

Collectively, these five features offer exciting new insights into how the field of I-O psychology is evolving in response to social changes.

In addition, the 13th edition has been restructured: in-text references are replaced with endnotes, providing a smoother reading experience for students.  This new edition features one new chapter - The Context of Work – with material on structural, social, environmental and legal contexts of work.  Topics previously dispersed in other chapters have been consolidated and expanded to include organizational structure, diversity, equity and inclusion, and humanitarian work psychology.  Over 200 new citations, and the research behind them, update, expand and incorporate new topics in the field.  The 13th edition examines the past and present, and glimpses into the future, of I-O.

Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 6th Edition
Ronald E. Riggio, 2017


Description (from the website)

Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology provides an accessible approach to psychological theory and its applications to the world of work. Using both classic theories and research along with the latest developments and innovations, this student-centered text shows practical applications of theoretical concepts using examples from work situations that students may be familiar with—such as service industries, internet companies, and startups—in addition to traditional office and factory work settings. Each chapter includes key terms and review questions, and the text features special sections highlighting applications of I/O psychology theories, psychological approaches to everyday work situations, and current areas of research and practice. 

Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Research and Practice, 7th Edition
Paul E. Spector, 2017


Distinct from any other text of its kind, Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Research and Practice, 7th Edition provides a thorough and clear overview of the field, without overwhelming today’s I/O Psychology student. Newly updated for its seventh edition, author Paul Spector provides readers with (1) cutting edge content and includes new and emerging topics, such as occupational health and safety, and (2) a global perspective of the field.

Psychology and Work: Perspectives on Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 1st Edition
Donald M. Truxillo, Talya N. Bauer, Berrin Erdogan, 2016


Psychology and Work is a new textbook for introductory Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology classes. Written by award-winning I/O professors with expertise in I/O Psychology and teaching this course, the book is organized into three main sections. It first includes an overview of the history of I/O Psychology and a chapter on research methods, subsequently covers the core principles of Industrial Psychology, and then discusses the key areas of Organizational Psychology.