Materials for Incorporating I-O Into an Introductory Psychology Textbook

Prepared by the Education and Training Committee and the GIT (Getting I-O into Introductory Psychology Textbooks) Task Force of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

The following materials were created by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) in an effort to produce a standalone I-O chapter and very brief summaries of core I-O content for inclusion within introductory psychology textbooks. Although interest in I-O psychology has grown among students, very few introductory psychology textbooks cover the topic. Therefore, we have designed a boilerplate chapter and 1-page summaries of core content that correspond directly with SIOP’s areas of competence with the exception of Fields of Psychology and History and Systems of Psychology. Additionally, a summary was provided by members of the Humanitarian Work Psychology (HWP), a movement that is using I-O to improve working conditions for workers in all settings.

For each summary, writers were instructed to discuss key theories, findings, and key applications. We also stressed the importance of providing summaries focused on communicating I-O’s useful ideas and major findings. It is our hope that you will incorporate this content in your textbooks so that undergraduate students may gain a broader perspective on our field and the key role we play in shaping human behavior and promoting human flourishing. We also hope that the materials provided will make your job easier. Contact information for the committee and task force is contained within each summary (and chapter) below so that prospective users of the materials may ask any questions about the work.

The summaries were developed by the Education and Training Committee and the GIT task force of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. The Education and Training Committee members responsible for planning and organizing the collection of summaries include:  Stephen Young, Gary Giumetti, Julia Fullick, Deborah DiazGranados, Jen Gibson, Diane Wentworth, and Vipanchi Mishra. The GIT task force members include: Joe Allen (Chair), Georgia Chao, Deborah DiazGRanados, Jen Gibson, Roni Reiter-Palmon, Marissa Shuffler Porter, and Nick Salter, The committee and task force members responsible for planning and writing the boilerplate chapter include:  Joe Allen, Talya Bauer, Jason Dahling, Deborah DiazGranados, Jen Gibson, and Thaddeus Rada-Bayne, and Diane Wentworth.

The committee would like to thank the following writers and reviewers for providing all of the content in this effort: Mark Nagy, Tim Huelsman, Tammy Allen, Liu-Qin Yang, Mark Poteet, Leslie Miller, Gary Giumetti, Jennifer Bunk, Matthew Fleischer, Kristina Bauer, Jane Halpert, David Costanza, Brian Schrader, Monica Dunnagan, Cheryl Bolstad, Pamela Savage-Knepshield, Lise Saari, Jeff Cucina, Vipanchi Mishra, Ashley Hoffman, Ishbel McWha-Hermann, Diane Wentworth, Paul Thoresen, Gordon Schmidt, Joel Nadler, Ashley Hoffman, Isabel McWha, Mark LoVerde, Daniele Bologna, Katherine Sliter, Brittany Davis, Jen Gibson, Garrett Howardson, George Hay, Elizabeth Schwab, and Pamela Savage-Knepshield. Without everyone’s help, this effort would not have been possible.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. As noted in the license agreement, licensees may use this material in whole or in part, and also adapt the material as long as the licensees give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made.The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology is Division 14 of the American Psychological Association and an organizational affiliate of the Association for Psychological Science.


Industrial-Organizational Psychology (pdf) (docx)


General Knowledge and Skills (excluding areas of Fields of Psychology and History and Systems of Psychology)

  1. Ethical, Legal, Diversity, and International Issues (pdf) (docx)
  2. Professional Skills (Communication, Business/Research Proposal Development, Consulting, & Project-Management Skills) (pdf) (docx)
  3. Research Methods (pdf) (docx)
  4. Statistical Methods/Data Analysis (pdf)

Core Content

  1. Attitude Theory, Measurement, and Change
  2. Career Development
  3. Criterion Theory and Development
  4. Groups and Teams
  5. Human Performance
  6. Individual Assessment
  7. Individual Differences
  8. Job/Task/Work Analysis/Competency Modeling and Classification
  9. Judgment and Decision Making
  10. Leadership and Management
  11. Occupational Health and Safety
  12. Organization Development
  13. Organization Theory
  14. Performance Appraisal/Management
  15. Personnel Recruitment, Selection, and Placement
  16. Training: Theory, Delivery, Program Design, and Evaluation
  17. Work Motivation 

Related Areas of Competence

  1. Consumer Behavior
  2. Human Factors
  3. Humanitarian Work Psychology