Purpose – This guest editorial seeks to introduce the papers in this
special issue, which focus on the contribution which industrial and
organizational psychology can make towards poverty reduction. It also
aims to suggest future research directions.
Design/methodology/approach – The paper begins by offering a broad
conceptualization of how industrial and organizational psychology can
frame an approach towards poverty reduction. The second part gives a
brief outline of each paper in the special issue.
Findings – This special issue brings together studies which generally
focus on aspects of the aid worker experience, addressing adjustment
issues for international aid workers, relationships between workers, and
the value of self-organizing and social support.
Practical implications – Factors, which could hinder aid workers from
achieving their goals, are a common theme across the papers. Variables,
which need to be considered, scales, which could be adopted for
measuring key issues, and policy issues, which aid organizations need to
consider, are discussed.
Originality/value – The paper highlights how industrial and
organizational psychology can contribute to poverty reduction.
Burt, C.D.B.; Carr, S.C. Organizational psychology and poverty reduction: The multi-dimensionality of the aid worker experience. Journal of Managerial Psychology (2011) 26 (6) 444-452. [DOI: 10.1108/02683941111154329]
Organizational psychology and poverty reduction: The multi-dimensionality of the aid worker experience