Psychology, Sociology, And Anthropology

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The general definition of psychology states that psychology is the study of human behavior, not the study of groups of humans (that is better coved by sociology and anthropology). Now, organizational psychology is the study of human behavior in an organizational context. There is one problem with that; an organization isn’t a single person, an organization is composed of multiple people. By definition organizational psychology is not actually psychology because it does not focus on the individual in an organizational context. To quote a great man, “my science does not give a shit about people…were ruthless” –Steven Toaddy.
Organizational psychologists attempt to apply psychological principles, which are researched at an individual level, to organizations, which are not individual level. So to answer the question, is it worth studying, no, it is not worth studying. The realm of sociology, anthropology, and economics can cover studying groups, organizations, and organizational actions and behaviors there is no room for a science in an organizational context that studies the behaviors of individuals.
Staw (1991) proposes several different counter arguments against the aforementioned claims, but that will be better covered in the next answer. Instead I would like to discuss how autonomy plays into this whole matter. Staw proposes that a single person may represent the org. This was his argument for how macro behavior is actually micro behavior. This is often countered argued…
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