The Joel Lefkowitz Reader: Why Values Matter to I-O

Just some stuff to add to your reading list

Just some stuff to add to your reading list

After a busy year or so I am finally getting around to writing about my I-O Shaken & Stirred Experience. This is bittersweet because Shaken & Stirred won’t be continuing at this year’s SIOP. Jennifer Weiss laid out the reasons why here. I’ll take this post as an excuse to include my Pre-SIOP19 thoughts.

During my I-O Shaken & Stirred talk, I focused on values. It’s a topic that as I-O psychology practitioners and academics we often forget.Whether you’re a practitioner serving a multinational client or an academic researcher pursuing scientific discoveries, your practice is affected by what you value. There’s one I-O who has always kept a focus on values at the forefront of his research and practice: Joel Lefkowitz.   

 I have met Joel a few times as a he is a staple at SIOP and Metro Applied Psychology events. Lefkowitz often presents the heart and soul of I-O. His writing often grapples with important questions around who we serve and what the outcomes of our practice and science may be.

Lefkowitz is a straight shooter and if you haven’t delved into the back issues of TIP to read his contributions, I would highly recommend it. His writing always reflects his deep concern for where I-O psychology is headed. His focus on humanist values reminds us of why many of us got into this field and the connection that I-O has to other areas of psychology. If you’re interested in making an impact on the world using I-O psychology check out the Global Organization of Humanitarian Work Psychology. It’s a great organization of I-Os looking to make a major impact on the planet!

If you’d like to learn more here’s a short reading list to get you thinking about the values of I-O.

Lefkowitz, J. (2015).  “The maturation of a profession: A work psychology for the new millennium.” Ch. 18 in I. McWha, D.C. Maynard & M. ONeill Berry (Eds.), Humanitarian work psychology and the global development agenda: Case studies and interventions.  Routledge Psychology Press.

Lefkowitz, J. (2013).  “Values and ethics of a changing I-O psychology: A call to (further) action.” Ch. 1 in J.B. Olson-Buchanan, L.L. Koppes Bryan & L.F.  Thompson (Eds.).  Using I-O psychology for the greater good: Helping those who help others.  Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Frontier Series, 13-42.

Lefkowitz, J. (2017). Ethics and values in industrial-organizational psychology. Routledge.

 Lefkowitz, J. (2010). Industrial-organizational psychology’s recurring identity crises: It’s a values issue! Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 3(3), 293-299.

Lefkowitz, J. (2008). To prosper, organizational psychology should… expand the values of organizational psychology to match the quality of its ethics. Journal of Organizational Behavior: The International Journal of Industrial, Occupational and Organizational Psychology and Behavior, 29(4), 439-453.

 Lefkowitz, J. (2005). The values of industrial-organizational psychology: Who are we. The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, 43(2), 13-20.

 Lefkowitz, J. (2006). The constancy of ethics amidst the changing world of work. Human resource management review, 16(2), 245-268.

Lefkowitz, J. (2012). The impact of practice values on our science. The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, 50(2), 16-22.

 Lefkowitz, J. (2013). Values of IO psychology, another example: What and whom we don't study and what it all suggests about the profession. The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, 51(2), 46-56.

Lefkowitz, J. (2011). The science, practice, and morality of work psychology. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 4(1), 112-115.

            There’s a lot to consider in Joel’s work so enjoy! Feel free to comment below about what you feel the values of I-O Psychology are and what they should be. If you see Joel at #SIOP19 be sure to say hello. He’s one of the greats in the field and a wonderful person to talk to and learn from.

 *Thanks to Beth Melillo for reminding me to write this piece.