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Organizational psychology and poverty reduction: The multi‐dimensionality of the aid worker experience

Christopher D.B. Burt (Department of Psychology, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand)
Stuart C. Carr (Poverty Research Group, School of Psychology, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand)

Journal of Managerial Psychology

ISSN: 0268-3946

Article publication date: 16 August 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The 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.

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Citation

Burt, C.D.B. and Carr, S.C. (2011), "Organizational psychology and poverty reduction: The multi‐dimensionality of the aid worker experience", Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol. 26 No. 6, pp. 444-452. https://doi.org/10.1108/02683941111154329

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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