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Introduction to the special issue on job loss

Ronald Karren (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA)

Journal of Managerial Psychology

ISSN: 0268-3946

Article publication date: 2 November 2012




The primary purpose of this article is to raise awareness about the need for additional research on job loss. It also aims to provide an introduction to the special issue, and a description of the articles in it.


The article highlights some of the important research on job loss since the early 1990s.


Additional theory and research is needed to assist the well‐being and the job search process of the unemployed.

Research limitations/ implications

This article offers suggestions on advancing new research ideas that can be used to assist individuals who have lost their jobs and to organizations that have been involved in a layoff.

Practical implications

The article argues that knowledge related to the effects of job loss can be used to assist organizations in promoting programs to enhance the well‐being of laid‐off individuals.

Social implications

Research on job loss is needed to address the problems of laid‐off individuals.


The article provides a contribution to the social issues literature as it raises awareness of the need for additional research on job loss.



Karren, R. (2012), "Introduction to the special issue on job loss", Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol. 27 No. 8, pp. 772-779.



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