Welcome to the Homepage of the Section Work, Organizational, and Business Psychology!
Work, organizational, and business psychologists conduct research on and actively design interrelations between working, organizational, and market conditions as well as human experience and behavior in organizations. We aim to increase the fit between the individual and the work context in terms of health, performance, and efficiency. Research questions in business psychology concern human behavior and experience in the broader realm of economic relationships (e.g., consumers, tax payers, or job applicants) and economic processes (e.g., economic development or globalization).
Chair: Prof. Dr. Klaus Moser
Co-Chair: Prof. Dr. Sandra Ohly
Treasurer: Prof. Dr. Cornelius König
Background Information on our Section
German-speaking work, organizational, and business psychologists are organized in different national psychological societies and are often members of more than one society.
Our Section is part of the DGPs. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs, German Psychological Society, www.dgps.de) represents German-speaking psychology scientists. Currently, this organization has around 3,000 members. The DGPs is more than 100 years old and its 1st congress was held in 1904. Afterwards, congresses were held in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The sub-disciplines of psychology are reflected in 15 sections. One section is the section for work, organizational, and business psychology (Fachgruppe Arbeits-, Organsations- und Wirtschaftspychologie, www.aodgps.de). The section for work, organizational, and business psychology was founded in 1985 and currently has around 480 members. This section includes and provides services for scientists who live and work in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
In Germany, practitioners are organized in the BDP (Berufsverband deutscher Psychologinnen und Psychologen, Association of German Professional Psychologists, www.bdp-verband.org). The BDP also has a section for work, organizational, and business psychologists (Sektion Wirtschaftspsychologie (www.bdp-wirtschaftspsychologie.de/index.html).
In Austria, the situation is similar: Practitioners are organized in the BÖP (Berufsverband Österreichischer PsychologInnen, Association of Austrian Professional Psychologists), and the BÖP has a section for work, organizational, and business psychologists (Sektion der Arbeits-, Wirtschafts- und Organisationspsychologie, www.boep.or.at/awo/index.htm).
In Switzerland, the situation is a little different. There is a Swiss organization for work and organizational psychology (Schweizer Gesellschaft für Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie, SGPAOP, www.sgaop.ch) for both practitioners and scientists. The SGAOP is a member of an umbrella association with the abbreviation FSP. This abbreviation stands for three names (a German, a French, and an Italian one): Föderation Schweizer Psychologinnen und Psychologen / Fédération Suisse des Psychologues / Federazione Svizzera delle Psicologhe e degli Psicologhi (translated: Federation of Swiss Psychologists, www.psychologie.ch).
Note: there are individual Swiss members in the DGPs but the SGAOP covers the affairs of Swiss psychologists.
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