Our neoliberal fantasies? A preliminary test of research trends in leading journals in work and organizational psychology

Frederik Anseel, Saar Van Lysebetten, Roeliene Van Es, Julie Rosseel

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Abstract

Prior to engaging in a substantive discussion on the supposed influence of neoliberalism on research in work and organizational psychology (WOP), it is important to verify the empirical basis of the trends advanced by Bal and Dóci (Neoliberal ideology in work and organizational psychology, European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology [Online First Publication, 2018]). To this end, we content analysed 745 abstracts of empirical studies published in leading WOP journals during the years 2006–2007 and 2016–2017. Results of our content analysis do not support the hypothesized trends towards more instrumentality and individualism in WOP research, suggesting that Bal and Dóci’s (2018) portrayal of the WOP literature does not provide a solid basis for discussion. On the basis of our findings, we conclude with recommendations to broaden the scope of WOP research to also include macro-level, societal issues.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)549-551
Number of pages3
JournalEUROPEAN JOURNAL OF WORK AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
Volume27
Issue number5
Early online date17 Jul 2018
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Jul 2018

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