New nonlinear and dynamic avenues for the study of work and organizational psychology: an introduction to the special issue

José Navarro, Rita Rueff-Lopes, Ramón Rico

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Abstract

Nonlinear and dynamic approaches are two main principles of complex systems. The work and organizational psychology field has recently applied these concepts to understand human behaviour at work. In this introductory paper, we describe how human behaviour at work can be understood from a nonlinear and dynamic perspective, developing and applying the advantages of this approach to continue moving beyond the frontiers of our knowledge. We focus on the theoretical, methodological, and epistemological implications of the nonlinear dynamic approach in the field. Then, we present the five papers included in this special issue. These papers have applied nonlinear and dynamic concepts to understand a wide range of phenomena: subordinates-supervisors relationships, team behaviour, deviant workplace behaviour, transformational leadership, and training transfer. Overall, these papers demonstrate the utility of nonlinear dynamics in our field and how we can create more time-sensitive and complex knowledge by paying special attention to when and how phenomena happen and how such phenomena interrelate over time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)477-482
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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