The Psychological view and organization theory

Giuseppe Scaratti, Luca Vecchio

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The contribution proposes a reflection on the relevance of Thompson’s work to modern times, from the perspective of Work and Organizational Psychology (WOP). The aim is to call for a renewed approach to the development of organizational theory in the WOP field. The examination of the relationship between Thompson’s work and psychology is developed according to two lines of study: the first sought to identify in Thompson’s contribution influences and traces of the psychological culture of his time; the second focused on the highlighting of anticipations and clues, echoes of which are found in subsequent theoretical frameworks in WOP.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJ.D. Thompson’s Organizations in Action 50th anniversary: a reflection
Number of pages25
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Organization Theory, meaning, ambiguity, complexity, activity theory


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