Research Papers/Topics in Industrial Psychology

Employee Perceptions and Attitudes Towards Organizational Change: A Study of Selected Organisations in Ghana

ABSTRACT  The study examined the impact of employee perceptions and the type of change their organisation is undergoing on their attitudes toward organisational change. Specifically, the study aimed to identify possible relationships between these perceptions and employee attitudes. It also sought to determine which of the perceptions are stronger, to ascertain differences between mangers and non-managers attitudes towards change and to find out whether the type of change the organisatio...

The Influence of Organizational Trust and Organizational Empowerment On Employee Job Involvement at A Multinational Organization in Ghana; The Moderating Role of Job Insecurity

ABSTRACT The purpose of the current study was to examine the relationship between organizational trust and organizational empowerment on employee job involvement. A random sample of 192 workers from the Nestle Ghana Limited participated in the survey. The moderating effect on the relationship between organizational trust and organizational empowerment on employee job involvement was also examined. It was hypothesized that, the presence of organizational trust and organizational empowerment wo...

Social Capital, Perceived Organizational Politics, And Workplace Crime: A Study Of Workers At The Driver And Vehicle Licensing Authority In The Eastern And Greater Accra Regions Of Ghana.

ABSTRACT This study examined the relationship between social capital, perceived organizational politics and workplace crime. In addition, the study explored the mediating role of social capital on the relationship between perceived organizational politics and workplace crime. Using the crosssectional survey design, a total of one hundred and fifty employees from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority were conveniently sampled and tested. The hypotheses were tested using Pearson Product M...

Risk Perception, Risk-Taking Attitude and Risky Driving Behavior Among Drivers in Ghana

ABSTRACT The study investigated the relationship between driver’s risk perception, risk-taking attitudes and risky driving behavior. The purpose of the study was to explain the variance in risky driving behavior, an outcome variable, as accounted for by risk perception and risk-taking attitude and to expand the knowledge of these personality factors (risk perception and risk-taking attitude) that contribute to the increased levels of road traffic accidents in Ghana. The cross-sectional surv...

Role Of Cultural Variations, Self-Esteem And Gender In Work-Family Conflict

ABSTRACTThe research study investigated the roles of cultural variations, self-esteem and gender in workfamilyconflict. Seven hundred and thirty six (736) self selected workers drawn from sixrandomly selected federal institutions in three geo-political zones in Nigeria participated in thestudy. The institutions include: Bayero University Kano and Kaduna polytechnic (Both inNorth-West Nigeria), Federal University of Technology Owerri and University of NigeriaNsukka (Both in South-East...

Work-Life Interference, Psychological Conditions, Work Engagement And Turnover Intention At A Uranium Mine In Namibia

ABSTRACT Psychologists have long been concerned with the well-being of people and how it can be achieved. There are various routes to well-being, for example, via pleasure, engagement, accomplishment and meaning. This study focuses on the second route to well-being, namely engagement in the work context, and specifically the relation thereof to work-life interference. Interference of employees’ work with their home and home with work is an important factor impacting their work engagem...

Career Choice: A Challenge For High School Students.

ABSTRACTThis thesis investigates career choice from an industrial-psychological perspective inNamibia. The research question aimed to investigate whether Namibian youth areaware of the need to make career choice and whether they do make conscious careerdecisions. To assess career development and choice of students, Super’s CareerDevelopment Theory was employed as the theoretical framework for this study. Onlystudents in Grade 12 from two previous disadvantaged schools in Windhoek wereselect...

The Relationship Among Psychological Empowerment, Job Satisfaction And Organisation Job Satisfaction And Organisational Commitment Of Staff Members At The University Of Namibia

Abstract:The ability of organisations to be innovative and to empower their employees wouldlead to the organisation gaining that competitive edge. The process would start withmanagers feeling empowered and committed to the organisation (Bhatnagar, 2005).Thomas and Velthouse (1990) defined psychological empowerment as a set of fourcognitions reflecting an employee’s orientation to his/her role in terms of meaningcompetence, self-determination and impact.Job satisfaction is defined as “a st...

Work-Life Interference, Psychological Conditions, Work Engagement And Turnover Intention At A Uranium Mine In Namibia

ABSTRACTPsychologists have long been concerned with the well-being of people and how it can be achieved. There are various routes to well-being, for example, via pleasure, engagement, accomplishment and meaning. This study focuses on the second route to well-being, namely engagement in the work context, and specifically the relation thereof to work-life interference. Interference of employees’ work with their home and home with work is an important factor impacting their work engagement. Th...

The Happiness Of Retirees From A Mining Industry In Namibia

ABSTRACTRetirement from work is inevitable and it is one of the major transitions an individual goes through and this transition has significant psychosocial implications which should not be ignored. Though retirement and the experiences thereof are subjective and differ from individual to individual, it has financial, family, psychological, and social implications which affect the overall well-being or happiness of those retirees. Namibian organisations lack life skills initiatives to prepar...

Predictors Of Employee Engagement In Selected Organizations In The Windhoek Area In Namibia

ABSTRACT The academic study of engagement has its roots in studies of happiness and of burnout. Happiness consists of three distinct dimensions, namely, pleasure, meaning and engagement. The dimension of engagement is highly relevant to a working environment. The positive outcomes that have been linked to engagement have driven much of the research in this field. Living in an increasingly competitive world where performance and competitive advantage guide the thinking patterns it has b...

The Relationship Between Emotional Intelligence And Leadership Among Middle Managers in Namibia

Abstract Looking at the need for leadership ability from a more global perspective, it is evident that organizations worldwide are undergoing changes. To remain competitive and relevant, Namibian organizations must change to survive in an increasingly globalised and hyper-turbulent global market. Effective leadership is seen as one of the elements that can alter behaviour and make change happen. This study explores the relationship between emotional intelligence traits and leadership a...

Psychological Effects Of Affirmative Action

ABSTRACT The present study was conducted within the qualitative research paradigm with the aim to explore the psychological aspects of affirmative action in the Namibian context. It was against this background that Attribution Theory was used as a framework for the investigation of affirmative action. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews, thus interview guidelines were developed, one for the target group members and one for non-target group members. The interviews were...

Student Engagement At Polytechnic Of Namibia: Implications For Teaching Staff And Academic Performance

ABSTRACT This study measured engagement levels among students; determined the impact of resources usage and established to which extent students experience demands on their study. The study further explored the implications of engagement levels and resource usage to curriculum design, teaching staff and academic performance. A survey design was used, with questionnaires distributed to a randomly selected sample of 123 students. Data was analyzed using the SPSS 18.0 program (SPSS, 2009)....

The Relationship Between Locus Of Control And The Big Five Personality Dimensions Among Black Managers In Namibia

ABSTRACT This study investigated the relation of locus of control to the “big five” personality dimensions (Neuroticism, Extraversion, Openness to Experience, Agreeableness, and Conscientiousness) for 36 black managers in the private and semi-state organizations in Namibia. Spector’s (1988) work locus of control scale and the Revised NEO Personality Inventory were used to assess locus of control and the big five factors, respectively. It was hypothesized that external locus of con...


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