Applications of Holland's theory in industrial and organizational settings

  • Muchinsky P
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Abstract

This article discusses three applications of Holland's theory in industrial and organizational psychology. The first is his contribution to theory development through the concept of person-environment congruence, which is currently one of the dominant theoretical positions in organizational behavior. The second is his contribution to using occupational information, most notably that individuals should be self-directed participants in their own career exploration. This position is evidenced in the 1991 revision of the Dictionary of Occupational Tides and will continue;with the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). The third is the application of vocational interest measurement in two current organizational practices: cross-functional training and the formation of work teams. It is concluded that Holland's work represents a rare outcome - a source of influence on both the science and practice bf industrial/organizational psychology. (C) 1999 Academic Press.

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  • congruence
  • fit

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