Estudos de Psicologia (Natal)
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BENDASSOLLI, Pedro F.; BORGES-ANDRADE, Jairo Eduardo and MALVEZZI, Sigmar. Work and organizational psychology paradigms, thematic streams and tensions in Brazil. Estud. psicol. (Natal) [online]. 2010, vol.15, n.3, pp. 281-289. ISSN 1413-294X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-294X2010000300008.
The great theoretical and methodological diversity of Work and Organizational Psychology (WOP) approaches in Brazil reflects the presence of distinct scientific paradigms in the setting of boundaries and the organization of this field. The purpose of this paper is to analyze these paradigms and relate them with three WOP thematic streams in Brazil: the behavioral stream; the subjectivity stream; and the clinical stream. We investigate epistemological and methodological fundamentals, some studies and authors in each of these streams, discussing their contribution to the field of WOP in Brazil. The paper discusses the stresses that exist among these streams, which arise from the pressure of corresponding at once to academic rigor and organizational relevance criteria. Finally, the article shows the diversification of the field of WOP in Brazil and resulting challenges.
Keywords : Work psychology; organizational psychology; scientific paradigms; research methodology; philosophy of science.