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I have a habit of posting longer pieces, but this will be relatively short.
A friend called today, asking if I could help her daughter find an internship. Of course, I love helping young people, so I said fine and asked what her major was. "Corporate Psychology" was the answer.
I know several contributors are in the field of psychology or psychiatry, so maybe they can help me understand what this is, and if it's real.
I am aware that it would be in the Human Relations department. Given my recent post on "A Culture of Thank You", I have a feeling I know what kind of stuff is involved. I'm not sure I like the concept. Any time a business meeting starts with phrases like "it's ok to be vulnerable" or "everyone needs to be aware this is a safe space" I become immediately wary of the goals of the meeting. Not being involved will likely work against you. So will being involved but asking the wrong questions. I think that's what Corporate Psychology is about. Manipulating people to devise a particular result. But maybe I'm wrong.
I'm afraid your friend's daughter has wasted a lot of money; There's no such thing as "Corporate Psychology", there's only individual psychology. Likewise, there's no such thing as "Social Justice", there is only individual justice. Corporations and Societies don't have brains, only individuals do. I feel sorry for the poor girl...
I think--hope, anyway--that "corporate psychology" is what was previously known as Business Psychology and/or Organizational Psychology. Its a real thing....but not, perhaps, of enormous utility. With regards to snopercod's post above, there absolutely are group psychologies, not simply individual psychology as he claims. The behavior of mobs, for example. Group-think. And on an infinitely more complicated level--often tragic--is Systems Psychology, the study of family psychology and dynamics.
I can also understand 'systems psychology', particularly as it applies to couples or families.
"Corporate Psychology" - to me - sounds like a made up concept which will draw people into a social studies field, spend a lot of money to study it, and then find that it doesn't really work the way they were taught.
Right now, (as my Culture of Thank You post points out) my group is undergoing the application of a very particular form of Corporate Psychology. Everyone (not really, but to keep the SVP happy) believes it's working. I just remain silent. I can see the few benefits it has provided, but the damage is growing by the day. It's unseen, and nobody wants to see it, but it's there. Management writing and re-writing objectives to conform to the language and rules. Hours in meetings to review these objectives and discuss them. Productive time during the day wasted - managers quietly discussing how they've had to use their personal time to finish real work.
The assumption being, of course, that once the objectives are 'encoded', we can stop meeting and just focus on productive work. But the problem is they are never encoded. They always change. Business objectives, particularly in my industry, are on a 6 month cycle as fads and new ideas are introduced, tested, adopted or discarded, and then players move on.
The only objective should be to get the work done efficiently and generate revenue at a reasonable profit margin whenever possible.
The application of "Corporate Psychology", at least as I'm currently seeing it, is to convince everyone that stuff is getting done when important issues are being overlooked. It's cultural management....
I have been a consultant in the area of Industrial-Organizational psychology for 30 years. My first book was on Job Analysis, but there are MANY books on Teams, Team Building, Survey technology, Training, Validity of Decision making, and many many others. I live here in Memphis. I have consulted with more than 25 billion dollar companies, five states and five federal agencies, inclluding State and Justice.
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An interesting topic. As a late starter in becoming a 'responsible and productive member of society', I have worked as as cog in the machine all of my 50 year career. As I moved from various labor 'positions' to trades, projects, design management, and consulting over the years, I observed shifts in general 'Personnel' management processes as well as shifts in seeking or filtering for assumed desirable traits for specific corporate positions. I would generally say that the 'Human Resources' departments of today may well evolve into the 'Biological Unit Management' departments of tomorrow :). Don't get me wrong - Having known a few psychologists who ply the trade of identifying and developing employees in a systems-based format, I think there is value here. I also think I may not be able to identify or quantify that value in many cases :). I shall remain blissfully ignorant of these matters until some of my younger relatives are motivated to train me.