INTEGRATING ORGANIZATION STUDIES AND COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY: A PROCESS MODEL OF AN ORGANIZING SENSE OF PLACE IN WORKING LIVES

Thomas S. Calvard
  • Journal of Community Psychology, July 2015, Wiley
  • DOI: 10.1002/jcop.21754

Integrating Organization Studies and Community Psychology

What is it about?

This paper looks at how place and space and community affect how we move around as we go about our working lives. The spaces and places we find ourselves in have a huge effect on our identity and well-being. Two fields of organization studies and community psychology can be brought together because they overlap in sharing a concern over these issues. The paper develops a three-stage model looking at how workers might interpret different places as they travel between them. Overall, considering place, space and community is also important for being more specific about what particular work contexts look like.

Why is it important?

Place, space and geography are crucial to understanding the specific contexts, look and feel of various work environments, and to date community psychology and organizational psychology have developed quite separately, which has hindered recognition of appreciating the different places and spaces workers occupy.

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Thomas Calvard

At a personal level, I am passionate about places and spaces and the way they make us feel, ranging from positive to negative. I believe if we can address the look and feel of places and spaces where people spend their time to work, relax and socialise - this is a concrete way to improve quality of life for people working and consuming.

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