Het belang van de context voor onderzoek binnen de organisatiepsychologie | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 25, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0921-5077
  • E-ISSN: 1875-7235


The importance of context in research on organizational behavior

The importance of context in research on organizational behavior

This article emphasizes the need to pay more attention to the context in field studies of organizational behavior. The context refers to factors external to the individual, which include organizational characteristics and societal and cultural factors. The context may offer additional explanations for research findings and may improve insights in underlying processes. In addition, a focus on contextual factors in a study may increase the fit between research and practice. This article describes the potential effects of contextual factors and offers possible reasons for the lack of attention to context in many studies. Finally, several recommendations are presented in order to bring contextual factors back into the study of behavior in organizations.


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