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ABP Book -01

The Association for Business Psychology (ABP) has agreed to publish a new book – working title ‘Business Psychology in Practice, Volume 2’.

The book will comprise leading edge articles showcasing the ‘state of the art’ and future direction of Business Psychology. The ABP’s intention is to self-publish, which will maintain control over the cover price and ensure the book will be accessible to our current and future members, as well as be attractive to a wider audience.


It is expected that the book will be divided into some or all of the following topics, depending on proposed submissions:

  • The global village – business psychology across the world, e.g. cultural considerations, interventions and talent strategies relevant for global organisations, disparate, virtual and diverse teams
  • Wellbeing isn’t woolly – evidence based interventions linking productivity and effectiveness with high quality work environments and social responsibility, relating mind-set to performance
  • Leadership for resilient organisations – lessons from the economic downturn, the place of wisdom, sustainability, individual and group resilience linked to performance
  • Business Psychology in the digital age – e.g. new approaches to large scale recruitment, selection, performance appraisal that utilise the best of psychology alongside leading edge technology, how the internet has affected workplace behaviour
  • The brains behind the business – how progress in neuropsychology is contributing to practice development; interventions that relate to current understanding of how the brain works
  • Applying social psychology at work – acknowledging the importance of understanding group as well as individual behaviour, organisational context and systems

How you can contribute

The editorial team, headed by Pauline Grant (who edited Business Psychology in Practice, Vol.1), invites proposals for submissions from Principal Practitioners of the ABP (or those who will commit to that membership by the publication date). These submissions can be (but are not limited to):

  • A topic review – to introduce the topic area and identify the key influences and research on current thinking. (This can cover all or part of one of the topics outlined above).
  • An outline of theory and the practice that it has informed – probably including case study/studies showing the application of theory.
  • Evidence from practice that has led to a new model or theory– likely to summarise practical experiences and demonstrate how thinking has moved on.

For your proposal we require a brief outline of what you wish to submit. Please do not send full articles, as it might be necessary to provide direction as to what will eventually appear in the book. However, if your proposal is accepted we will ask you to complete your article by end June 2014.

If you would like to contribute content for the book, please provide the following information and declarations by email to Rajdeep Reno by Friday 14th March:

  1. Name(s) qualifications and job title(s) of author(s). If more than one author, please specify the lead author with whom we will communicate
  2. ABP membership status – NB if not currently a Principal Practitioner, you need to commit to joining/attaining that membership level
  3. A declaration that any permissions (e.g. to make reference to client work or to use material elsewhere copyrighted) will be obtained before publication
  4. A declaration that this has not been published elsewhere and, if accepted, will not be published elsewhere prior to the ABP book’s release
  5. The topic that your proposal falls into (see topic list) and the kind of submission you intend to make (i.e. Topic review, Theory leading to practice or Practice leading to theory/model)
  6. An estimate of the length of the text (i.e. without graphics/tables) of your completed article. (Note: an A4 page is roughly 500 words; likely length of finished articles would be 3000 – 6000 words)
  7. The title followed by a clear summary of your proposed submission in no more than a 500 words

If you wish to discuss a possible proposal please email

Next steps

  • You will be notified of any initial queries as soon as possible after receipt of your proposal.
  • In early April you will be informed if your proposal has been successful, or what modifications are required to accept your contribution.
  • If your proposal is accepted, you will be asked to submit your draft article by end June 2014.
  • Between June and end October 2014 we expect to work with you on any required revisions.
  • Anticipated publication will be early 2015.
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