The IOTech4D lab is housed within the Department of Psychology at North Carolina State University. Our research group is interested in how industrial-organizational psychology and information technology can be combined to improve work that is carried out for the purpose of global development. This includes work performed in service of the Millennium Development Goals, which focus on areas such as poverty reduction, universal education, gender equality, and environmental sustainability.
We are convinced that human welfare can be fundamentally improved through the world of work. Such work is often carried out by volunteers and aid professionals from high-income settings. Perhaps more importantly, it is also carried out by members of local communities in resource constrained regions of the world.
As IOTech4D scientists, we bridge the worlds of industrial-organizational (IO) psychology, humanitarian work psychology (HWP) and information and communication technologies for development (ICTD). We are interested in enhancing the science and practice of IO psychology and HWP through an understanding and use of information and communication technologies. At the same time, we focus on using principles from the organizational sciences to improve efforts within the field of ICTD.
IO stands for industrial-organizational psychology. We use scientific methods to answer the types of questions that for-profit and non-profit work organizations care about, such as how to select the best job applicants, how to train employees, how to evaluate job performance, how to motivate the workforce, how to promote effective teamwork, and how to reduce turnover.
Tech stands for technology. We are interested in how information and communication technologies help and hinder workers.
4D has a double meaning. First, it stands for “for development.” Our research group is interested in how IO psychology and information technology can be combined to improve work that is carried out for the purpose of global development. Second, it represents the 4 dimensions of our research group: Work, Psychology, Technology, and Global Development.
Our research studies are situated at the intersection of 3 if not all 4 of the dimensions above. We are a four-dimensional lab!
Click here to watch a video of IOTech4D lab director Lori Foster Thompson discussing work, psychology, technology, global development, and the important synergies realized through teaching and research devoted to these topics.