Organizational and vocational behavior in times of crisis: a review of empirical work undertaken during the COVID-19 pandemic and introduction to the special issue

Alexander Newman, Nathan Eva, Uta K. Bindl, Adam C. Stoverink

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The challenges faced by individuals and organizations during the COVID-19 crisis have significantly changed how businesses operate. In response, how we think about organizational and vocational behavior research has shifted. Questions of how leaders manage their workforce, how workers manage their daily work demands, and how workers consider their career options during and post the pandemic have attracted scholars' interest to assist businesses with recalibrating to a “new normal.” Presented in this special issue are 10 original articles that seek to propel the organizational and vocational behavior fields forward, addressing questions important in the context of crises, on working life. In our introduction to the special issue, we set the scene for this new research by reviewing the organizational and vocational behavior literature published over the first 2 years of the pandemic that has explored the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on organizations and workers. This existing body of research covers emotions, work attitudes and behaviors, health and well-being, and team and career-related outcomes in the context of the crisis. The special issue also reflects on the enduring challenges for organizational and vocational behavior scholars conducting research during times of crisis to provide a roadmap for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)743-764
Number of pages22
JournalApplied Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022


  • COVID-19
  • crisis
  • organizational behavior
  • pandemic
  • review
  • vocational behavior

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