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MOURAO, Luciana; BASTOS, Antônio Virgílio Bittencourt  e  OLIVEIRA, Roberval Passos de. The saying and the doing in research on WOP. Rev. Psicol., Organ. Trab. [online]. 2016, vol.16, n.4, pp. 333-339. ISSN 1984-6657.

Research on Work and Organizational Psychology - WOP - tends to investigate its phenomena based on what is said, either through surveys or interviews. To what extent do we perceive the complexity of the area's constructs exclusively based on Saying? What explains such predominance? Such questions guided this theoretical essay, which is based on an analysis of the characteristics of the scientific production on some classic themes in organizational behavior. We conclude that the predominance of the comprehension of phenomena based on the subjects' accounts is due to both the ontological characteristics of its object and to operational considerations in the conduct of research. It would be appropriate, however, to explore the operational permeability of the object more closely and consider epistemological changes that strengthen the results obtained from analyses based on different perspectives. As an example, case studies are mentioned, as well as studies combining interviews and observations.

Palavras-chave : epistemology; ontology; Work and Organizational Psychology.

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