Kurt Lewin

Kurt Lewin (lōō´Ĭn), 1890–1947, American psychologist, b. Germany, Ph.D. Univ. of Berlin, 1914. He taught at the Univ. of Berlin before coming to the United States in 1932. He was professor (1935–44) of child psychology at the Univ. of Iowa and director (from 1944) of the research center for group dynamics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Influenced by Gestalt psychology, he was concerned with problems of motivation of individuals and of groups as determined by the context of a given situation. His work opened up a new realm of psychological investigation. His writings include A Dynamic Theory of Personality (tr. 1935), Principles of Topological Psychology (1936), The Conceptual Representation and Measurement of Psychological Forces (1938), and Resolving Social Conflicts (1947).

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Kurt Lewin: The "Practical Theorist" for the 21st Century
Coghlan, David; Brannick, Teresa.
Irish Journal of Management, Vol. 24, No. 2, July 1, 2003
Reinstating the Lewinian Vision: From Force Field Analysis to Organization Field Assessment
Cronshaw, Steven F.; McCulloch, Ashley N. A.
Organization Development Journal, Vol. 26, No. 4, Winter 2008
Principles of Topological Psychology
Kurt Lewin; Grace M. Heider; Fritz Heider.
McGraw-Hill, 1936
Librarian’s tip: This is the original book in which Lewin proposed his equation B=f(PE)
Fifty Key Thinkers in Psychology
Noel Sheehy.
Routledge, 2004
Librarian’s tip: "Lewin, Kurt (1890-1947)" begins on p. 138
Organizational Behavior: Foundations, Theories, and Analyses
John B. Miner.
Oxford University Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: "Lewin: Personality Theory and Social Psychology Arrive" begins on p. 42
Portraits of Pioneers in Psychology
Gregory A. Kimble; Michael C. Wertheimer.
American Psychological Association, vol.3, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7 "Kurt Lewin: His Psychology and a Daughter's Recollections"
Lewin's Field Theory as Situated Action in Organizational Change
Rosch, Ed.
Organization Development Journal, Vol. 20, No. 2, Summer 2002
Action Research for Health and Social Care: A Guide to Practice
Elizabeth Hart; Meg Bond.
Open University Press, 1995
Librarian’s tip: "Kurt Lewin and the Emergence of Action Research" begins on p. 12
Topics in the History of Psychology
Gregory A. Kimble; Kurt Schlesinger.
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, vol.2, 1985
Librarian’s tip: "Field Theory" begins on p. 382
Human Motivation
Bernard Weiner.
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1980
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Four "Kurt Lewin's Field Theory"
Learning Theory in the Practice of Management Development: Evolution and Applications
Sidney Mailick; Stephen A. Stumpf.
Quorum Books, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "Learning Theory for Management: The Theories of John Dewey, Kurt Lewin, and Malcolm Knowles" begins on p. 12
Message Production: Advances in Communication Theory
John O. Greene.
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Lewin is discussed in Chap. 8 "Framing Message Production Research with Field Theory"
Classics in Psychology
Thorne Shipley.
Philosophical Library, 1961
Librarian’s tip: "Intention, Will and Need" by Kurt Lewin begins on p. 1234
Twentieth Century Psychology: Recent Developments in Psychology
Philip Lawrence Harriman.
Philosophical Library, 1946
Librarian’s tip: "Training in Democratic Leadership" by Alex Bavelas and Kurt Lewin begins on p. 175, and "Patterns of Aggressive Behavior in Experimentally Created 'Social Climates'" by Kurt Lewin, Ronald Lippitt, and Ralph L. White begins on p. 200
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