Organizational Psychology (241150)

Learning Outcomes

UC aims to provide basic notions and processes to identify different levels of analysis and methods used in the study of organizations; distinguish the main guiding theoretical frameworks; recognize the individual, group and organizational with effects on productivity, performance, communication and change processes.
Thus, specificity to recognize the organizations psychology intervention in human factor at work as well as it is possible to build a comprehensive approach to the three levels of assessment and intervention in organizations for professional practice.

Study Program

Part I. Introduction to Organizational Psychology
1. Definition and historical context
2. The organization: concept and function
3. The importance of Organizational Psychology for the professional practice of the social worker

Part II. Theories of Organizations
1. Classic Approach 
2. Humanistic approach
3. Systemic perspective of Organizations

Part III. Levels of analysis in organizations
1. Individual level: motivation and job satisfaction
2. Groups level: groups and work teams, communication
3. Organizational level: organizational culture and climate, change evaluation and intervention



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Gonçalves, Sónia (2014). Psicossociologia do trabalho e das organizações – princípios e práticas. Lisboa. Editora Pactor.
Rego, A., Cunha, M. P., Cunha, R. C., Cabral-Cardoso, C., & Marques, C. A. (2015). Manual de gestão de pessoas e do capital humano. (3ª ed). Lisboa: Edições Sílabo.