In this course, people’s behavior in organisations is studied from a multidisciplinary perspective. Due to the importance of the course content for students who opt for an M.Sc. in psychology, particular emphasis is put on the role played by psychologists in the analysis and solution of organizational problems. Individual, group and organizational levels of analysis and intervention are included in covering such topics as perception, communication, motivation, emotion and mood, learning, individual effectiveness & development, team and group development and performance, work design, creativity, intergroup behavior, organizational development and change, leadership, management, management of change, and human resource practices. The materials applicable to all of these subjects are too vast and numerous to be fully covered in one course; but the course is designed in such a way that a number of these subjects are covered profoundly, while for others the surface will be scratched deep enough so that students will (hopefully) become motivated to pursue in-depth learning in the respective areas on his/her own.
Three levels of behavioral and organizational theory and analysis will be studied. The first level is about making sense of the individual's role in organizations. This is the micro level of analysis. Individuals are the basic unit of organizations. Most work in organizations is done in groups with individuals playing instrumental roles in creating solutions to organizational problems or causing organizational failures and risks. Questions to be raised include: what characterizes individuals and what motivates an individual’s behavior. Organizations are made up of groups of individuals (workgroups, teams, departments, divisions, business units. etc.). This is the meso level. With reference to this, group processes/group dynamics will be studied and the interaction between leaderships styles and group functioning. The third focus of organizational psychology is put on what is referred to as the macro level. Issues of organizational formation (design), culture, change, development and learning are all part of the organization-as-a-whole.
As a future professional, it will be helpful for you to understand your own ability to make changes happen in organizations, and to lead groups to find solutions, deal with risks and learn from failures. Throughout the course you will be given the opportunity to discover which leadership skills you appreciate in others, learn about your own leadership skills and develop reflective practitioner skills.
- Teacher: Eri Park